Home Remedies for Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are a problem that almost everyone deals with at some point in their lives. Whether they are caused by poor diet, pregnancy, or genetics, they are uncomfortable.
Conventional hemorrhoid treatments can be irritating and they may cause stinging, which makes them difficult to use regularly.
These home remedies for hemorrhoids are easier, more natural alternatives.
Witch hazel is a natural plant remedy that is used to treat the stinging pain of many conditions. It is a solid, reliable remedy for hemorrhoids, thanks to its natural astringent properties.
- For this remedy, you can use witch hazel liquid, witch hazel pads, or witch hazel ointment.
- Apply the liquid, ointment, or pad to the anal region and hold for a few minutes. You may experience stinging for a few moments, followed by relief.
- Use witch hazel on a regular basis to reduce the bleeding and swelling of hemorrhoids.
Butcher’s broom, Ruscus aculeatus, has been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for poor blood circulation.
It is easy to prepare and can be used in multiple ways, making it one of the most convenient home remedies for hemorrhoids.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that decrease swelling in body tissues and improve vein integrity. Butcher’s broom can be used as capsules, tea, or the plant itself.
- If you are using capsules, take them as recommended on the bottle.
- Regular use of butcher’s broom capsules should reduce the amount and severity of hemorrhoids.
To prepare butcher’s broom as a tea:
- Add 1 teaspoon of butcher’s broom to 1 cup of hot water.
- Let the leaves steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the leaves out.
- The tea can be bitter, so you may want to sweeten it before drinking it.
The tea can be applied topically to the rectal area to soothe the area. If you use the tea in this way, completely cool it before applying.
- For topical use, you can also find the plant butcher’s broom or grow it yourself.
- Press the crushed leaves of the plant to the anal area for relief from hemorrhoids.
Aloe vera, the same remedy used for quick relief of sunburn, can also be used to treat hemorrhoids.
Since you can either use the plant itself or aloe vera gel in a bottle. This is one of our affordable home remedies for hemorrhoids.
- If you have an aloe vera plant, break off a few of its leaves.
- Apply light pressure to the leaves to get the clear liquid of the plant out.
- Apply this gel to the anal area.
If you do not have an aloe vera plant, you can buy straight aloe vera gel from a natural health store.
Horse chestnut should only be used by those who are experienced in herbal remedies, as anything other than the seed or bark of a horse chestnut herb is poisonous.
- Add 1 teaspoon of horse chestnut seeds or bark to 1 cup of boiling water.
- Steep for 5 minutes.
- Drink the tea once a week to improve vein strength.
5. Sitz Bath
A sitz bath is one of the easiest and fastest working home remedies for hemorrhoids. You can take one of these baths every day or even twice a day if your symptoms are especially painful.
- Run a cool bath in your bathtub. It only needs to be as deep as your hips when you are sitting in it.
- Add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to the bath.
- Sit in the bath for as long as you would like to experience relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids.
- Maintain a cross-legged or knees-up position to allow the sitz bath to soothe the anal area.
If you wish to use this remedy frequently, only use apple cider vinegar in the bath once every other day.