Nearly three out of four adults experience hemorrhoids at some point in time. There are risk factors that can make you more likely to have hemorrhoids, like pregnancy and obesity, but sometimes their cause is unknown. Hemorrhoids can cause:
- bleeding during and after bowel movements
- lumps and swelling around your anus
- painful irritation
Since hemorrhoids are caused by the swelling of your blood vessels, essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties may help to treat them.
Essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin. Essential oils can also be inhaled from a few drops on a tissue or in a diffuser. Essential oils should not be taken internally.
The ancient Eastern tradition of treating pain and inflammation with frankincense is currently seeing a surge in popularity. Frankincense
Frankincense essential oil can be diluted with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil, and applied to the hemorrhoid. Essential oils also still have anti-inflammatory effects when inhaled, so you may consider using them in aromatherapy.
Essential oil from the myrtle plant can treat the pain and bleeding caused by hemorrhoids,
Myrtle oil can be mixed with an ounce of cold cream and applied to the hemorrhoid. You must dilute it before application — application of undiluted essential oils often cause allergic reactions and skin irritation.
Horse chestnut might slow blood clotting and shouldn’t be used before any surgery. For people who have allergies to latex, this may also trigger a similar response.
Cinnamon bark essential oil stimulates healthy tissue growth and relieves inflammation, according to
Clove essential oil can be purchased in its pure form, or used in a mixture with a cream. In people that have chronic anal fissures, which sometimes come along with hemorrhoids, clove oil cream was
You can purchase clove oil cream online or at a natural health food store. You can make your own by mixing the essential oil with an unscented, hypoallergenic oil-based lotion — 3 to 5 drops per ounce of lotion. Clove oil can be irritating for people with sensitive skin.
Since peppermint essential oil has been shown to be effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), some
People with sensitive skin should avoid peppermint essential oils. Remember to dilute this essential oil well before use.
Tea tree oil kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. Tea tree oil alone is too strong to apply directly on to your skin, especially the sensitive inflamed skin around a hemorrhoid. But you can make a tea tree oil ointment using one or two other essential oils from this list and diluting it well with jojoba oil or coconut oil. Apply in moderation to the affected area.
Dill essential oil
Cypress oil has
When using essential oils to treat hemorrhoids, it’s important to keep the surrounding area clean and dry after treatment. Don’t ever try to “burn off” or disintegrate the skin surrounding a hemorrhoid, as that will increase your pain and make you more likely to contract an infection. Essential oils are a topical remedy for external hemorrhoids, only. Don’t ever try to treat an internal hemorrhoid by placing an essential oil inside of you unless you’re using a suppository approved by a doctor.
Essential oils are meant to be diluted in a carrier oil before use. 3 to 5 drops for every 1 oz. of sweet almond, olive, or another topical oil. Essential oils can be toxic. Don’t take them orally. Further, essential oils aren’t monitored by the FDA, so choose your products and brands carefully.
Some essential oils can also carry with them a risk of toxicity, and while most are fairly mild and low-risk treatments, there’s no substitute for the care of a doctor. If you have any of the following, don’t try to treat it on your own:
- pain and swelling that lasts more than one week
- lumps inside your anus that appear to be growing
- chronic and recurring constipation
- severe bleeding from your anus
Call your doctor for an evaluation and to make a treatment plan.
Essential oils are a method of treating hemorrhoids that’s gaining more attention. We still need more research to understand how effective essential oils are compared to other traditional hemorrhoid treatments. But trying to treat your hemorrhoids at home with essential oils is a fairly low-risk home remedy, and there are plenty of options to try.