Essential oils are one of the good ways by which you can go for all-natural, chemical free treatments for a lot of health disorders and ailments. They are not only free from any side effects, they get you a lot of health benefits as well. They have been used for thousands of years for their health and medicinal properties. Some of the oldest cultures in the world have been using them for their benefits.
They have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties which make them so effective in different health conditions. If used properly, they can be very effective as natural treatments.
How do essential oils help in hemorrhoids treatment?
If you are suffering from hemorrhoids or have symptoms of the same, you can use essential oils to get a relief from the pain and itching of piles.
Here are some of the benefits of essential oils in hemorrhoids
They help reducing the swelling – a lot of pain and itching is because of the swelling of hemorrhoids. Essential oils reduce the swelling by shrinking the veins to their normal size.
Strengthen the blood vessels – strong blood vessels ensure that you do not get any such problems. These oils help in strengthening the vessels which also helps in reducing the relapse cases.
They heal ruptures and lesions – These are the major cause of bleeding. Oils help in healing of these ruptures and lesions thereby reducing the bleeding.
Improve blood circulation – a good blood circulation and blood flow Is important for healing. Less circulation causes more swelling and pain. And more swelling will also cause less circulation. So you have to break this cycle.
They have medicinal properties – There are a lot of medicinal properties which also help you with your overall health and benefit you in more than one ways.
They are safe to use – Unlike chemical based medicines which have their side effects, essential oils are very safe even for a long term use.
With all these benefits it only makes good sense to use these oils to get a relief for hemorrhoids
Application of Essential oils
How to use them for hemorrhoids
1. Apply Topically – Only some of the essential oils can be applied directly on the skin. So make sure to check that. Most of them will need some kind of a carrier oil. You can take 2-3 drops of the blend on a soft piece of cloth and apply it gently on the affected area. You can repeat this 2 to 3 times a day as per your requirement.
If in any case you find itching on the area, do not repeat it. This is because a few people can be a bit reactive to a certain oil so you really have to test it out first. Although adding them to carrier oil dilutes them to a good extent but its better to test it first.
2. Sitz bath – Sitz bath is one of the common ways by which you can get relief from hemorrhoids pain. Adding soothing oils like lavender oil to your sitz bath water can be very helpful. What you can do is add – 6-8 drops of lavender oil to a carrier oil and then add it to the water. It will soothe the itching and pain.
3. Massage the area – You can make a blend of 40-45 drops of base oil like sweet almond or jojoba mixed with 3-5 drops of chamomile oil, geranium oil and lavender oil. You can apply this blend on the affected area 2 to 3 times every day and before you sleep. This will help in soothing the area.
Which are the most effective essential oils for hemorrhoids treatment?
Cypress oil is pretty well known for its powerful healing properties. You get the oil from the needle-bearing tree of coniferous and deciduous regions. This is one of the gentlest and safest oils you can use. This also acts as an astringent. As a wound oil, it promotes blood clotting. It eases muscles and tissues by warming them up and also is good for circulation. There are a lot of other benefits to this oil but we wont go in detail of those right now.
Generally Geranium oil is used in aromatherapy for its health benefits. This is a sweet smelling oil that helps in your fatique, anxiety, acne and inflammation. It is a nontoxix and non-irritant which also has antiseptic and wound healing properties. With hemorrhoids it helps in faster healing and recovery while reducing inflammation.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a relatively well known oil and used for its powerful healing properties. It has the ability to kill many bacteria, viruses and fungi. This is also getting increasing popular in a wide range of household and cosmetic products such as face wash, shampoos, massage oils and even detergents.
There are more than 327 scientific studies as a reference to its powerful anti-microbial properties. Tea tree oil is also a very effective oil for hemorrhoids relief and treatment, especially the external ones. You can add it in your sitz bath or mix it with witch hazel for a local application. You can also use it as a blend with other oils
Lavender Oil is a very popular and one of the most used essential oil ever. It has been around for thousands of years for n its mainly known for its scent and health benefits. You can also add it to your sitz bath for pain relief or as a suppository
Although this oils affects hormonal levels in a positive way, it is not recommended in pregnancy. You can always consult your doctor about it.
Helichrysum Oil is a medicinal plant with a lot of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This plant has been used for thousands of years in countries like Spain, Italy, Turkey, Portugal etc. The plant is used in a lot of health disorders like allergies, colds, inflammation, constipation, indigestion, liver diseases, stomach aches etc. All these properties make it a very effective remedy for hemorrhoids.
Frankincense Oil is also known as olibanum and this a common oil used for aromatherapy. This essential oil offers health benefits which also include reduction of pain and inflammation. These properties make it useful for hemorrhoids pain relief. The oil is obtained from resin of Boswellia sacara tree which is commonly found in Somalia.
Carrier oils or Base oils
You can use the above mentioned essential oils with carrier oils to dilute their affect and intensity. Generally, carrier oils are vegetable oils which are obtained from the fatty portion of a plant which is usually kernels, seeds and even nuts. These oils make it easy to apply any kind of essential oils.
Although there many different carrier oils which can be used with these essential oils, some of the carrier oils you can use are:
Fractionated coconut oil
Fractionated coconut oil is a fraction of coconut oil. It is a completely saturated oil making it very stable and a long shelf life. The oil also has ant oxidant and disinfecting properties. It is commonly used as a carrier oil as it absorbs other oils and herbal products. You can also use coconut oil as a suppository.
This is again a good oil for a number of skin conditions. The oils is rich in Vitamin E, proteins and minerals making it a good carrier oil
Almond oil us a very light oil and is easily absorbed by the skin. It is also full of vitamins, and minerals.
This is a very good carrier oil for skin that requires care. The oil has properties which rehydrates dry skin and nourishes the damaged skin
Essential oil recipes for hemorrhoids
You can use these oils by themselves or you can even make a blend by mixing them up with others. As an example, here is a simple blend or essential oil recipe you can use to treat hemorrhoids
- 4 drops lavender
- 2 drops cypress
- 2 drops helicrysum
- 5 drops geranium
- 20 drops of carrier oil (almond oil, coconut oil)
You can mix them together to form a nice blend of oils. You can add them to your sitz bath and if you find everything nice and comfortable, you can also try them by applying locally.