Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anal canal. There are two types: internal and external. Hemorrhoids occur most often in adults. There are many factors that can cause hemorrhoids to develop: pregnancy, obesity, but in most cases it is difficult to tell the reason for their appearance. Hemorrhoids can cause:
- Bleeding during and after defecation
- Swelling around the anus
- Painful irritation and itching
Since hemorrhoids are caused by swelling of blood vessels, essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties can help treat them. Essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the affected area. They should NOT be taken for internal hemorrhoids.
Here are the essential oils that help with hemorrhoids:
Myrtle essential oil
Myrtle is a genus of southern evergreens. This genus includes three species:
- Myrtus communis – common myrtle, native to Mediterranean Europe.
- Myrtus nivellei - Saharan myrtle, it is widespread in North Africa.
- Myrtus phyllireaefolia - no information about this species.
The oil of this plant can relieve the pain and bleeding caused by hemorrhoids. The essential oil can be mixed with 30 grams of cooling cream and applied to the affected area - applying the essential oil undiluted with a base often causes an allergic reaction and skin irritation.
Horse chestnut essential oil
The horse chestnut is a genus of deciduous trees native to the temperate part of the northern hemisphere. In North America, the horse chestnut is also called "deer's eye" because the shape of the fruit resembles a deer's eye.
A distinction must be made between this kind of chestnut, which is called "horse-chestnut," because it is not fit to eat, and the other, which is of another genus, and is edible.
In 2012, researchers suggested that horse chestnut seed extract may relieve pain and reduce swelling when used as a treatment for hemorrhoids or varicose veins. Some natural products may have the presence of horse chestnut.
We should know that horse chestnut products should NOT be used before undergoing surgery because the ingredient itself can slow blood clotting. People who are allergic to horse chestnut should not use it.
Cinnamon bark essential oil
According to some studies, cinnamon bark essential oil stimulates healthy tissue growth and relieves inflammation.
Applying cinnamon bark essential oil to an external hemorrhoid should be done carefully. Dilute 3 to 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil in 30 ml. melted coconut oil or sweet almond oil produces anti-inflammatory effects. However, people with sensitive skin should NOT use cinnamon essential oil topically.
Clove essential oil
The clove is a plant that grows mainly in Europe and Asia, with a few species also found in North Africa and only one in North America.
Clove essential oil can be purchased in its pure form or used in a cream mixture. For people who have chronic hemorrhoids it can be used to relieve pain and discomfort.
Some natural ointments may contain cloves, but you can also prepare it at home. 3 to 5 drops of clove essential oil are mixed in 30 ml. unscented hypoallergenic oil-based lotion.