I don’t think anyone enjoys talking about the subject of hemorrhoids. Unfortunately they happen, and they can be very unpleasant. What are hemorrhoids exactly? They occur when the veins of the anus or rectum get inflamed or swollen. They also go by the term “piles.” According to Wikipedia, “The anatomical term ‘hemorrhoids’ technically refers to ‘cushions of tissue filled with blood vessels at the junction of the rectum and the anus.’”
It is unpleasant, and might be embarrassing, but it’s best to see a doctor if you think you have hemorrhoids. There’s no need to be embarrassed, however. Hemorrhoids are very common, affecting about 89% of Americans sometime during their lifetime. There is another condition, called perianal hemoatoma that is often misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids, and the two conditions have different treatments. If you’ve experienced hemorrhoids before, and you know for certain you are experiencing them again, there are ways to treat the affliction yourself. One way to treat them is by using essential oils. Using an essential oil remedy for hemorrhoids can be done in a few ways.
Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids that contain aroma compounds found in plants. An oil is considered “essential” because it carries a specific scent of a particular plant. The process of distillation is used to extract the essential oils, and these oils are used in a variety of products.
The first option of an essential oil remedy for hemorrhoids, is a hot bath with essential oils. Fill a shallow bath with hot water, and add in 20 drops of lavender oil and 20 drops of juniper oil. Mix the water around with your hands before getting in. This will be sure to get the oils mixed well into the entire tub full of water. Soak in the bathtub for as long as you normally do, preferably between 10 to 15 minutes. The essential oils will sooth the area and will give some much needed relief.
There’s also a method of applying essential oils to hemorrhoids after a bath or after having a bowel movement. It’s debatable whether it’s safe to apply essential oils directly to the infected area. To be on the safe side, always mix essential oils with water when applying them to the skin. You can mix one ounce of Saint John’s wart oil with eight drops of palma rosa oil, cypress oil, and chamomile oil. Mix these in with a little warm water, then apply the mixture after a bowel movement or a bath. Another combination to use in this instance, is to use two drops of lavender oil, one drop of geranium oil, and an ounce of a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil.
If a hemorrhoid breaks open, this can be very painful. You can get some relief by applying a cold compress that includes chamomile oil and carrot seed essential oil with either Saint John’s wart oil or calendula oil. This combination will relieve pain and decrease the swelling. It will also help to heal and repair the veins.
There are several essential oils that can be used to treat the pain of hemorrhoids. A few of these include geranium, cypress, coriander, juniper, myrrh, lavender, niaouli, tea tree oil, and patchouli. These oils all have properties in that can help to relieve pain from afflictions such as hemorrhoids.
Having hemorrhoids in an unpleasant experience, and an uncomfortable situation to talk about with anyone. The good news is you can find some relief in using an essential oil remedy for hemorrhoids. If you’ve never experienced hemorrhoids before, it’s always best to check with a doctor before using essential oils. Once you know for sure, then you can try these ideas for relief.