I’m going to talk about the ‘H’ word, that’s right, Hemorrhoids! Literally, the pain in your butt. It’s estimated that half the adults will experience hemorrhoid by the time they’re 50. Symptoms vary and can include anal pain and itching, painful bowel movements, tender and swollen bumps near the anus and bloody toilet paper.
Many who suffer from this condition, blush when asking for help to deal with them, but they shouldn’t. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. Sometimes the walls of these blood vessels stretch so thin that the veins bulge and get irritated, especially when you have a bowel movement. They’re also called piles and are one of the most common causes of rectal bleeding.
More Than Half of All People Will Develop Symptomatic Hemorrhoids!
Hemorrhoid pain and bleeding have people reaching for the over the counter ointments or suppositories, or in worst case scenarios, surgery. But, there are several natural home remedies that will get rid of hemorrhoids fast.
Eat a High Fiber Diet
It’s amazing how diet is a big factor in a lot of our health conditions. With hemorrhoids, you absolutely want to avoid constipation, so a high-fiber diet is needed. It’s recommended you eat 30 – 35 grams of fiber a day. Fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables add bulk to your stool and may reduce strain and pain during bowel movements.
♥Berries- all kinds
♥Fruits – apples, bananas, pears
♥Legumes, such as split peas, lentils, black beans, lima beans, and baked beans
♥Yogurt and Kefir
♥Flaxseeds, chia seeds
♥Artichokes, peas, Brussel sprouts, broccoli
♥Dark leafy greens
Drink Plenty of Water
Dehydration can lead to constipation, and dry compact stool cannot be eliminated if you don’t drink enough fluids. Constipation makes hemorrhoids worse. Water is needed to move fiber through your digestive tract smoothly and effortlessly. Basically, the rule of thumb is to drink about 6 – 8 glasses of water a day.
Warm Bath Soak
Soaking your bottom in a warm bath water for 10 – 15 minutes two – threes a day can relieve symptoms. Another option is to use a Sitz bath. A sitz bath involves sitting in warm water for 10 minutes twice daily. It helps with anal itching, aching or burning and is known as one of the best ways to get rid of hemorrhoids fast. You can purchase them online and they sit on your toilet.
Keep the anal area clean by bathing or showering daily. Cleanse the skin around your anus gently with warm water. Avoid alcohol-based or perfumed wipes. Either pat dry with a towel or use hair dryer.
Butcher’s Broom and Horse Chestnut can help reduce swelling and inflammation from hemorrhoids. Witch Hazel is another great supplement to use. It’s a plant that’s been used for centuries for its skin-healing, astringent and antioxidant properties. Applied topically, witch hazel can help soothe hemorrhoids by reducing inflammation and pain. Psyllium Husk contains large amounts of soluble fiber which will add bulk to your stool, making them easier to pass. Pure Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that may help soothe inflammation of hemorrhoids.
Epsom Salts & Glycerin
This combination is lesser known but has been shown to offer hemorrhoid relief. Use these simple ingredients to make a compound and apply directly to the inflamed area.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts with 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin
- Apply the mixture to a gauze pad and place it on the painful area
- Leave this application on the area for 15-20 minutes
- Repeat every four to six hours until the pain eases
Using essential oils for hemorrhoids is becoming a new approach to dealing with this somewhat embarrassing condition.
Cypress Essential Oil’s astringent quality can help to shrink external hemorrhoids and relieve pain. It can also prompt normal blood flow to the area to encourage healing and reduce the tension in muscle tissue in the rectum. Add 4 or 5 drops to your bath water or blend these drops with coconut oil and apply to the anal area.
Tea Tree Oil can reduce inflammation and discomfort. It can also prevent any infections and stimulate the healing of tears or fissures in the blood vessels in your rectum. Blend tea tree oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil, and then topically apply it to the area around your anus for rapid relief.
Dill Oil is an extremely powerful oil that can quickly soothe pain and inflammation of external hemorrhoids and prevent additional bleeding during bowel movements. Add a few drops to a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply to the sensitive area.
Chamomile Oil is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory oil. It can cause the swollen blood vessels to retract back into the rectum, while also preventing the itchiness and pain that often occurs with this condition. It can also stimulate the regrowth of healthy new tissue in the rectum. You can add a few drops to a cup of chamomile tea or mix a few drop of the essential oil with jojoba oil and apply directly to the area.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to offer any medical advice whatsoever. If you have any health concerns, see your healthcare provider.