Hemorrhoids can become the bane of your life. Painful, itchy and seemingly hard to get rid of, they can make everyday activities much harder than they usually are. Luckily, there are plenty of effective, all natural ways to get over hemorrhoids. To help you to banish those hemorrhoids fast, we have listed our top 5 hemorrhoid-beating natural remedies. These inexpensive, simple to use natural remedies will provide you with considerable relief, and fast. Just what you need!
1. Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera is often used to cool skin after sunburn, to reduce inflammation and to heal open wounds. All of these properties make aloe vera gel perfect for treating hemorrhoids.
Though you can buy several aloe vera based preparations (such as creams and lotions) over the counter, it is best to use pure aloe vera gel. This can be purchased by the tub or bottle, or if you have an aloe vera plant you can simply break off a leaf and squeeze a little gel onto your fingers.
Apply the aloe vera directly onto the hemorrhoids and its astringent and cooling properties will get right to work. When you apply aloe vera a few times a day, you will notice that your hemorrhoids will start to shrink very quickly.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar has been hailed as the cure all, must have ingredient in any store cupboard. A natural remedy for warts, skin tags, spots and blemishes, apple cider vinegar also works on hemorrhoids.
In particular, apple cider vinegar will instantly banish the itching and pain caused by hemorrhoids. However, if you use this remedy, be prepared to feel a little stinging when you first apply the vinegar.
Simply take a Q tip of cotton bud and apply some apple cider vinegar directly on to the hemorrhoid. As mentioned before, it will sting but it will be very effective: all of those horrible itches and twinges of pain will be gone instantly.
In addition, some people have found that swallowing a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (or adding it to their diet in other ways like mixing it in to their salad dressings ) helped them to get over their hemorrhoids more quickly as well.
3. Tea Tree Oil.
It is a good idea to have a little tea tree oil in your cupboard anyway as it is great for spots and blemishes. Like aloe vera, tea tree oil has anti inflammatory properties and so it can be used to shrink hemorrhoids. Apply it directly to the hemorrhoid with a Q tip a few times a day to cool and shrink the hemorrhoid. You should not feel any stinging as with apple cider vinegar.
4. Psyllium Husks.
Increasing the amount of fiber in your diet is one of the best things that you can do to avoid irritating your hemorrhoids. A high fiber diet means that you will not spend time straining when you need to go to the bathroom, which is very important if you want to avoid inflaming your hemorrhoids further.
You can buy psyllium drinks, or you can add a spoonful or two of these husks to your oatmeal in the morning. They do not have a strong flavor of their own, so can be incorporated into shakes, smoothies and salad dressings.
Of course, if we are talking about diet, it goes without saying that you should eat healthily if you want to get over your hemorrhoids as quickly as possible. Staying hydrated is also very important, as this ensures that your bowel will not become too inflamed or irritated.
5. Witch Hazel.
Witch Hazel is one of those medicine cupboard staples: and for good reason. It can reduce swelling, help cuts to heal and shrink stretch marks and bruises. When it comes to hemorrhoids, witch hazel has a threefold effect: it reduces bleeding, stops itching, and relieves pain.
Again, you should apply witch hazel directly to the hemorrhoid. One of the best things about this herbal remedy is that it has a long lasting effect. So, you can apply it in the morning and it will last until you are home from work. Then, you can apply a little more to get you through the night.
Unlike apple cider vinegar which some people find can sting too much for them, witch hazel simply has a pleasant and cooling feel.