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How To Use Essential Oils For Hemorrhoids

Using essential oils for hemorrhoids may help relieve their pain and itchiness. Just remember that it's always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider, and definitely see your doctor if you have bleeding.

These swollen veins in the lower rectum or anus are most commonly caused by straining during bowel movements, which increases the pressure in the veins.

To help prevent hemorrhoids, avoid constipation and having to strain by getting enough fiber in your diet and drinking plenty of water. Stool softeners are also an option.

To reduce itching, PubMed Health suggests using cotton swabs to apply witch hazel to hemorrhoids. Also, don't scratch, and do use wet wipes instead of toilet tissue with perfumes or colors.

Another suggestion for relief is to sit in a warm sitz bath for 10 to 15 minutes. You can add essential oils if desired. Judith Jackson, aromatherapist and author of Scentual Touch: A Personal Guide to Aromatherapy recommends mixing 20 drops lavender and 20 drops juniper essential oils into a shallow, hot bath and soaking for 10 minutes.

Essential Oils For Hemorrhoids

Try an oil, cream, wipes, or compress for hemorrhoid relief.

Hemorrhoid Oil

For hemorrhoids, the Essential Oils Desk Reference suggests this blend:

  • 3 drops cypress essential oil
  • 2 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 10 drops myrtle essential oil
  • 15 drops carrier oil

Apply 3-5 drops as needed. It may sting a little; if it stings too much, add more carrier oil to the blend.

Hemorrhoid Cream Recipe

To make a hemorrhoid cream:

  • 3 drops cypress essential oil
  • 3 drops geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops juniper essential oil
  • 1 drop myrrh essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons unscented moisturizing cream or aloe vera gel

Mix essential oils into cream or gel. Apply as needed.

Source: Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home

Hemorrhoid Aloe Wipes

From Hands-On Healing Remedies:

  • 1/2 cup aloe vera juice
  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 75 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a dark bottle and shake well to blend. Store in cool, dark place.

To use: Shake. Soak a square cosmetic cotton pad with the wash. Wipe affect area. Use up to five times a day.

Hemorrhoid Compress

To make a compress with aromatherapy oils for hemorrhoids:

  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop neroli essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled witch hazel
  • Jar of witch hazel or aloe vera wipes
  1. Blend the essential oils and witch hazel.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of the blend into the jar of wipes. 
  3. Use a wipe as a compress.

Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies

I suggest Young Living essential oils.

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