Hemorrhoids (also called piles) can be unpleasant. These are swollen veins in the anus or in the lower part of the rectum that can cause symptoms such as itching, discomfort and rectal bleeding.
Tea tree oil is often used in home remedies for hemorrhoids. It can help reduce hemorrhoids, swelling and itching. Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, which is native to Australia. People use it to treat various health conditions.
The benefits of tea tree oil for hemorrhoids
Tea tree oil possesses powerful properties that can help treat hemorrhoids in several ways. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation and swelling. This helps shrink hemorrhoids.
The antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil can reduce symptoms such as itching, discomfort and pain. This can relieve much of the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids, especially when the oil is combined with witch hazel or aloe.
Tea tree oil contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help keep the affected area clean, preventing the risk of infection.
While tea tree oil has long been used for this purpose, there is evidence that it may actually work to treat hemorrhoids as well. A study shows that a gel made with tea tree oil and hyaluronic acid is effective in treating hemorrhoids while being safe for those who use it.
How to use tea tree oil to treat hemorrhoids
There are several ways you can use tea tree oil to treat hemorrhoids, but it's important to note that none of them involve taking the oil by mouth. Tea tree oil can be toxic if ingested.
Instead, topical treatment is the way to go. Tea tree oil comes in a diluted form, which is less strong than essential oil and can be applied directly to the skin.
Always dilute tea tree essential oil. Mixing tea tree oil with other ingredients can further dilute it and reduce the risk of skin reactions.
A few drops of tea tree essential oil mixed with a tablespoon of coconut oil provide strong anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply this directly on the affected area using a cotton ball.
You can also mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of castor oil and a teaspoon of witch hazel or aloe. After mixing this combination well, use a cotton pad to apply it directly to your hemorrhoids.
Side effects and risks of using tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is considered safe to use. However, tea tree oil is a strong ingredient and can cause some skin irritation if applied undiluted. Therefore, it is best to dilute tea tree oil with castor oil or coconut oil before applying it to hemorrhoids.
Tea tree oil can dry out the skin, so it's best to use it sparingly. In some people, tea tree oil can cause hemorrhoids to swell or worsen. Discontinue use immediately if this occurs.
Tea tree oil should only be applied topically. Taking it by mouth can cause serious side effects.
When to see your doctor
One of the most common symptoms of hemorrhoids is bleeding during bowel movements. Even if you suspect hemorrhoids are the cause, check with your doctor so you can rule out something more serious, like colon cancer. They will determine whether hemorrhoids are the cause or not.
If you know you have hemorrhoids and they don't improve with home treatment or medication, talk to your doctor about another type of treatment. This is especially important if they bleed frequently or are very painful.
If you experience symptoms such as excessive rectal bleeding, fatigue, or dizziness, seek emergency medical attention immediately.