Hemorrhoids are swollen varicose veins in the anus and/or rectum. They are caused by bearing down during defecation or childbirth, and may also develop from standing for long periods or from constipation. The pressure of bearing down causes the veins to swell, expand and bulge outside the body. Hemorrhoids may become very painful and inflamed, necessitating surgical procedures for removal; however, you can make an herbal ointment that may reduce swelling and pain in less than 48 hours. Some herbs may produce mild side effects, so consult a health practitioner before using this remedy.
Sterilize the jar and its top, the spatula and the bowl in the dishwasher, or boil in water for 15 minutes.
Measure 3 oz. aqueous lanolin into the bowl and mix with 1 oz. organic olive oil. The organic oil is best because it has no impurities that may irritate sensitive tissues. Mix until well blended.
Add 40 drops Arnica montana to the lanolin and oil mixture. Arnica is made from a type of daisy and is generally used to treat bruises, wounds and injuries, according to the University of Texas at El Paso Herbal Safety website. It helps reduce swelling in bruised tissues.
Add 40 drops Calendula officinalis tincture or extract to the oil and lanolin mixture. Calendula is made from marigolds and is used primarily to heal a wide variety of skin conditions, according to Urban Herbs. The skin surrounding the anus can often become sore and inflamed during an attack of hemorrhoids, and calendula is soothing and healing.
Add 40 drops Aesculus hippocastanum tincture or extract to your mixture. Aesuclus, or horse chestnut, is commonly used for the treatment of varicose veins, according to the University of Texas at El Paso, which adds that the active ingredient in Aesculus is effective in the treatment of venous insufficiency, and may offer relief in the case of inflammation and swelling of hemorrhoids.
Add 40 drops of Hamamelis virginiana tincture or extract to the lanolin and herb mixture. Hamamelis is commonly known as witch hazel, which has been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and herbalists for the treatment of wounds, inflammatory skin conditions and hemorrhoids, according to the University of Michigan Health System. Hamamelis is soothing and cooling, and may reduce the swelling and itching associated with hemorrhoids.
Mix all herbs into the ointment until they are well blended. Using the spatula, scoop the mixture into the sterilized jar and store in a cool, dry place. A bathroom cabinet or drawer is a good place. It will keep indefinitely. Apply to hemorrhoids as needed for soothing relief. This is a fast-acting ointment and should produce results for most people in less than 48 hours.
Things You'll Need
3 oz. aqueous lanolin cream
1 oz. organic olive oil
4 oz. glass or plastic jar
Arnica tincture or extract
Calendula tincture or extract
Aesculus tincture or extract
Hamamelis virginiana tincture or extract
Tinctures and extracts are slightly different in the way they are made. Tinctures are made with a lower concentration of alcohol. Use herbal tinctures or extracts purchased from a reputable homeopathic pharmacy or herbalist. Ask if they can be made without the addition of alcohol or with as little alcohol as possible. Some herbal pharmacies use glycerine as a preservative instead of alcohol. When purchasing herbal tinctures from a reputable online homeopathic pharmacy, request them by their Latin names. If you are unable to find them as tinctures, consult an herbalist or health food store that carries liquid herbal extracts. In this case, you will have to ask for them by their common name.
The cream can be somewhat messy. Use a panty liner or other liner to protect your clothing.
Although these herbs are generally considered safe, sensitive individuals may have an allergic reaction in the form of a rash. If this occurs, stop the treatment and consult a health practitioner or herbalist. A weaker blend of herbs may not cause a reaction.
Arnica should not be used on open sores as it may cause side effects. If your hemorrhoids are bleeding, this ointment can be used with caution; however, never put straight arnica tincture on bleeding hemorrhoids. If side effects occur, stop using the ointment and consult your health practitioner.