Using essential oils for hemorrhoids (piles) may help relieve their pain and itchiness. Just remember it's always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider. 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, you can use cotton swabs or pads to apply witch hazel to hemorrhoids. Also, don't scratch, and do use unscented wet wipes instead of toilet tissue with perfumes or colors.
Another suggestion 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 Healing suggests this hemorrhoid sitz bath:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy suggests 4 drops of geranium essential oil in a sitz bath. Afterwards, dry the area and apply a little of the following blend:
Here's how to make an oil, cream, wipes, or compress for hemorrhoid relief.
The Essential Oils Desk Reference suggests this blend of essential oils for hemorrhoids:
Apply 3 to 5 drops as needed. It may sting a little — if it stings too much, add more carrier oil to the blend.
To make a hemorrhoid cream:
Mix essential oils into cream or gel. Apply as needed.
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.
To make a compress with aromatherapy oils for hemorrhoids: