Coconut oil is a gentle remedy for hemorrhoids. Homemade coconut oil suppositories, internal consumption and topical application are among the ways coconut oil is used as a natural hemorrhoid treatment. If you are hesitant to try the ever popular apple cider vinegar treatment for hemorrhoids because it is reported to sting, you will especially love this soothing remedy!
Topical Use of Coconut Oil for Hemorrhoids
If you keep a small jar of coconut oil in your bathroom, reserved just for this purpose, you can easily apply some coconut oil externally on the hemorrhoids after each bowel movement or even after ever trip to the restroom. Use a fresh tissue to scoop out and apply a bit of coconut oil. This method is immediately soothing. Coconut oil has pain relieving properties. It is also anti-bacterial, which may be helpful as well. Some of our readers have found anti-bacterial remedies alone can clear up hemorrhoids. Coconut oil is also an anti-inflammatory, which is perfect for inflamed hemorrhoids.
How to Make Coconut Oil Suppositories for Hemorrhoids
Some of our creative and industrious readers have made their own coconut oil suppositories.
- Have the coconut oil at just around 70 degrees. It should be solid but soft enough to work with.
- On top of wax paper, plastic wrap or aluminum foil spread a line about the diameter and length of a pencil.
- Wrap the paper, plastic or foil around the coconut oil and put it into the freezer. It should look like you have a pencil in your wrap.
- 15 minutes later, remove the wrap and slice the coconut oil pencil into 1 inch pieces.
- Refreeze the pieces.
- Use one piece twice a day as a rectal suppository. (You will have to work with it quickly as coconut oil melts fast.)
- This will bring immediate cooling relief.
- Suppositories can be used more often than twice a day.
- You may wish to use a sanitary pad to make sure that you do not leak any coconut oil (which is greasy) onto your clothing.
Coconut Oil Gel caps are also available from health food stores and online. If you do not have the time to make suppositories, these gel caps can be used instead.
Taking Coconut Oil Internally for Hemorrhoids
While the most common way to use coconut oil for hemorrhoids, it can be taken internally instead or in addition to topical use. Coconut oil works as an anti-inflammatory when taken internally. It provides nutrients. And for some it provides a gentle laxative effect. Because constipation is a cause of hemorrhoids, using coconut oil to relieve constipation will relieve the hemorrhoids. The maximum dose of coconut oil that is suggested per day is 3 tablespoons, taken throughout the day. But start with just a teaspoon a few times a day and make sure it suits you and slowly move up to the maximum dose. Coconut oil can be added to coffee, spread on toast, or mixed into hot cereal.
If your hemorrhoids have been caused by diarrhea, do not use coconut oil internally for hemorrhoids, as they could aggravate the condition.
When using coconut oil for medicinal use, it is best to used extra virgin coconut oil – the kind that smells like coconuts. The less processed the oil, the better. The processing will affect the healing properties of the coconut oil.
Continue reading to learn how Earth Clinic readers used Coconut Oil to cure their hemorrhoids.