If you or someone you know has hemorrhoids, using high-quality essential oils is highly recommended. They provide an array of health benefits, such as:1
• Reducing swelling of the blood vessels and surrounding tissue
• Shrinking blood vessels back to their original size
• Providing relief for burning, itching and pain
• Stopping the bleeding and sealing tears
• Enhancing blood supply to the anal canal, preventing the development of chronic hemorrhoids
Essential oils contain various vitamins, enzymes and anti-inflammatory and anti-infective agents that work effectively in treating hemorrhoids.
They are also generally safe and are easily absorbed by your anal canal, allowing them to act fast against hemorrhoids. If you or someone you know is considering using essential oils to treat hemorrhoids, here are some examples that you can use:2,3
• Tea tree oil: due to its anti-inflammatory capabilities, tea tree oil can help reduce swelling if applied directly to the inflamed area. You can also combine tea tree oil with castor oil and apply this mixture to the hemorrhoids using a soft cloth or cotton ball.
• Lavender oil: the soothing capabilities of this essential oil help in relieving pain and allergies, as well as in treating eczema. You can apply a blend of lavender and juniper oil to the affected area or to a sitz bath to help relieve pain and allergies.
• Cypress oil: it is ideal to use this essential oil on bleeding hemorrhoids because the oil stops the bleeding and causes distressed blood vessels to contract, which helps heal sores.
Cypress oil may be combined with a tablespoon of a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, jojoba, avocado or coconut oil, plus a few drops of lemon juice. You can put a diluted mixture of these oils onto the affected area, or simply add a few drops of cypress oil to a sitz bath.
• Dill oil: one of dill oil’s major health benefits is pain relief. But before applying it to sensitive areas, make sure to dilute one to two drops of dill oil in a tablespoon of a mild carrier oil first.
• Frankincense oil: this essential oil contains antibacterial capabilities that can reduce swollen tissue. Combine two or three drops of frankincense oil with 2 tablespoons of liquid lanolin, and massage this mixture onto the inflamed area.
• Chamomile oil: if you want to soothe irritated skin, ensure pain relief and reduce hemorrhoid swelling, count on chamomile oil. Apply this essential oil on the affected area, but make sure to dilute it first with a carrier oil. Chamomile oil-containing creams can also be used and dabbed on the affected area/s.
• Evening Primrose oil: hemorrhoid patients would benefit from evening primrose oil because it may help relieve pain, soothe itching and lessen inflammation. Simply apply this oil directly on the inflamed area.