Here is something everyone suffers from but no one wants to talk about… I mean, really, did you ever have hemorrhoids? No, don’t answer that!
But if you had… They can’t be ignored, right? No, don’t answer that! Cause then I’ll know you had hemorrhoids, and I don’t want to know.
Well, the good news is that there are a few ways to cure hemorrhoids naturally at home. Here are 7 natural ways to cure hemorrhoids at home.
So, if you are 15 years old and didn’t give birth yet, or if you have an exceptionally tight behind, or if you are just plain lucky, let me inform you that hemorrhoids are inflamed and swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum. Symptoms are itching, bleeding and discomfort. Oh… the miserableness!
The 7 natural ways to cure hemorrhoids that I am going to list here are all using the same three natural ingredients; horse chestnut, witch hazel, and oak bark (I use white oak bark but you can use a different kind if you can’t find the white one). I buy all of those from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Oak Bark –
1. Inject decoction in the rectum – To a make decoction, simmer one teaspoon of oak bark in one cup of water for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the decoction cool to room temp. Then, use a syringe to inject a couple ml of the mixture in the rectum.
2. Apply decoction externally – Soak a cotton ball in decoction and apply externally.
Witch Hazel –
Witch hazel extract from Mountain Rose Herbs is double distilled from the Witch Hazel tree. It contains 86% witch hazel extract and only 14% alcohol. If you ever wondered why the witch hazel pads they sell at the store do not help you at all, the reason is that they contain more alcohol than actual witch hazel.
3. Mix witch hazel and horse chestnut tincture – Make a mixture of 80 ml witch hazel and 10 ml of horse chestnut tincture (more about horse chestnut bellow). Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply externally after each bowel movement.
4. Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel mixture – Mix two tablespoons of aloe vera gel with two tablespoons of witch hazel in a small bowl. Place in the refrigerator and let it cool. Place a teaspoon of the mixture on a cotton ball and apply externally. This is going to sooth the pain immediately, so it is a good idea to start here, you might not need the other solutions at all.
Horse Chestnut –
If to be honest, I got a bit confused when it comes to horse chestnut in my research. Many companies sell horse chestnut extract, tea blends and capsules to be consumed orally, yet in many places it is advised not to take horse chestnut orally since the nuts contain a poison called esculin. You should not eat horse chestnut, that’s for sure. For any other form of use of horse chestnut, you might want to educate yourself further so you can make the right decision. Here is a good place to start.
We did drink horse chestnut tea in a small dose and had no side effects. It actually helped a lot, so we only had to drink it twice.
5. Make a tincture – Fill a jar with 2 inches of horse chestnuts. Add 4 inches of 80% alcohol (or a little more, enough to cover the chestnuts plus two more inches). Close the jar and let it sit on your counter for 4 to 6 weeks. Every few days, give it a shake. When the tincture is ready, run it through a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Discard the chestnuts and keep the liquid in a dark glass bottle. Add 30 drops of tincture to a glass of water twice daily. You can also make a non-alcoholic tincture like I made here (replace the echinacea with horse chestnuts).
6. Horse chestnut tea – Simmer one tablespoon of horse chestnut in one cup of water for 10 min. Make whatever tea you like and add two tablespoons of horse chestnut tea to it. The horse chestnut tea is very bitter so you might want to add stevia or another sweetener.
7. Apply horse chestnut tea externally – Soak a cotton ball in the horse chestnut tea after it cooled to room temperature and apply externally.
I would love to hear about your experience with horse chestnut. Do you take it orally? Did it ever cause you serious side effects?
Hopefully, you’ll never suffer from hemorrhoids, but it’s always good to know about natural ways to take care of them at home.
For a healthy behind,
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