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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the anal canal. They can be itchy, bleeding and/or painful protrusions just under the skin. There are two types internal and external. Internal are inside the anal canal in the lower rectum and external are at the anus. They result from increased pressure in the veins often due to straining during bowel movements and during pregnancy. Scratching in an attempt to relieve the itching symptoms further weakens the area and compounds the problem.

Hemorrhoids are common among adults starting in their late 40s as well as women during pregnancy. They do not pose a serious health concern but do cause considerable discomfort.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  CypressEC, FrankincenseEC, HelichrysumEC, LavenderC

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: GeraniumC, Peppermint, SandalwoodC

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Suggested protocols:

Mild with itching - Helichrysum and/or Lavender apply topically 1- 2 drops of each oil directly to area of discomfort. Sitz baths as well may help, warm water in tub to cover hips with 2 -3 drops of oils.

Bad with discomfort and/or itching - Helichrysum, Frankincense and Lavender (or Cypress, Helichrysum and Lavender) apply topically 1- 2 drops directly to area of discomfort and use a cotton ball with Frankincense as the last wipe after bowel movements. Sitz baths as well, warm water in tub to cover hips with 2 -3 drops of oils.

Internal - 1 -2 drops each Geranium and Lavender (or other blends above) with 1 teaspoon FCO or Olive Oil internally in a rectal enima 3 times a day till relief.

Very bad with bleeding - Use this blend:

  2 tablespoons VCO

  10 d Helichrysum

  10 d Cypress

  10 d Lavender

  10 d Frankincense

  5 d Geranium

  5 d Sandalwood

Apply blend topically 4-6 drops directly to area of discomfort 3 times daily. Also use a cotton ball with Frankincense as the last wipe after bowel movements. Sitz baths as well, warm water in tub to cover hips with 2 -3 drops of oils.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Linray - What oil would help hemorrhoids?

Rob -  Cypress is an astringent, which will shrink the tissue and painful protrusions.  You may apply it neat, although stand by with a carrier, for some it may be too strong on sensitive areas. Helichrysum, Lavender and Frankincense are also oils that may help. You could also do a sitz bath with Cypress.  For some it is very soothing.

Samara - I know someone that swears by peppermint believe it or not.

Pat - Frankincense wiped directly on the area after cleaning. You will be amazed.


Jan - Several years ago, an acquaintance called to say her husband was scheduled for hemorrhoid surgery and did I know of anything he could do to possibly avoid that. I suggested applications with each trip to the bathroom, a blend of equal parts cypress, helichrysum and lavender in a carrier oil. It worked! No surgery! (That was before I knew the value of EVCO. Now I would suggest using that as the carrier for easier application.)


Joy - Has anyone had better results with Helichrysum over a Cypress/Geranium/FCO combination for hemorrhoids? That combo has worked in the past with amazing results, but now it's getting to the point that surgery is looking to be imminent (the doctor has recommended surgery for the past several years), though usually it's "kept at bay" with in-office laser treatments (and more recently the oils), but this time, that blend of the oils just doesn't seem to be doing it. These hemorrhoids first appeared during pregnancy.

Pat - I have a friend who had this problem and each time she used the restroom she would do a final wipe with a cotton pad that had Frankincense on it. It was a bit painful but as she continued using it she had some amazing results and never did have to have surgery. I am not saying this will happen for you, but it is a suggestion for your situation.

Amelia - Peppermint w/FCO seems to help. Peppermint helps with varicose veins and reduces them, or has for my family, so a family member mixed FCO w/ peppermint oil and used it since hemorrhoids are indeed a type of varicose vein.

Karen - My husband had them really bad and I took the following blend, put it in a capsule and used it as a suppository at night. It was better in about a week. 

  2 tbls VCO

  10 d Helichrysum

  10 d Cypress

  10 d Lavender

  10 d Frankincense

  5 d Geranium

  5 d Sandalwood

Valerie – Would this be good for hemorrhoids that bleed at times, also?

Karen - Yes. My husband’s would bleed when they got really bad. It took me so long to talk him into the suppository but he was so glad he did.

Miki - My own testimony about this is Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) (now LLV) supplements and Lavender! Ever since I started with LLWP, I've noticed several "benefits" and this was one of them. I used to suffer with pretty bad one since my babies and was even considering a surgery, but now it's gone!  Also, Lavender worked wonders for me when it flared up.  Once in a while, when it happens, I use Lavender on it, a couple of drops directly on the area.  It's soothing and it helps with the swelling and all.


Kelly - I have a pregnant mama who has internal hemorrhoids, she was in so much pain that she couldn't sleep and was having cramping.  (She called her midwife to check in with her) Her and I talked and decided she should fill a syringe with a carrier oil (she used organic olive oil) and add 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop lavender.  She did this 3 times the first day and twice the second and now she is doing it once a day.  She said that the night after using the oils 3 times that she was able to sleep with little pain and after the second day she didn't have any pain.  She is continuing to use the oils once a day for maintenance. This story was just so amazing to me and makes me so happy.

Jan - I had someone with a similar situation but the hemorrhoid ruptured and she was on vacation. Lots of blood and scary. She thought she was going to have to go to the hospital. Instead, she put a cotton ball of geranium, lavender and melaleuca right at the opening. Kept it there over night. By morning, the bleeding had stopped and there was no pain at all. What an amazing story. I love these oils.


Kimberly - My mother has itchy hemorrhoids that only seem to bother her at night when she goes to bed. Theirs no pain just uncomfortable itching that keeps her up all night. I made a mix of Virgin compressed coconut oil and cypress for her, but it did not help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Miki - Has she tried Lavender? It worked for me!


Anonymous - Having the discomfort of hemorrhoids has bothered me off and on for a number of years.  After being introduced to essential oils I had a reoccurrence and I decided to give the recommendation I had found in the book we had a try.  I was amazed, with just two direct applications (a drop or two on my finger) of Helichrysum the episode was completely over.  I was very happy and convinced.

Pat - I can tell of my personal experience using Helichrysum on a hemorrhoid attack that I thought was heading me to the emergency room.  I administered this oil and was right within 5 minutes - after hours and hours of suffering.

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