If you have ever experienced hemorrhoids, you know all too well just how painful they can be. As such, you would probably welcome any solution that would enable you to get rid of them, preferably as quickly as possible.
For those who have never had hemorrhoid and are otherwise not familiar with what they are, they are veins around the rectum that have become inflamed and swollen.
Also, hemorrhoids can be internal or external; while always accompanied by pain, the intensity can vary from person to person.
Generally speaking, this condition can be remediated through surgery or alternate forms of therapy including naturopathy and homeopathy, for example. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at what cause hemorrhoids and why essential oils may be a viable treatment.
WHAT CAUSES HEMORRHOIDS?
Before discussing some of the more common essentials oils that can help in the remediation of hemorrhoids, let’s take a moment to understand what causes them in the first place.
Hemorrhoids can be caused by a variety of things including constipation, pregnancy, and diabetes; in severe cases, they can result in blood clots and can make routine tasks like sitting and going to the bathroom a less than pleasant experience.
It’s worth noting that that 75 percent of adults in the U.S. will develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, especially those with the following risk factors:(1)
- Swelling around the anus
- Painful irritation around the anus
- Bloody bowel movements
While there are other conditions that may cause hemorrhoids, these are some of the most common. Of course, if you’re experiencing these symptoms, or others that may suggest impending hemorrhoids, you’re encouraged to schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.
Now that have detailed the etiology of hemorrhoids and symptoms associated with this condition, let’s take a moment to understand the benefits of using essential oils to help get rid of them.
TOP 9 ESSENTIALS OILS FOR TREATING HEMORRHOIDS
For those with anal fissures (small painful tears in the anal tissue), clove essential oil is highly recommended.
Used either in its concentrated form or combined with your choice of cold cream, clove essential oil can help resolve the anal pressure often associated with hemorrhoids.
To get the best results from this essential oil, mix in with your choice of hypoallergenic lotion and then apply the combined ingredients to your hemorrhoids.
While clove essential oil is effective, it is not recommended for those with sensitive skin. That said, you may want to consider applying a small amount initially to gauge how your anal tissue will respond to it.
Dill essential oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, which is great for resolving the pain and swelling associated with hemorrhoids.
It can also be combined with other essential oils like tea tree and cypress to provide maximum relief. Similar to clove essential oil, dill essential oil may not be a good fit for those with highly sensitive skin.
As such, use a small amount at first to see how your skin responds to it.
When it comes to getting the most relief from the pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids, cypress oil should not be overlooked.
This essential oil contains a host of properties that are designed to provide maximum relief; in fact, cypress oil contains astringent and antimicrobial properties that work to decrease the likelihood of infection while improving blood flow and minimizing pain.
As with some of the other essential oil mentioned in this article, cypress oil may not be an ideal solution for those with sensitive skin. That said, apply only a small amount initially to see how your skin will respond.
4. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon bark essential oil can be an ideal choice for those with anal fissures as it contains properties that enable the body to grow healthy tissue while simultaneously alleviating pain.
To get the most out of cinnamon bark essential oil, it is a good idea to dilute with coconut oil before applying it to your hemorrhoids.
Also, to get the best results in the way of pain relief, consider adding mixing it with sweet almond oil.
The benefits of peppermint essential oil are twofold in that it can help treat not only irritable bowel syndrome but also hemorrhoids.
If you didn’t already know, peppermint essential oil contains menthol properties that contribute to soothing the skin while it anti-inflammatory agents work to resolve pain and pressure.
It is also worth noting that the combination of ingredients aid in making bowel movements a less painful experience.
6. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is one of the oldest and most effective essential oils on the market today; it has been a mainstay in eastern countries for centuries and has been used to treat a variety of pain symptoms, including hemorrhoids.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, frankincense also contains antimicrobial agents that work to fight off infection and bacteria. As with many of the other essential oils detailed in this article, frankincense should be diluted for best results, preferably in coconut oil.
For those who have sensitive skin, frankincense is also an effective aromatherapy solution for hemorrhoids and other pain. By inhaling this essential oil, you can take full advantage of its anti-inflammatory agents.
7. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is a multifaceted essential oil that promotes healing while killing bacteria, and it is also effective at reducing inflammation.
While it is highly effective in treating hemorrhoids, this product should not be used in its concentrated form; this applies to those with normal or sensitive skin as it may significantly irritate the skin.
That said, tea tree essential oil should be diluted in coconut before being applied to the skin.
8. Myrtle Essential Oil
Derived from the myrtle plant, myrtle oil is a great way to treat the pain and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids.
It has been shown to be as effective as some dedicated anti-hemorrhoid medications. In fact, some people have found relief through the use of this oil when of solutions have failed them.
In using this essential oil, it is important that you dilute with water first to avoid further irritation.
Once diluted, you will want to mix in a small amount of cold cream before applying to the combined mixture to your hemorrhoids.
9. Horse Chestnut Essential Oil
Despite its peculiar name, horse chestnut essential oil is an effective hemorrhoid treatment, and it may be beneficial for those struggling with varicose veins.
This oil contains properties that can help reduce pain and swelling; it has also been shown to prevent blood clotting.
While there are a number of benefits that come with using horse chestnut essential oils, it should not be used prior to surgery as it may cause some complications.
Also, it may not be an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin.
DO ESSENTIAL OILS CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS?
As we start to round out this article, this would be a great time to address possible side effects that come with using essential oils. Although rare, some essential oils are known to cause toxicity if they are ingested.
To that point, they should be used in aromatherapy or as a topical application. Some of the side effects associated with essential oils include
- Shortness of breath
- Excess coughing or gagging
- Eye irritation
Obviously, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you’re encouraged to seek medical attention immediately.
Nonetheless, essential oils are relatively safe when used as recommended. Beyond that, they are a viable solution when it comes to resolving the pain, irritation, and inflammation associated with hemorrhoids. As noted throughout this article, most essential oils can cause skin irritation if they are not diluted.
That said, you should always dilute these oils with water or other essential oil prior to applying them to your hemorrhoids, and you should only apply a small amount initially to see how your skin will react before applying liberal amounts.
In summation, essential oils can be a great alternative to other hemorrhoid treatments; however, they may not work for everyone as it depends on the severity of the hemorrhoids.
In some cases, surgery may be your only recourse when it comes to resolving hemorrhoids. That said, the information contained in this article is not intended to substitute any information provided to you from a licensed physician.
Instead, it is intended to highlight alternative treatment that may be useful in the remediation of hemorrhoids.
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