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Essential Oils: The Best Way To Treat Hemorrhoids

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Essential Oils: The Best Way To Treat Hemorrhoids June 27, 2018

Hemorrhoids are synonymous with torture. And unless you experience them, you cannot understand how painful and severe they are!

Fortunately, there are excellent medicines available to treat hemorrhoids – out of which, my personal favorites are essential oils. These oils have been used since time immemorial to treat a variety of diseases.

In this article, you’ll get to know which essential oils work the best in curing these painful hemorrhoids. Happy reading!

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What Are Hemorrhoids? Why Are They Caused?

Hemorrhoids or piles are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum (something like varicose veins). Depending on the location, they can be internal or external.

Hemorrhoids have many causes – pregnancy, obesity, postural defects, constipation, etc. In most cases, the reason is unknown.

The swollen veins can lead to the formation of an extremely painful blood clot, which sometimes needs to be lanced surgically.

To avoid surgical procedures, alternative therapies like homeopathy, naturopathy, and aromatherapy are being popularly used, and they are highly successful in reducing the severity of hemorrhoids with minimal or no side effects.

The most helpful and affordable of all the options is using essential oils like tea tree oil, geranium oil, juniper oil, frankincense oil, clove oil, cypress oil, myrtle oil, etc.

Let’s get into the details of which essential oils you can use and how. Scroll down!

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14 Best Essential Oils For Hemorrhoids

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Geranium Essential Oil
  3. Dill Oil
  4. Primrose Oil
  5. Juniper Oil
  6. Lavender Oil
  7. Frankincense Oil
  8. Chamomile Essential Oil
  9. Sandalwood Essential Oil
  10. Cypress Oil
  11. Patchouli Oil
  12. Helichrysum Oil
  13. Myrtle Essential Oil
  14. Clove Essential Oil

1. Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil has antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that can heal cuts, wounds, allergies, psoriasis, and other skin problems (1). It can also prevent microbial infections and accelerate the healing of damaged blood vessels with its antioxidant activity.

Applying tea tree oil to the affected area can relieve the pain, itching, and burning sensation due to the swollen blood vessels.

Do a patch test before applying it to your anus because some people are allergic to crude tea tree oil.

Directions To Use
  1. If you are not allergic to tea tree oil, apply it generously to the affected area on the rim of the anus using a soft cloth or cotton wool.It is better to mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier like coconut oil, castor oil, or almond oil to avoid side effects.

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2. Geranium Essential Oil

Chinese and Iranian medicine use geranium oil to cure dysentery, inflammation, microbial infections, wounds and cuts, and even cancer.

Geranium essential oil is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and cytotoxic agent because of its phytochemical content. It has terpenes like citronellol, linalool, trans-geraniol, cadinene, and germacrene D as its primary constituents.

Geranium oil is an important player in aromatherapy because it has a relaxing effect on your mind, improves circulation, stimulates and clears lymphatic system, aids detox, and helps overcome addictions.

Thanks to its medicinal properties, geranium oil gives maximum relief from hemorrhoids, indigestion, constipation, and phlebitis (2).

Directions To Use
  1. Mix six drops of geranium oil with a carrier like coconut oil, castor oil, or olive oil.
  2. Apply it gently to the affected area with a soft cloth or cotton ball regularly.

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3. Dill Oil

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Dill is used as a flavoring agent in global cuisines and has multiple medicinal benefits, especially for your GI tract.

It cures indigestion and flatulence, relieves stomach cramps, and lowers cholesterol. And dill oil can heal wounds when applied topically.

Dill essential oil contains carvone, limonene, and phellandrene that have an analgesic (pain killing) effect, along with compounds like coumarins and flavonoids that improve circulation (3).

These properties make dill oil an ideal candidate to treat bleeding external hemorrhoids. Don’t you think?

Directions To Use
  1. Mix 5-10 drops of dill oil with a carrier like coconut oil, castor oil, or olive oil.
  2. Apply it gently to the affected area with a soft cloth or cotton ball.

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4. Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is the solution for all of your skin, menstrual health, cognition, and bone woes.

This oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids like GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) that reduce inflammation in your body.

Primrose oil, made from the plant’s seed, can heal skin disorders like eczema, acne, and psoriasis, along with menopausal and premenstrual syndrome, because of its biochemical composition.

Using primrose oil can reduce the painful itching sensation that comes with piles (hemorrhoids) and heals the affected area.

Directions To Use
  1. Take a few drops of primrose oil on a clean, sterile cotton ball or cloth.
  2. Apply gently to the rim of the anus.

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5. Juniper Oil

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Juniper oil was used in ancient Turkish medicine for its antinociceptive, antioxidant, antiseptic, diuretic, analgesic, antirheumatic, and antimicrobial properties.

Juniper oil contains sesquiterpenes like cedrene, cedrol, thujopsene, along with flavonoids, which have incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (4).

Applying it to hemorrhoids reduces the inflammation, pain, sepsis (if any), and bleeding while passing stool drastically.

Directions To Use
  1. Dilute juniper oil with a carrier like almond oil, castor oil, or avocado oil.
  2. Apply it gently to external hemorrhoids or the rim of the anus with a soft cloth or cotton ball regularly.

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6. Lavender Oil

Another essential oil known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, lavender oil is one of the commonly recommended ingredients in aromatherapy.

It promotes overall well-being by soothing the strained nerves, improving blood circulation, relieving the soreness of your body (when massaged with), managing anxiety and depression, and healing wounds and mild skin rashes.

As a result, lavender oil reduces the size and severity of hemorrhoids and allows pain-free bowel movements.

Directions To Use
  1. Dilute lavender oil with jojoba oil or coconut oil.
  2. Apply it gently to the rim of the anus or the affected area with a soft cloth or cotton ball regularly.

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7. Frankincense Oil

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Frankincense is a sticky resin extracted from the plant Boswellia serrata. It has been traditionally used in folk medicine to cure various inflammatory and chronic diseases.

Frankincense oil is made by steam distillation of the sticky resin, and it has excellent therapeutic properties – including antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, diuretic, and anticancer effects (5).

Since frankincense oil is rich in monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, alcohols, and esters, using it as an alternative medicine for hemorrhoids can give quick relief from pain, reduce the inflammation, and cure constipation (6).

Directions To Use
  1. Dilute 2-3 drops of frankincense oil with a carrier like jojoba oil, castor oil, or coconut oil.
  2. Massage the mixture on the rim of the anus or the inflamed area with a soft cloth or cotton ball.

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8. Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil has been extensively used in Unani, homoeopathy, and several traditional medicinal preparations.

It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and sudorific effects on your body. It can heal wounds, skin lesions, boils, and even hemorrhoids when applied topically (7).

Directions To Use
  1. Dilute 2-3 drops of chamomile oil with a carrier like jojoba oil, castor oil, or coconut oil.
  2. Massage the mixture on the rim of the anus or the inflamed area with a soft cloth or cotton ball.

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9. Sandalwood Essential Oil

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Sandalwood oil or white sandalwood is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent and is widely used in Indian folk medicine to cure skin allergies.

It has potent analgesic and antipyretic actions – if you are running a high temperature, it can bring the fever down and give you lasting relief.

This cooling property comes into play when it is applied to the hemorrhoids. It reduces the excruciating pain and can prevent infections because of its disinfecting effect (8).

Directions To Use
  1. Add 4-5 drops of sandalwood oil to a carrier like olive oil, castor oil, or coconut oil.
  2. Mix the contents and massage on the inflamed area with a soft cloth or cotton ball.

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10. Cypress Oil

Cypress essential oil has high levels of pinene, carene, limonene, α-terpinolene, and related terpenes that are anti-inflammatory agents. It is a potent astringent and can heal open or injured blood vessels quickly.

Cypress oil can treat a toothache, bleeding wounds, bruises, pimples, sores, and even hemorrhoids. It is very gentle on your skin and stops the bleeding from external hemorrhoids almost immediately (9).

It has a soothing smell and exhibits high antimicrobial activity. You can try using soaps, creams, and lotions rich in cypress oil to lessen the severity of hemorrhoids.

Directions To Use
  1. Add 4-5 drops of cypress oil to a carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil
  2. Mix the contents and gently massage into the affected area.

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11. Patchouli Oil

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Patchouli oil has antimicrobial, antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, insecticidal, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, laxative, and vulnerary properties.

Phew! That’s a long list – thanks to its phytochemicals eugenol, pinene, benzaldehyde, patchoulenone, and various sesquiterpenes.

And that’s why patchouli oil is one of the best home remedies to treat hemorrhoids. The combined action of anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, astringent, and laxative effects rapidly cures severe hemorrhoids and also prevents constipation (10).

Directions To Use

Gently massage a few drops of patchouli oil with your fingers into the affected area or on the rim of the anus.

Did You Know?

  • Pacholi or Patchouli is extensively used in India to scent fabrics.
  • Indian inks were scented with patchouli.
  • Such inks fixed the color, and the alcohol Patchoulol aided the inks to dry more quickly!

 

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12. Helichrysum Oil

Helichrysum essential oil extracted from the Helichrysum italicum plant has been used for centuries to treat conditions like allergies, indigestion, cold and cough, wounds, bruises, and constipation.

Because of its anti-inflammatory property and tissue growth-stimulating and analgesic effects, helichrysum oil can be used to treat hemorrhoids.

Applying the oil on painful and piercing hemorrhoids can give you great relaxation and gradually ensure free bowel movements.

Directions To Use
  1. Blend 4-5 drops of helichrysum oil with a carrier oil like almond oil or avocado oil.
  2. Apply it to the affected rectal cavity or other external hemorrhoids.

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13. Myrtle Essential Oil

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Myrtus communis is a medicinal plant native to the Mediterranean and Asian subcontinents.

Myrtle oil is extracted from different parts of the plant and has notable therapeutic properties – including antimicrobial, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, lipolytic, antidiabetic, antioxidant, decongestant, antirheumatic, hemostatic, vulnerary, and digestive properties.

Myrtle essential oil has bioactive compounds like linalool, eucalyptol, pinene, terpineol, and geranyl acetate, which reduce inflammation of the veins, causing the hemorrhoids to swell, soften the surrounding tissues, and prevent them from bleeding and worsening (11).

Directions To Use
  1. Add 4-5 drops of myrtle oil to an ounce of cold cream.
  2. Mix the contents and apply gently to the inflamed rectal cavity or other external hemorrhoids.

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14. Clove Essential oil

Clove oil is extracted from the dried flower buds of Eugenia caryophyllata L. plant and finds its use in wound healing and pain relieving and in global cuisines.

The active constituents of clove oil are carvacrol, thymol, eugenol, and cinnamaldehyde. These give it its characteristic antifungal, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic, anesthetic, and insecticidal properties (12).

Clove oil can promote healing, relieve pain and swelling due to inflammation of the veins in the renal cavity, and keep sepsis-causing secondary infections at bay.

Directions To Use
  1. Add 4-5 drops of clove essential oil to 1 ounce of cold cream or carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, almond, castor, or olive oil).
  2. Mix the contents and gently apply to the inflamed rectal cavity or other external hemorrhoids with a sterile, soft cotton ball.

Congratulations and thank you for reading your way till here!

You now are aware of most of the options available to safely treat hemorrhoids at home.

Hold that thought!

How safe are they? After all, they are herbal extracts and potent allergens that are capable of triggering hypersensitivity in your body. Aren’t they?

Should you be cautious? Scroll down for the answers!

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What Precautions Should You Take While Using Essential Oils?

  • Potency Of The Essential Oil

Although they offer relaxation and pain relief, essential oils can do more harm than good to your body if you use them in large quantities.

Speak to your doctor about the potency of each essential oil and only then formulate a suitable dosage for treating the hemorrhoids.

Unless advised, always dilute the essential oils in carrier oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil before applying it over the affected area.

  • Internal Hemorrhoids

Essential oils are a common remedy to treat external hemorrhoids.

Never try to treat internal hemorrhoids by placing the essential oils inside of you unless approved by your doctor.

  • Surrounding Tissues

Do not apply too much of essential oils to the surrounding tissues and wash rigorously.

This will damage the tissue around the hemorrhoid and increase the pain and might make you more prone to infections.

  • Oral Consumption

Essential oils are toxic compounds and are not monitored by the FDA.

– Hence, do not ingest them orally unless advised by a medical supervisor.

Caution!

If you are experiencing,

  • Uncontrolled bleeding during bowel movements
  • Lumps growing inside your anus
  • Chronic constipation – Pain and swelling in the rectal cavity
  • GI tract disturbances
  • Skin allergies Do not try to treat them on your own.

Stop your essential oil treatment and consult your doctor at the earliest.

What’s My Take?

Aromatherapy and alternative medicine using essential oils have cured all kinds of diseases across civilizations and continents.

Essential oils are the safest, abundant, and most accurate options to treat acute as well as chronic and highly sensitive conditions like hemorrhoids.

When used in the right doses under medical supervision, essential oils can completely cure the most dreadful stage-IV hemorrhoids – these can only be removed surgically for relief.

Undoubtedly, you need to have these essential oils (a few if not all) in your dispensary because they treat many other disorders caused due to inflammation along with the ones we’ve discussed in this article.

If you liked reading this article, please let us know your feedback, queries, suggestions, or comments in the box below. We’d be waiting to hear from you!

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References

1. “Tea tree oil” US National Library of Medicine
2. “An overview of phytopharmacology of…” Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, ResearchGate
3. “The Study of Anti-inflammatory Activity of Oil…” Iranian Journal Of Pharmaceutical Research
4. “Topical Wound-Healing Effects and Phytochemical…” Journal of Medicinal Food
5. “Phytochemical Analysis and Anti-Cancer…” Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, US National Library of Medicine
6. “Boswellia Serrata, A Potential…” Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, US National Library of Medicine
7. “Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.): An overview” Pharmacognosy Review
8. “Antioxidant, Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory…” Thieme Planta Medica
9. “Chemical composition, antimicrobial and…” BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine
10. https://files.achs.edu/mediabank/files/achs_patchouli_monograph.pdf
11. “Identify the essential oils in…” Academia
12. “The chemical composition and biological activity…” Phytotherapy Research, US National Library of Medicine

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