Amanda enjoys using wild harvested and homegrown herbs to make tinctures, salves, and other home remedies.
Hemorrhoids are commonly thought to affect older people. Would it surprise you to know that my trouble with hemorrhoids started when I was just 19 years old? That was when I gave birth to my first child. Then I had 3 more children. I have struggled with hemorrhoids for roughly 20 years now. I found little relief in over the counter medications. I had a neighbor friend who was also a massage therapist and a doula. She mixed up a little bottle of oils and told me to try that. It worked so much better than any over the counter meds I had tried. I started making my own oil and even my own suppositories. While I have not been completely healed of them, I feel that I have been able to manage my hemorrhoids very well over the years and have avoided the need for surgery. I continue to search for a natural remedy that will bring full healing and reverse their progression. Read on to see how I make my own suppositories, travel salve, oil, and witch hazel wipes.
If you are wondering what hemorrhoids (also known as piles) are, and whether or not you have them, Jo Alexis-Hagues has written a wonderfully descriptive article that can be found here. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, please seek the advice of a medical professional to be sure you are not dealing with a more serious illness, such as cancer.
1. Hemorrhoid Suppositories and Travel Salve
Suppositories are easy to make right in the kitchen. They can be stored in the refrigerator for a long time. To make travel salve, I simply fill small containers with the suppository mixture instead of using a suppository mold tray. However, for making the suppositories, a mold tray is required. Suppository molds can be purchased online. I bought the Flora Natural suppository mold tray kit in January 2018. I like this mold for several reasons:
- The suppositories are short, so they do not go in as far, and tapered on both ends, for easier insertion and comfort. They do not have rough edges or seams.
- The molds are easy to fill and clean with warm soapy water.
- Suppositories are easy to remove from the molds, I just remove the end cap and push the suppository out with a chop stick. Often suppositories just fall out on their own when the cap is removed.
- The kit comes with two trays that hold six suppositories each, for a total of 12. It includes plastic pipettes for filling the trays.
To make suppositories, I melt the cocoa butter wafers and add essential oils and other ingredients. A pot or double boiler on the stove may be used for melting. I have an extra small burner on my gas stove that allows me to melt them gently over low heat. I used a glass measuring cup for the photos so that it is easier to see what is happening.
Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids
To decide which essential oils I want use in my hemorrhoid remedy, I consult The Essential Guide to Essential Oils. This book offers specific recipes for many ailments, but also provides a list of other oils that are helpful for each ailment. If I don't have one of the oils listed in the recipe, I can choose an oil I do have from the list. Or, if I know that I am sensitive to one of the oils in the recipe, I can choose an alternate one from the list. The book provides the following list of oils for hemorrhoids: "coriander, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, myrrh, niaouli, patchouli, tea tree, and vitex."
I always research each ingredient I will be using in my remedy, so that I am familiar with its uses, side effects and potential interactions. The book I mentioned gives an overview of 44 different essential oils and provides instructions for making different preparations.
For the recipes you see here, I used lavender, chamomile and peppermint oil. (While peppermint and chamomile were not listed in the book, I researched them online. I have used many of the other oils listed in the book in other batches.) Peppermint is a must for me in hemorrhoid remedies. It provides the quickest relief. It is a good idea to start with a small amount of oil at first to see what is most comfortable. You can always add more essential oil to your hemorrhoid oil later or to your next batch of suppositories. Be sure that you are using 100% pure essential oil meant to be used on the body, not scented oil for candles and such. Dilute essential oils as directed, do not apply them full strength.
I like to change up the recipe a bit with each new batch because different oils have different healing properties. Using a variety of oils helps healing. It also prevents problems from using a single oil too long. If you use the same treatment, you may build a resistance to it or the ingredients may build up in your system and cause toxicity. I think this is a good thing to consider for any type of treatment or even for what we eat day to day. Variety is good.
When I was researching suppository recipes, I saw a forum post about adding garlic. The poster claimed that it helped the healing process. I decided to try it by adding a garlic-infused oil to the recipe. I did see added benefits to the healing process. But beware, garlic combined with certain essential oils can make one smell a bit like a skunk. Only use this preparation at night.
Other food ingredients that may be added to suppositories include; powdered spices, tea leaves, and powdered seeds. If coriander essential oil is good for hemorrhiods, perhaps adding ground coriander seed to the recipe would be beneficial. Be careful not to add anything that would be irritating. It is a good idea to start with a small amount. And again, do your research first.
I added ground chia seeds to the batch you see in the photos. I am trying to find an ingredient that will help reverse the damage and firm up veins. Chia is noted to be great for the skin, having a high concentration of omega 3. I can't see that it would hurt for any reason, so I am giving it a try.
Ingredients for Suppositories
- 12 cocoa butter wafers, melted
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops chamomile essential oil
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1/8 teaspoon ground chia seeds, (optional)
Instructions for Making Suppositories
- Gently melt cocoa butter wafers over low heat, stirring frequently.
- As soon as they have melted, turn off heat and add other ingredients immediately. Mix well and allow to cool slightly.
- Use plastic pipette to fill mold trays.
- Carefully place trays in the refrigerator and allow to cool completely. You may use a freezer to cool them faster if you wish.
- Store suppositories in their trays by placing them in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator.
How to Use Suppositories
Suppositories are a bit tricky to use because they melt quickly, especially when being handled. A panty liner will catch any oil that leaks. It is best to use suppositories after bowel movements and at night.
- After a bowel movement or before bed, use witch hazel wipes (if desired).
- Wash hands thoroughly.
- Take a clean piece of toilet paper or tissue to the kitchen.
- Remove suppository from tray and let it fall onto tissue, without touching it.
- Fold corners of tissue into a tent to carry suppository back to the bathroom.
- Insert suppository gently into the rectum as quickly as possible.
- Apply hemorrhoid oil externally (if desired) and wash hands thoroughly again.
Instructions for Travel Salve
For travel salve, follow the directions for making suppositories, but leave out the ground chia seeds. Instead of filling mold trays, fill small containers. Place them uncovered in the refrigerator or freezer until totally cool and hardened. Then cap and store at room temperature. Apply externally as needed.
When travelling, it can be difficult to treat hemorrhoids because oil may leak from the bottle and suppositories melt. Travel salve is easy to take with you wherever you go. Just slip it into your purse or carry on luggage. Try not to carry it in your pants pocket for too long as it may melt. For more information read Travel Hacks for Hemorrhoids.
2. Hemorrhoid Oil
This oil is great for use each time you visit the bathroom. It helps relieve symptoms for added comfort.
- 10 ml jojoba oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops chamomile essential oil
Mix all oils together in a dark glass bottle. Apply externally as needed.
3. Witch Hazel Wipes
Witch Hazel Wipes are very simple and cheap to make at home. Only two ingredients are required:
- 100% Cotton Rounds (Can be found in the make-up section of many stores.)
- 100% Natural Distilled Witch Hazel
Place the cotton pads in a water proof container and soak with witch hazel. Store at room temperature in the bathroom. Throw used pads in the trash, as they may clog the toilet.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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