Witch Hazel is quite popular as a natural remedy for hemorrhoids treatment. It is available in different forms and products. This is an easy way to get hemorrhoids relief and you can always try it at home.
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What is Witch Hazel ?
Witch hazel is actually a shrub – Hamamelis virginiana, found in North America. The leaves and bark of this shrub produce an astringent compound also commonly known as Witch Hazel. This has powerful medicinal properties and is used in a lot of healthcare and beauty products. It is also used in many different forms including extract or distillate.
Witch Hazel is also known to be very effective in hemorrhoids, skin irritations, minor bleedings, eczema, insect bites, acne, sunburn, yeast infections, skin care and psoriasis.
Is it good for hemorrhoids?
Yes, It does help in getting a relief from hemorrhoids pain and itching. It has astringent properties which helps in stretching of hemorrhoids, tightens the skin and fades them out. There is not much scientific proof for this but it has been used for years because of the oils and tannins in it.
Actually it also depends on person to person and the severity of hemorrhoids. One solution does not fit all. You have to keep a holistic approach for a more effective and permanent relief from hemorrhoids. You can use witch hazel in combination with other remedies to get better and faster results.
This would be effective in both internal and external hemorrhoids as you can use witch hazel as a suppository in case of internal hemorrhoids.
Witch Hazel products for hemorrhoids
Witch Hazel is available in different forms as different products. You can use them according to your requirements. Each one has its own benefits.
How to use it for hemorrhoids
There are a different ways by which you can use witch Hazel to get a relief from the pain and itching. You can use it in the form of cream, oil, pads, wipes and even as suppositories.
The whole idea is to get it in contact with the affected area gently. Using wipes and pads can also help in keeping the area clean. You can also apply cream. One good way is to soak a clean cloth with some oil and blot it gently on the anal area. Hold it there for 3-4 minutes. Same thing can also be done with wipes and pads.
You do get wipes which are already soaked with witch hazel but you can use any normal baby wipes, cotton ball or pads and put some drops of solution over them to use them. Witch Hazel is easily available as extract with alcohol which you can apply with these pads.
Do not take it orally without a professional consultation.
Witch Hazel as a suppository
This is quite effective home remedy you can try. To make a suppository, you need to mix garlic, witch hazel extract and coconut oil. Each one has its own benefits when it comes to piles. and they make a powerful mix.
Now to make your suppository, just follow these simple steps
- Crush around 2-3 cloves of garlic in a garlic press.
- Use garlic and coconut oil in a ratio of 1:5. If you have a bad condition of piles, or if you are bleeding, you can reduce the amount of garlic or increase the coconut oil in the mixture. This would be more soothing for you. You can also use cocoa butter in place of coconut oil.
- Add around 10 drops of witch hazel to the mix. Adding some aloe vera would also help in lubrication and faster healing.
- Make small sausages out of the mixture. The size should be small enough for easy insertion.
- Refrigerate these
- Lubricate your anus and insert in in.
You can use this for 2-3 times a day. The astringent properties of witch hazel will help in tightening of tissues and coconut, aloe vera and garlic will help in faster healing of tissues.
Witch Hazel is not known to have any real side effects, if taken as applications or small doses. Although it is a natural plant, pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid using it as a precaution. There is no scientific evidence to proove that its harmful during pregnancy.
In some cases, applying it can cause burning sensation on the skin, especially if you are suffering from some kind of a skin rash or yeast infection. So be careful with that.
Where to buy witch Hazel?
This is easily available in most of its forms in drug stores. You can also order online from online stores.