No one wants to talk about embarrassing hemorrhoids, but they affect about 4 percent of U.S. adults. How you treat hemorrhoids depends on the severity of them, but in most cases, some basic care can offer much relief. Surgery and stapling are rare and usually for those with severe cases where topical treatment has not provided results.
The great news is that there are many hemorrhoid home treatments using natural ingredients. Also known as piles, let’s review what hemorrhoids are. There are two types. One type is called internal hemorrhoids and are the inflamed veins found inside the skin of the rectum area. The other is called external hemorrhoids and are found outside, next to the anus area.
It’s common to see that some external hemorrhoids protrude from the inside of the anal canal. These may be able to be pushed back into the canal; however, some cannot and are known as distended or prolapsed hemorrhoids. This can cause a lot of problems and discomfort, even causing obstruction of the passageway for bowel movements. Worse case, they can even cause blood clots known as thrombosed hemorrhoids. (1)
What causes these annoying, itchy protrusions? The veins around the anus area can get stretched under certain pressures causing bulging and swelling. This can happen from straining during bowel movements, sitting for extended periods of time on the toilet, chronic diarrhea or constipation, obesity, pregnancy, anal intercourse and a low-fiber diet. Hemorrhoids are more likely with aging because the tissues that support the veins in the rectum and anus can weaken and stretch. (2)
Now that you understand a little more about what may be causing anal discomfort, let’s create a home remedy for hemorrhoids! There are a few things you can do to provide immediate relief such as applying witch hazel, using a cotton ball, directly to the area. You can also relax in a sitz bath, which means you sit in a bath of warm water up to your hips. Do this for 10–15 minutes a day.
Meanwhile, you may prefer this DIY hemorrhoid cream. It’s simple to make and easy to apply, offering relief in no time.
DIY Hemorrhoid Cream
To make your DIY hemorrhoid cream, place the shea butter into a double boiler or a glass bowl that fits inside a pan. Be careful as it may get hot. Shea butter offers amazing healing benefits due to the vitamin E and vitamin A it contains, both of which help fight inflammation while reducing dryness and itching.
On a low setting, heat the shea butter slowly until it softens, then add the coconut oil and aloe vera, and blend well. And we know that benefit-rich coconut oil has taken the stage for a while now with its antibacterial qualities, helping to fight infection while also offering moisturizing comfort. Aloe vera is a perfect ingredient to offer soothing relief while healing. Aloe vera also helps reduce itching and inflammation, and has long been known to help with all sorts of skin conditions, from sunburn to psoriasis.
Now, add the apple cider vinegar and witch hazel. This fabulous duo makes all the difference when it comes to healing the skin. Both help fight inflammation, swelling, infections and skin irritations as natural astringents. Once you have added these ingredients, stir to blend.
Lastly, let’s add the essential oils. Lavender oil contains powerful antioxidants that help with numerous skin conditions by reducing inflammation. Tea tree essential oil is one of my favorite go-to’s for any sort of skin irritation. Tea tree has amazing antiseptic properties making it a perfect addition to this DIY hemorrhoid cream.
Turmeric essential oil is another amazing oil that provides pain relief by soothing inflamed skin and can help heal any fissures that may have developed.
Now that you have blended all ingredients, transfer them to a glass jar with a tight lid. Use twice daily for the best results. If you do not see results within a couple of weeks, or experience any unusual discomfort, seek the advice of your practitioner.
DIY Hemorrhoid Cream with Turmeric & Tea Tree Oil
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: makes about 6 ounces
2 ounces shea butter
2 ounces coconut oil
1 ounce aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon witch hazel
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops turmeric essential oil
Place the shea butter into a double boiler (you can use a glass bowl in a pan. Be careful as it will get hot).
Heat slowly until the shea butter softens, then add the coconut oil. Blend well.
Add the remaining ingredients. Blend again.
Place into a glass jar with a tight lid.
Rub onto the affected area twice daily — once in the morning and again at night.