Hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the lower rectum or anus, can cause a number of uncomfortable side effects: pain, itching, swelling, painful bowel movements, and difficulty sitting.
Many people find that the area is just too painful to allow someone to examine. Others are embarrassed by their source of pain. No matter your reasoning, there is hope that you may be able to skip the doctor’s appointment altogether by using one or more of the methods below. These home remedies for hemorrhoids have been tried and tested by thousands of people in your very predicament.
1. Warm Baths and Sitz Baths
Warm baths often help ease the pain associated with hemorrhoids, and they also keep the area clean. Taking a warm bath for 15 minutes after each bowel movement, or at least 2-3 times per day, helps in preventing against infection as well. You may choose to use a sitz bath, which sits on the toilet, to make the process easier.
Amazon has tons of products that can be used as home remedies for hemorrhoids, like this Hemorrhoid Soak Bath Salt that can be added to bath water or a sitz bath to aid in reducing pain and swelling.
- Warm water.
- Sitz bath.
- Saline solution or Bath Soak.
- Unscented, antibacterial soap.
When using a sitz bath, put the basin beneath the seat of the toilet. Many of these kits come with a bag of saline solution that can be mixed with warm water and added to the basin. But you can use any saline solution or soak recommended for use with sitz baths. If you are using the bathtub, be sure to first thoroughly clean it. You can then add solution or bath soak directly to the warm bath water.
2. Cold Packs and Compresses
Applying a cold rag or an ice pack to the affected area can help reduce the swelling, and also numbs the area – bringing temporary pain relief. This Hemorrhoid Ice Pack comes with a hygienic case so that it can be reused multiple times.
- Ziploc bag.
- Thin rag.
- Ice Pack.
Simply place the ice pack in the freezer for at least an hour, or place a few ice cubes into a Ziploc bag. If you are using this second method, be sure to wrap the homemade ice pack in a thin rag so it does not cause skin or nerve damage.
3. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is not only a home remedy for hemorrhoids but it also works to cure many other issues of the skin. This plant is used to make an astringent, which is very helpful in speeding along the healing process within the body. This is why witch hazel is one of the best home remedies for hemorrhoids.
You can find concentrated witch hazel in the pharmacy and first aid section, or you can choose a wipe containing witch hazel, like Preparation H Wipes, which are intended for use with hemorrhoids.
- Witch Hazel.
- Coconut Oil.
- Cotton Swabs.
- Hemorrhoid Wipes.
Dr. Josh Axe recommends diluting the witch hazel in some sort of oil, like coconut oil, so that the astringent is not too strong – causing the skin to dry out too much. You can combine 3 parts coconut oil to 1 part witch hazel in a container and allow the cotton swabs to absorb the mixture.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Using pure apple cider vinegar is another method that can be used to reduce pain and swelling. But beware: using pure apple cider vinegar can cause some stinging but it will help with the pain and swelling after the stinging subsides.
- Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Cotton Swabs.
Apply the apple cider vinegar directly to the affected area, holding the cotton swab in place for about a minute to allow the vinegar to absorb into your skin. Drinking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can also bring relief to internal hemorrhoids.
5. Psyllium Husk
Many of the home remedies for hemorrhoids that have been mentioned above are intended to medicate the hemorrhoid from the outside, reducing pain and swelling. Using psyllium husk is a remedy that is intended to help in easing pain from the inside.
Psyllium husk is full of fiber, thus regularly consuming it can soften stools, putting less pressure on the veins. This can reduce pain with any current hemorrhoids and assist in preventing new hemorrhoids from forming. Many fiber supplements, like Metamucil, contain Psyllium husk. However, many people do not enjoy the taste of it and prefer to take it in a pill or capsule. NOW Foods offers this in capsule form, and has excellent reviews.
- Psyllium Husk Powder or Psyllium Husk Capsules.
If using a powder then mix approximately one tablespoon of powder with 8 ounces of water, then drink the mixture.
6. Wet Wipes
When choosing a wet wipe be sure to pick one that is non-medicated and non-perfumed. This is not one of the home remedies for hemorrhoids that are intended to reduce or improve symptoms. Refraining from using regular toilet paper will ensure that you are not causing any scratches that may further irritate the enlarged vessels.
- Wet wipes.
To be used for wiping purposes, just as regular toilet paper would be used.
7. Vitamin E
Vitamin E capsules or oils can be used for the same purpose as wet wipes. While vitamin E capsules can also be ingested, you can open the capsule and apply the oil directly to the hemorrhoid to rehydrate the area.
Using a bottle of vitamin E oil isn’t as messy as using a capsule. After thoroughly cleaning the area you dip the end of the q-tip into the oil, then wipe it around the anus, covering any broken, scratched, or torn skin.
8. Aloe Vera
I’m sure you’ve heard of aloe vera’s healing qualities by now. And it doesn’t just aid in taking away the sting from a sunburn, it can be used as one of the most soothing home remedies for hemorrhoids as well! Be sure to use the actual plant, instead of a bottle with added ingredients. This way you can be sure you are not introducing any chemicals that may sting or irritate the area.
- Aloe Vera Plant.
For external hemorrhoids you can cut a piece of the plant off and rub its juices on the affected area. For internal hemorrhoids you will want to remove the outer layer from the plant, including skin and thorns. Then freeze the piece of aloe vera and gently apply it to the internal hemorrhoid.
9. Lemon Juice
Among the natural home remedies for hemorrhoids lemon juice is the one that can be used in different ways. You can consume the lemon juice, or you can apply it directly to the hemorrhoid. You can even ingest it and apply it externally to be sure you’re covering all of your bases. Depending on which method you use, you may need to add ingredients.
For external use
- Cotton swabs.
- Lemon juice.
- Mint juice.
- Ginger juice.
When drinking this concoction you can do one of two things. You can add half of a lemon’s juice to a cup of hot milk. Drink this mixture every 2-3 hours. Alternatively, you could mix one half of a teaspoon of each of these: lemon juice, mint juice, ginger juice, and honey. This can be done once a day.
10. Tea Tree Oil
Aside from witch hazel and aloe vera, tea tree oil is another of the home remedies for hemorrhoids that can be used as a homeopathic remedy for hundreds of different ailments and conditions. This is a very strong oil, known to have healing and restorative powers. Because it is so strong it should always be diluted with something like almond oil, or it could cause a heightened burning sensation. Using tea tree oil will not only bring temporary relief but it will also cure your hemorrhoid altogether!
- Tea Tree Oil.
- Almond Oil.
- Cotton Swabs.
When diluting tea tree oil to use on your skin, you should mix about 1 tablespoon of the carrier oil (almond oil in this case) with 7-10 drops of tea tree oil. Then use a cotton swab to apply the mixture to the hemorrhoid. You should notice steady shrinking with consistent use of tea tree oil.
11. Olive Oil
Olive oil works as an anti-inflammatory, reducing the pain and swelling. It can also work to hydrate the area, like vitamin E, and also increases the elasticity of blood vessels – this makes it easier to make a bowel movement. Olive oil can be used both externally and internally.
- Olive Oil.
- Cotton swabs.
To use olive oil externally, just saturate the end of a q-tip, or moisten a cotton swab, then rub on the affected area. Olive oil could also be used as a carrier oil for one of the other methods, like tea tree oil or witch hazel. When dealing with hemorrhoids swapping out butter for olive oil should help your body in the same way psyllium husk would, making it easier to pass a bowel movement.
As strange as it may sound, many have found immediate relief from hemorrhoids by using banana peels. It is recommended that you combine the banana peel with other remedies, like witch hazel or petroleum jelly. Mixing it with petroleum jelly helps the banana peel to stick, while witch hazel helps in drying out the lump. Others say either method is too messy and much simpler to just use a banana peel extract cream.
- Banana peel.
- Petroleum jelly or witch hazel.
- Surgical tape.
- Gauze strip or cotton swab OR
- Banana peel extract cream.
If you are using a banana peel extract cream all you have to do is applying the dream generously to any hemorrhoids you may have. If you are using an actual banana peel here are two different methods that can be used. Scrape the inside of the banana peel and mix it with a small amount of petroleum jelly (just enough to make a consistency that sticks to your fingers easily).
Then, dab a cotton swab into this mixture and use surgical tape to hold it in place against your hemorrhoid throughout the day or overnight. If you are using witch hazel it is best to blend a banana peel with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel. Dip a gauze pad into the concoction and apply it to the hemorrhoid.
When searching for relief from bothersome painful hemorrhoids it is often unnecessary to make a trip to the doctor. Many of these items you will already have around the house, and others can be easily found at a local grocery store or pharmacy. Before you panic, or think that you have to live with the discomfort, try one of these home remedies for hemorrhoids that have been sworn by for ages.