Prime Women are in the prime age bracket for experiencing hemorrhoids; in fact, more than half of us will suffer from them. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the perimeter of the anus; you may have heard Grandma or Mom refer to them as piles. Whatever you call them, the sooner they’re resolved, the better.
You may be interested to know that everyone has hemorrhoids, which are naturally-present cushions of tissue that are filled with blood vessels. They are located at the end of the rectum, just inside the anus, and their role is to help push feces out of the anus. In common usage, when someone says they “have hemorrhoids,” they mean that they are experiencing enlarged, inflamed hemorrhoids whose symptoms can include painful bowel movements, itching, or bleeding.
If you experience hemorrhoids, reconsider the mainstream tendency to run to the drugstore for an over-the-counter pharmaceutical cream with anti-inflammatory properties. Instead, consider a natural approach to hemorrhoid relief and prevention.
If we understand their cause—and keep a few essential oils on hand in case we get them—we can shrink them down and won’t have to suffer for long.
Mother Nature has given us some beautiful medicinal plants whose essential oils will work in concert with your body and give you relief:
The old saying, “You get what you pay for,” is a good adage for essential oils. The FDA does not regulate essential oils, so make sure you buy quality oil from a conscientious company. Some good quality brands include Rocky Mountain Oils, Now Foods (which is affordable and widely available), Aura Cacia (available at Whole Foods), Public Goods, and essential oils from direct marketers doTERRA and Young Living, to name a few.
The best essential oils are concentrated and very potent, so it is not advisable to not put essential oils directly on your skin, especially not on the sensitive skin around your anus. Dilute the essential oils by mixing a few drops of the essential oil with a mild carrier oil such as:
Use a cotton ball or cotton pad to apply the oily mixture. Note that even before you buy essential oils, any coconut oil or aloe vera you have on hand can give you some immediate relief.
During this time of healing, you will also likely feel better if you wear breathable cotton instead of synthetic underwear, which can aid in getting air to the affected area.
In order to avoid or reduce the possibility of reoccurrence, it’s important to understand some common potential causes of hemorrhoids. A primary cause includes excessive pressure around the anus from:
Now that we’ve gotten to the root of what causes inflamed hemorrhoids let’s get down to how to prevent them from happening or reoccurring. Our gastrointestinal tract goes from the mouth to the anus, so to avoid problems at the end of the process, be mindful and intentional about what you eat, which kicks off the digestive process.
To prevent hemorrhoids, it’s essential to eat plenty of fiber—the recommended daily amount for women is 25 grams—and drink eight glasses of water every day. Dehydration can lead to constipation. When you eat enough fiber and drink enough water, your stool will be easier to pass, which will, in turn, reduce the necessity of activities that cause the pressure that results in hemorrhoids.
Also, take note of the three kinds of fiber: prebiotic fiber, soluble fiber, and insoluble fiber.
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to resolve and even prevent inflamed hemorrhoids. Essential oils are an effective treatment for hemorrhoid pain, wound healing, swollen blood vessels in the rectal area, and other hemorrhoid symptoms. If you have painful hemorrhoids, consider this amazing natural treatment to bring quick relief. Just a small amount of this hemorrhoid treatment, even just a few drops of essential oil, can begin the healing process and bring on a cooling effect to relieve skin irritation and improve blood circulation to the affected area.
As with anything involving your health, it’s also a good idea to check with your health care practitioner about the best course of action for your particular situation.