Chamomile: Natural Treatment for Haemorrhoids
Haemorrhoids are a swelling in the veins in and around the anus. Many people find haemorrhoids a difficult or embarrassing topic to discuss, which makes seeking help for this painful condition extra difficult. There are various ways to relieve the discomfort of haemorrhoids, reduce swelling and even help to eliminate them altogether. Chamomile can be used as an effective herb to treat haemorrhoids naturally at home. This article will discuss how to use chamomile as a natural treatment for haemorrhoids.
What are haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids occur due to the inflammation of the veins around the rectum and anus. The submucous tissue that contains the surface blood vessels and arteries are pushed outwards causing lumps to appear on the skin. These swellings can be painful to touch and can cause discomfort when sitting and when moving the bowels.
Haemorrhoids can be caused by a number of factors. Constipation over prolonged periods can cause haemorrhoids due to the compression of the veins in the rectum. Diarrhoea can also conversely give rise to haemorrhoids. Pregnant women often suffer from the condition towards the end of the pregnancy due to the extra pressure around the area.
Other factors that can cause haemorrhoids include obesity, which adds pressure to the pelvic floor and abdominals, aging of the body, which means the rectal sphincter can get weaker, hereditary factors and a sedentary lifestyle. Certain professions are more at risk of developing piles, such as office workers who sit still for long periods, and taxi and bus drivers.
There are various symptoms of piles which can make it clear that it is indeed this condition that is causing you discomfort. One important symptom is pain around the anus and red blood in your bowel movements or on the toilet paper is also a warning sign. Black stools can mean blood is present in the bowel movement and is also a strong warning that you could have piles. Stains in your underwear can indicate that piles could be present. Other symptoms include gas, bad odour and partial incontinence.
Chamomile for haemorrhoids
Sometimes haemorrhoids can go away on their own after a week or so but they can also stay and need intervention to help them disappear. Chamomile is an excellent soothing herb to help relieve the discomfort of haemorrhoids. Chamomile is famous for its medicinal properties. This plant is easy to grow in your own garden, so it is possible to have relief close at hand for if ever you suffer from the uncomfortable condition of haemorrhoids. Here are four recipes for chamomile treatments that can help to reduce and eliminate haemorrhoids.
Chamomile has many medicinal properties that help to calm the nervous system, sooth the digestive system and act as an anti-inflammatory. This herb is also anti-spasmodic and antirheumatic. Another excellent herb to add to chamomile to increase its effectiveness in treating piles is rose.
Chamomile and rose
To create this infusion, pour 250 ml of wheat germ oil into a container along with 10g of powdered chamomile and the petals from two roses. Simmer the mixture for at least one hour then use a cheese cloth or a nut milk bag to strain the mixture. Mix the result with 20g of beeswax and 20g of lanolin to create a soothing ointment. It is always best to place this in a sterilised container for hygiene. This potion will set solid and can then be applied to your piles every day to relieve the pain and discomfort.
Chamomile oil can be bought in health food shops and herbalists. It is also often available in chemists. Apply this gentle lotion directly to your haemorrhoids and you should feel immediate relief.
This recipe is ideal for creating a soothing bath to relive pain from piles. To create the infusion simply add a handful of chamomile leaves to three litres of boiling water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. This mixture is ideal for pouring into a bidet or pot. Sit in the chamomile infusion until you feel relief.
Chamomile is perfect for adding to water to create a gentle tea to cleanse the skin and care for your haemorrhoids. Place a handful of chamomile leaves in one litre of water and steep for 10 minutes. You can also use chamomile tea bags. Bathing in chamomile tea helps to reduce inflammation and you can also drink this delightful infusion to help heal the body as chamomile is restorative for the skin and digestive system.