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In addition to combining juniper and lavender essential oils, you can also try out creating your own essential oil blends to cure hemorrhoids. In addition to that, you can make essential oil blends that can be used topically to further the effects of the sitz bath method. You can combine an ounce of St. John's Wort essential oil with eight drops of chamomile, cypress, and palmarosa essential oils.
You must apply this as external hemorrhoid treatment after undergoing an essential oil sitz bath for more effective treatment.
Additional Essential Oil Choices for Home Remedies
Half of your ability to effectively treat hemorrhoids using essential oils basically lies in the choice of oil to use. Therefore, you need to take time to understand each of its properties and how you can utilize those healing properties to provide long-lasting relief against hemorrhoids. Here are more suggestions for you to choose from:
- Clary sage oil
- Dill oil
- Cypress oil
- Smoke tree oil
- Tea tree oil
- Milfoil oil
- Bigroot oil
- Peppermint oil
Please consult with a qualified professional for a proper diagnosis before self-remedying your condition. Research proper dosing strengths and potential side effects for topical use of essential oils before proceeding.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are veins located beneath the membrane that outlines the lowest part of your anus and rectum. A hemorrhoid is characterized by an enlargement of those veins, which is either caused by pressure or strain. There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external.
However, both can be equally painful due to the dilation of the veins in that area of the body. It is important to cure and address the problem of hemorrhoids as soon as possible as it can eventually lead to bleeding. In some cases, it can cause blood clotting or thrombus.
Although quite common, the cause of hemorrhoids remains a puzzle for most people. It actually happens as a result of pressure exerted on the veins in your anal region due to erect posture. Unfortunately, though, this can be hereditary such that if anyone in your family has it, you are at risk of developing hemorrhoids, too. Other possible causes or risk factors for hemorrhoids are chronic constipation, disturbances in your bowel movements, frequent heavy lifting, or pregnancy, all of which add more pressure to your rectum.
Essential Oils for Home Remedies
If you are looking for fast and effective relief for hemorrhoids, you can use several commercial hemorrhoid gels or creams that are out in the market. However, not all of them are known to be effective. In some cases, they only provide temporary relief from pain and the symptoms recur yet again.
The use of herbs or essential oils proves to be a more effective remedy for hemorrhoids. This provides a holistic approach to treatment so you can get rid of symptoms quickly and more efficiently. When the properties of the essential oils enter your bloodstream, it also facilitates in an internal treatment of hemorrhoid so that you can address the root of the problem.
When it comes to naturally treating hemorrhoids with essential oil, the sitz bath is the most recommended method of application. This will help ensure that you are not merely addressing the problem locally. There are two fighting actions going on at the same time.
Soaking in water that contains essential oils provides relief from pain that is caused by the swollen veins in your rectum. Even better, the properties of the oil are absorbed by your skin such that the microscopic substance from the oil enters your bloodstream for a more effective treatment. Expert aromatherapists also suggest preparing essential oil blends that combine the properties of more than one essential oil to create a synergistic effect and gain more effective results.
Juniper and Lavender Oil Mixture
Juniper and lavender oil prove to be effective against hemorrhoids individually, but when you combine these two in a mixture, you can expect a more effective natural treatment. This will ensure that you not only experience relief, but fast relief as well. Knowing that you are using natural substances, you don't have to worry about side effects with the combination of essential oils.
For this one, you will need a total of 22 drops each of lavender and juniper oil. You can adjust it to be in proportion to the amount of water you are going to use for the tub. Preferably, you need the water to soak in to be warm, not hot. This will prevent the possibility of burning your skin while ensuring that you enrich the therapeutic elements of the essential oils. Using warm water will also effectively release the essence of the oil through its steam.
Once the bathtub is filled, add both the lavender and juniper essential oils. Stir thoroughly to even out the concentration and avoid irritating your skin. Soak in the essential oil bath mixture for at least 15 minutes or longer for better results. After soaking in the tub, shower with cold water to regulate your circulation.
Witch Hazel Oil
A plant of the scientific name Hamamelis virginiana is utilized to extract witch hazel oil. It contains astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it ideal to use as a natural treatment for hemorrhoids. Moreover, it can be used to manage other similar conditions such as burns, scabies, insect bites or stings, diaper rash, bed sores, and many more.
The sitz bath method is also recommended for using witch hazel oil in hemorrhoid treatment. You will need about a quarter of a cup of witch hazel oil. Then, pour that into a bathtub full of water. Stir the water thoroughly until the essential oil is blended nicely into the bathwater. You are now ready to step into the tub and soak your body in there for several minutes. Continue on with this treatment method for at least 3 to 4 days for you to experience improvement in your condition.
Shepherd's Purse Oil
Although not as popular as some other essential oils used in aromatherapy, shepherd's purse is an effective herb to use in providing relief for hemorrhoids. Like all the other essential oils discussed above, you will be using the sitz bath method for this one. However, you have to prepare the essential oil mixture prior to using it, unlike all the other essential oils wherein you simply have to add the suggested dose of essential oils into your bath water.
Combine an ounce of the shepherd's purse oil with two quarts of distilled water. Leave the mixture for at least 12 hours before you can use it. Strain the mixture so you can have the essential oil solution that is used for bathing. Soak in the water with essential oil solution for at least 20 minutes to gain relief.
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Alan from West Georgia on May 26, 2014:
Well written article on hemorrhoids and a natural approach to combat the symptoms of these pains in the butt. Well handled for such a touchy subject.
VitamineCentral on August 23, 2013:
This is not an easy thing to talk about. Thanks for tips.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 25, 2012:
Well in detail thanks for this great Hub!!!
Zubair Ahmed on September 06, 2011:
Very good and useful - I did not know what it was till I read your Hub so thank you for sharing.
Sterling Sage from California on April 24, 2010:
Thanks for the information! Essential oils can pack quite a punch, but it isn't always easy to know which ones to use. Now I think it's time for a bath :)
Doberman Training on March 04, 2010:
I think that people that is facing this problem, usually prefer to use home remedy... it's not always good to share personal story about this problem... Thank you for the tips.
sharon on February 01, 2010:
many thanks for the most useful and informative advice re oils ands hemorrhoids. I do have Lavender oil but wasn't quite sure how to use it with this condition. Excellent.