10 Effective Home Remedies For Hemorrhoids

A hemorrhoid flare-up can cause a lot of pain and uncomfortableness. Girl With Hemorrhoids

If you are suffering with hemorrhoids there are many things you can do at home to find relief.  Listed below are 10 home remedies for hemorrhoids:


Witch Hazel


Witch hazel is one of the best products to use if you want to get rid of hemorrhoids fast.

Witch hazel contains properties which have been shown to shrink swelling, decrease bleeding and heal tissue, making it an ideal choice for hemorrhoids. 

It can be applied to the hemorrhoid area several times daily.

Witch hazel is a common ingredient found in many over the counter hemorrhoid creams, ointments and pads.


Warm Baths


A warm bath will help increase the blood flow in the hemorrhoid area. It will also provide soothing relief from the pain and irritation and help to reduce the swelling.

To get the most benefit from this method of treatment, you should engage in a warm bath or sitz bath two to three times each day for fifteen to twenty minutes.


Hemorrhoid Ointments and Creams


There are a wide variety of hemorrhoid creams, ointments and suppositories on the market.

These products can be great at helping to relieve pain and inflammation during a hemorrhoid outbreak but they are not designed to be used on a long term basis.

Different products treat different symptoms, so be sure to select a product that covers your particular needs.


Apple Cider Vinegar


The antibacterial and astringent properties of apple cider vinegar work to reduce the swelling and soothe the pain.

If using this method, organic apple cider vinegar is best. Apply a small amount onto a cotton ball and apply directly to the affected area.

You will probably experience a slight stinging sensation. If this sensation is too intense, try diluting the organic apple cider vinegar with water.



Tea Tree Oil


The astringent and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil work well to reduce hemorrhoid itching and swelling.

Tea tree oil can be applied directly to the hemorrhoid area. However, it is a little strong and may possibly cause stinging.

Therefore, it is recommended that you mix it with another healing oil such as olive oil or castor oil before applying to your hemorrhoids.


Over The Counter Pain Relievers


For hemorrhoid pain relief, you can take over the counter medications containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol.

This will help to alleviate the pain but does not aid in reducing swelling.

You should follow dosage directions and only take them if and when needed.


Aloe Vera


Aloe vera gel promotes healing of the hemorrhoid tissue and provides relief from irritation.

The best aloe vera gel to use for hemorrhoids is directly from inside the leaf of the plant.

However, if you do not have access to an aloe plant, you can purchase aloe gel from most local pharmacies or online.

For external hemorrhoids, place the aloe vera gel directly onto the hemorrhoid area.

For internal hemorrhoids, place the aloe gel in the freezer and once frozen insert into the rectum.

The cold will provide immediate relief and the aloe will work to soothe the irritation, reduce swelling and help to heal the hemorrhoid.

Aloe Vera also comes as a drink which can also be used to help internal hemorrhoids by helping to improve digestion and keep your stools soft.


Olive Oil


The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil make it an ideal treatment for hemorrhoids.

Olive oil helps to improve and strengthen blood flow in the anal region which in turn reduces the size of the hemorrhoid. 

It also works to reduce itching and irritation.

Clean the area thoroughly and apply the olive oil outside of the rectum before and after bowel movements.

Organic olive oil should be used whenever possible.




Ice reduces swelling by constricting the blood vessels and providing immediate pain relief on contact.

For a homemade ice pack, throw some ice in a small freezer bag, wrap with a clean cloth and apply directly to the hemorrhoid area.

Leave the ice pack in place for approximately fifteen minutes.

For best results, ice the area two to three times daily.


Zinc Oxide


Zinc oxide is a white powder mineral that is used in a variety of products.

It is commonly used in many creams, ointments and lotions and is insoluble in water.

Zinc oxide works for hemorrhoids because it acts as a barrier to the hemorrhoid, keeping it free of irritation and itching.

You can find over the counter creams containing zinc oxide at local retailers and pharmacy.

One cream in particular that seems to work well for hemorrhoids is Desitin Diaper rash ointment.

It contains forty percent zinc oxide and because it is made for babies, it is gentle on the skin.

Zinc oxide should only be used topically for external hemorrhoids. It should never be used for internal hemorrhoids.

It also should not be used by pregnant women,

If you are unsure of whether or not zinc oxide is right for you, contact your physician before use.

Also, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.

Each of these home remedies for hemorrhoids can bring hemorrhoid relief on its own but may be more effective when alternated with one or more other hemorrhoid treatments.

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