The Best Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids

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The Best Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are a common nuisance and around 70% of people will experience them before the age of 50. They are still considered to be a bit of a taboo, which makes many people delay the treatment and suffer unnecessarily for too long.


I’ve already discussed various natural treatments for hemorrhoids; some helping with the symptoms and others dealing with the cause itself. Essential oils can be a particularly good idea when trying to get rid of hemorrhoids and are known to provide a long-term solution to your problem.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are veins that are naturally found in the rectum and anal canal and play a role in stool control. We all have them – the problem occurs when they get inflamed and cause pain and bleeding. When that happens, they are referred to as ‘piles’, and can be internal or external. It’s the external ones that usually cause the discomfort, pain and bleeding and require prompt treatment.

What Makes Essential Oils So Good For Hemorrhoids?

Essential oils act in the following ways:

  • They reduce the swelling of the blood vessels and surrounding tissue, and can shrink the vessels back to their original size.
  • They relieve the burning, itching and pain.
  • They stop the bleeding and seal the tear.
  • They improve the blood supply to the anal canal, which prevents the development of chronic hemorrhoids.

Essential oils contain a high concentration of vitamins, enzymes, anti-inflammatory and anti-infective agents. They are easily absorbed by the anal skin, act fast and are safe to use.

Best Essential Oils For Hemorrhoids

Tea tree oil: The oil acts in an anti-inflammatory way and can be applied directly to the inflamed area. Some recommend mixing a drop or two of tea tree oil with castor oil, placing the oil on a piece of cotton or soft cloth and tapping it gently on the affected area. You can find 75 more uses for tea tree oil in this post.

Lavender oil: This soothing oil can be mixed with juniper oil and applied to the area of inflammation. Another way to use it is to add it to your sitz bath to relieve pain and itchiness. Lavender oil can also be used to relieve pain, treat eczema and relieve allergies.

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Cypress oil: The oil can be used on bleeding piles. Dilute it by mixing a few drops with a tablespoon of base oil (such as sweet almond, jojoba, avocado or coconut oil) and a few drops of lemon juice and then apply the diluted mixture on the painful area of your bum. It’s also good for sitz bath water.

Dill oil: Made from seeds and other parts of the dill plant, this oil needs to be diluted with a base oil before using it on your sensitive areas (dilute one or two drops of dill oil with a tablespoon of base oil). It will help to relieve the stinging pain.

Frankincense: This oil was one of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three magi and it used to be valued as gold. For hemorrhoids, it is suggested to add 2 to 3 drops to 2 tablespoons of liquid lanolin, and massage into affected areas.

Chamomile: A natural remedy that soothes the irritated skin and helps with pain. Dilute with base oil and apply directly to the affected area.

How to Use Essential Oils

  1. Some oils can be applied directly, while other oils require a base oil (carrier oil) to dilute them first. You can use carrier oils such as olive oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba or castor oil, as base oils. Place two to three drops of the blend on the cloth or pre-moistened wipe (use organic materials if possible) and gently wipe the anal area. Repeat this once daily or more frequently if needed.
  2. Perform daily sitz baths to reduce discomfort and promote the healing process. Add about 8 drops of essential oil to a little carrier oil and add it to your warm bath water.

Essential oil blend that will calm the itch and pain associated with hemorrhoids

Mix the following oils:

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  • 5 drops geranium oil
  • 4 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops chamomile oil
  • 40 drops of base oil (such as sweet almond, jojoba or castor oil)

Blend and store in a glass bottle. Apply a few drops to the affected area daily.

Essential Oil Suppositories

The rectum is a highly absorbable place, so inserting the remedy can be a very effective solution, also in the cases when internal hemorrhoids are causing trouble.

To make suppositories, you can use an all rounded ice cube tray. This is very practical and makes the suppositories easy to pop out once they are settled. Fractionated coconut oil is a good choice for a base oil and is used together with essential oils to make the healing suppository.

How to make essential oil suppositories for hemorrhoids

Use liquid, organic, non-refined, virgin coconut oil (if the coconut oil is solid put the jar in a warm water to melt the coconut oil)

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  1. Pour the coconut oil into small round ice cube tray so that the compartments are half full.
  2. Put in the freezer for one to two hours.
  3. Take out of the freezer and add essential oils: for each suppository/section of the ice cube tray, add 2 to 5 drops of essential oil, so it sits on top of the frozen coconut oil.
  4. Fill up the rest of the sections with coconut oil, so they’re full and put in the freezer for one to two hours.
  • When the suppository is solid, you can pop it out and use it immediately.
  • The suppositories are very self-lubricating and start melting as soon as they touch an area of your body, so they are easy to insert.
  • Insert the suppository into the rectum, where it melts quickly and acts in a highly therapeutic way.
  • Use the suppositories for a few days, while regular use is recommended to avoid hemorrhoids altogether.
  • You can use the above mentioned oils or make a personalized blend. Additionally to the oils mentioned so far, lime essential oil can also be used in the suppository. For a difficult case of hemorrhoids, it has been recommended to alternate between the lime essential oil and Melrose essential oil suppository, which will make the treatment more effective.

The suppositories can be used for other problems as well, such as constipation, especially for people who have difficulty absorbing the medicine via the stomach.

If you are in doubt, always contact your doctor and discuss your individual case.

Other Natural Remedies For Hemorrhoids

Don’t forget about other natural treatments for hemorrhoids, such as apple cider vinegar, diet changes for preventing constipation and toilet squatting. You can also apply witch hazel directly on top of the hemorrhoids to reduce the swelling and you can also mix the witch hazel with essential oils such as lavender and chamomile.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Hemorrhoids

Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to reduce the swelling and irritation of internal and external hemorrhoids. For internal hemorrhoids, mix a teaspoon of ACV along with a glass of water and drink at least twice a day. Don’t consume undiluted ACV.

For external hemorrhoids, you need to first gently clean the area, apply a small amount of ACV to a cotton ball, and gently press the ball up against the affected area. You can feel a little bit of stinging, but it will go away in a few minutes and you should feel relief from the itching and irritation. Repeat a several times a day until the swelling decreases.

You can find more information on how to use essential oils in my e-Book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the most effective ways to use essential oils to unlock their amazing healing power.

Read my other related articles:
1. How Long do Hemorrhoids Last and Can They Go Away on Their Own?
2. The Best Natural Remedies to Relieve Hemorrhoids

 

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18 Responses to The Best Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids

  1. Anne H. Oswald says:

    I’ve experienced bleeding hemorrhoid a year ago and my experience are not that easy. It’s symptoms are unbearable to handle and can affect my daily activities. Even sitting is a hard task to do. Luckily I’ve discovered these essential oils and HemMed Hemorrhoid Treatment Review that really helps me to relieve the symptoms caused by hemorrhoid and after a month of using, I am healed.

  2. Mike Foley says:

    Do you happen to have a link to the suggested ice trays for the suppositories? Want to make sure that I get the right thing.

    Thanks!

  3. Rojina says:

    Hi, I m suffering from internal piles and can applying coconut oil from outside heal internal piles?plz suggest me

  4. Abby says:

    Can you use the lanolin cream with the frankincense oil or does it have to be the liquid lanolin?

    • Jenny says:

      Lanolin has great healing properties, but its waxy consistency makes it difficult to work with when combining with other ingredients. Lanolin can also come in an oil form or in a cream form and then you can add the EO straight away.

      • Abby says:

        Thank you for replying. I am going to try using the cream since that is all we have right now. I can order the liquid if I need to. I don’t want to waste a lot of my Frankincense oil trying it though since it is so expensive.

  5. Laurie says:

    After 3 horrific surgeries in the past 14 years I have done everything humanly possible to find relief from the agony of hemorrhoids. I’ve tried everything from conventional to unconventional treatments and nothing helped or it temporarily helped but caused side effects such as skin breakdown around the area. I have finally, after exhaustive research and trial and error, found relief through homemade suppositories. The products I use are Lanolin, Lavender Oil, Frankincense Oil, Raw Cocoa Butter and Organic Coconut Oil. I make my suppositories like bullets, as I have scar tissue that makes my rectum very narrow. Here is what I do:I take a sheet of Styrofoam and poke holes in it with a pencil to use as a base. Then I cut rectangles of foil and wrap them around the pencil, leaving enough at the end to pinch and wrap back up over the end of the pencil. Then I poke it down in the Styrofoam base holes. I soften the Cocoa Butter in a small glass by sitting it in warm water. Once liquefied I use two droppers full in each tube. I freeze it for an hour. I then put several drops of the Lavender Oil and Frankincense Oil in each tube, followed by two droppers full of warmed Coconut Oil. I then place them back in the freezer to solidify. I prep the anal area by softening Lanolin with my fingers and gently massaging it around the anal area using only my thumb joint so there is no accidental scratching with my fingernail. I take a suppository out of the freezer, unwrapped it and insert it. It’s an involved process but it has been worthwhile and life changing. I hope this helps other sufferers out there. Note: I am in the process of ordering Neroli Oil to add to the mix as well. My husband teases me about smelling like a walking pharmacy but at least I am now able to walk around comfortably!

  6. Heather says:

    Thank you for sharing some links and information,even in comments I found some really gooe advices.

  7. Esme says:

    Hi Jenny, I’m suffering for the first time the past 6 weeks with 2 inflamed internal piles, doctors treatment with ointment and suppositories hasn’t worked. I’m going to try suppositories with the geranium, lavendar and chamomile blended with sweet almond oil, I take it that this whole blend is put on top of the frozen coconut oil. If this does not work, could you please advise how many drops of the lime and Melrose do you recommend and should this also be blended with how many drops of almond – do you also just insert once a day. Could you also please suggest what to put apply for relief when they burn during the day.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      1) The EO mix is sitting on top of the frozen coconut oil but then you fill up the rest of the sections with coconut oil and return to the freezer for one to two hours. 2) If you want to try the lime and melrose blend, use the original recipe (geranium, lavendar and chamomile blended with sweet almond oil) and replace the first 3 EOs with 4-5 drops each of lime and melrose and add the almond oil. Use once a day. 3) If the piles are painful during the day, apply the EO blend to the affected area as a topical application. 4) You can also try to apply Witch Hazel which is an old remedy for piles. You can buy pads pre-soaked with witch hazel. Or better, just apply pure witch hazel to the affected area using a cotton ball. Aloe vera can be added to cool the area. 5) If nothing helps or the situation becomes worse, you will need to see your doctor again.

  8. Emily says:

    What about mixing Coconut oil and tea tree oil?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Coconut oil is great as a carrier oil too and can be blended with essential oils. It’s also used in the recipe for the suppositories (organic, non-refined, virgin coconut oil).

  9. margaret smith says:

    Just purchase amoil H-Bl, this has the correct homeopathic mix to work. Horse Chestnut, and the proper dilution, by FDA homeopathic guidelines. I was in so much pain, so swollen with no blood, just major thrombosis. Annucort suppositories sold work for inflammation, but this mixture started shrinking them straight away! You use an eyedropper 2 drops for internal on3x per day …I have done this for 5 days, and I am totally amazed…Basically gone, I am going to stay on it fortheir recommended time 6 weeks…But it is sure nice to poop with no pain, and sit with no pain!
    You must look them up, and read, they have been in business for 16 years, and what a gift from GOD!There are other ingredients also, top two are for varicose veins…Which hemerhoids basically are. I hope I helped someone!

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