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Castor Oil Treatment for Hemorrhoids

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Castor Oil Treatment for Hemorrhoids

Castor oil is a gentle but highly effective natural treatment for hemorrhoids that often brings relief after the first application. Castor oil works quickly and painlessly for hemorrhoids.

Castor oil is made from the seeds of the castor oil plant and has been used over the centuries to treat a multitude of conditions both externally and internally. Castor oil is easily obtained in health food stores, pharmacies, large grocery stores and online.

How Do I use Castor Oil for Hemorrhoids?

Our readers have used several different methods for applying the castor oil to their hemorrhoids.

Fold a square of toilet tissue in half and then fold it in half again. Put a few drops of castor oil onto the toilet tissue and apply to the hemorrhoid. After each visit to the rest room, change the toilet tissue. (Make sure that you are clean before applying the toilet tissue!)

A cotton ball or round make up pad will work as well as the toilet tissue method, but these products are not meant to be flushed, thus the toilet tissue method may be the most convenient.

An old, clean t-shirt can be cut up in to small squares and used for your castor oil treatment. This may be the most comfortable medium for the castor oil as old t-shirts are so soft. But again, these cannot be flushed!

The castor oil treatment may be easiest to use and most comfortable overnight. Our readers often find at least some relief after the very first application!

How Does Castor Oil Help Hemorrhoids?

Castor oil is an amazing oil with a broad spectrum of healing properties. It increases circulation, relieves pain, fights infection, reduces inflammation and it is soothing to tender tissue. Once you try castor oil for hemorrhoids, you will want to read about other ways to use castor oil!

Castor Oil Treatment Warnings

Castor oil is quite greasy. If it gets onto your clothing it may leave permanent grease stains. Keep this in mind when using this treatment. If you are concerned about this risk, consider using a sanitary pad to protect your clothing, at least during the day.

Castor oil is used internally as a laxative. If you are overly generous with the amount of castor oil you apply to your hemorrhoids, the body will absorb the castor oil and it may have a laxative effect on you.

Have you tried castor oil for hemorrhoids? Please share your story with us! And continue reading to see how our readers have used the castor oil treatment for hemorrhoids.

13 User Reviews

Posted by Irene (Los Angeles, CA) on 04/01/2021
5 out of 5 stars

My husband developed really bad hemorrhoid recently. We tried every remedy I'd find on earthclinic, but nothing seems to work. It lasted for almost a month!

One day I searched earthclinic again and noticed the posts for castor oil. I bought organic, food grade oil and he started using it. We were careful, applying a couple of drops each time, 3 times a day. It shrank the hemorrhoid greatly pretty fast, in a half of the day the pain was less and the size became much smaller, it worked like a miracle. In a day the shrank piece fell off. We were shocked!!! I talked to the doctor, she said that it is possible...Because that piece fell off he had some blood, we healed the wound with neosporin, just applied it several times a day. Finally our suffering stopped!!! After a very short time everything was over!

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Posted by Geet (New South Wales) on 08/06/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I tried using castor oil for my hemorrhoid. Got relief from the very first application, as I was unable to bend down to pick up anything. It's been 8 days, I am still applying once after shower, as a tiny bit of it has remained, but I can't feel it's there, while I walk, run or whatever I do.

After reading that it's a laxative, I have taken a tea spoon internally as well empty stomach in the morning. It is an excellent remedy to clear my intestines, and heal the hemorrhoids. Thank you!!

Replied by David
(Walnut Creek, CA)

How to use castor oil in case of an inside hemorrhoid? Thank you.

Replied by Martha

I am so happy to hear all these success stories using castor oil for hemorrhoids. Currently I am in a lot of pain when I have a bowel movement because I have been constipated and when I try to expel it feels like it tears my anus andi get blood and I am very sore afterward. I have also had them outside which I cured with preparent H. Right now I am putting that inside with the applicator. Also using Tuck's medicated pads. I'm trying to make changes in my diet but I'm taking iron which I think is making me constipated as well as all the meat I'm eating more than usual because I'm trying to boost my iron. I need to start juicing and adding beets into my diet and more veggies. Anyway my question is how long does castor oil keep in the bottle does it keep for years if I keep it in a cool dry place?

Also, there's Castor oil for the skin packs and then there's Castor oil that you can take internally. What's the difference and where can I buy the internal kind?

Dr. Norman Shealy recommends a drop of Castrol oil in each eye for cataracts and says it will completely clear them. But it must be food grade the kind that you can take internally that comes in a smaller bottle-- where does one buy that?

I am going to try putting the pads with a few drops of castor oil on my butt because I'm really in pain today so much so I can't sit in a chair right now. I'm getting sick of this situation and hope the Castor oil can cure me too.

Thanks to everyone for all your great success stories. Martha

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Posted by Castor Oil For Hemorrhoids It Works Very Fine (India) on 06/28/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Yes I used castor oil for Hemorrhoids it works very fine. now no pain and healing on the anus area.. I strongly recommend to all people in work very fine..

Replied by Isabel
5 out of 5 stars

Re: Castor Oil for Hemorrhoids - I did it and it worked.

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Posted by Anne (London) on 03/25/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I suffer from hemorrhoids once a month for a week, and usually just grit my teeth and bear it. But this month was particularly painful. So, I came onto Earth clinic for a remedy and opted for castor oil as this person describes - as mini packs during the day and at night during sleep.

I also employed the 6 inch step and ate a bit more fiber in the form of flaxseed. But I always up my fiber around this time of the month anyway, but it doesn't help much tbh.

There was a 80% improvement in 2 days! I couldn't believe it. I think it was the castor oil and 6 inch step.

The other thing is that I added sauerkraut to my breakfast these last 2 days too. I think fermented foods are amazing for intestinal health no matter what, so I'll carry on with that. Not sure if that contributed to my healing to quickly, but I'm sure it didn't hurt.

Thanks for such an amazing site!

Replied by Kim

What is the 6 inch step if you don't mind me asking? Or did I miss something in the thread?

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Posted by Naturalpursuit (Oklahoma, US) on 10/29/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I just tried the castor oil for my hemorrhoids, and within 2 hours, the anal tissue has completely shrunk and withdrawn back inside (it was inflamed and swollen). I still have pain, so I am looking forward to seeing how fast it completely heals. I am amazed that I did not know this sooner. I just gave birth 5 days ago and have been suffering with hemorrhoids caused by labor.

All I did was apply the castor oil on a square cotton pad and press it onto the area and leave it there. I will continue applying it and hopefully I am hemorrhoid free soon.

On another note, I also take magnesium and blackstrap molasses daily to prevent constipation. It is a miracle cure for anyone suffering from hemorrhoids and/or constipation because it causes you to become regular and softens the stool naturally.

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Posted by Johanna (Dallas, Texas) on 09/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My hemorroids have flared up in the past and gone down with no special treatment. However not this time... They flared with a vegence and the pain with sitting, standing, walking was unbearable. I tried externally applying apple cider vinegar but that made them worse as well as causing bleeding and the pain was NOT alleviated. ( I wish it would have worked... Sigh). Anyway I read thru the hemorroid remedies here on Earth Clinic as I did not want to go the surgery route that my sister did. She was in ALOT of pain afterward and is still having some problems. Anyway I noted a couple people here on the site had relief from castor oil. I happened to have a bottle of castor oil on the shelf and thus decided to give it a try. Well it is working... my pain level has considerably decreased.

What I did was to use Hexane Free and Paraben Free Cold pressed and cold processed castor oil and exfoliating cotton round cotton pads (yep the cheap ones you find in the make up aisle). I placed several drops of castor oil on the pad and then placed the pad against those hemorrohoids. I left the pad in place and went about my day. Every time I had to use the bathroom I replaced the pad. I also sleep with a pad in place. I feel so much better!!

I also have been taking sitz baths with only warm water three times a day. I sit in the sitz bath 20 minutes each time.

Replied by Dolores

If you put a few drops in milk and drink it, it helps the internal hemorrhoids, putting it in milk camouflages the taste of the castor oil

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Posted by Em (San Francisco, Ca) on 03/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

For the last few years I believe I have hemorrhoids (some swelling) and constant itching. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) was a short-term relief but , the itching and irritation that would follow would soon come back. I've tried different oils and other solutions.. Coconut, olive, hydrogen peroxide, witch hazel, calendula creams... There would be some relief and not for long. So, I finally decided to try multiple remedies.. For the last couple of days I've taken 500 mg of rutin which seems like a lot and may not continue since it seems to make me feel a bit queasy, plus 5 black whole peppercorns twice a day. I've also been applying castor oil two or three times a day and have felt a marked improvement.

I think castor oil is making a huge difference. The swelling and itching has almost entirely subsided and I feel I'm on the verge of a complete recovery. I'm so grateful to have access to this site and appreciate finding natural and least invasive treatments for many conditions that may otherwise be chronic. Thank you Earthclinic and all contributors!

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Posted by Xpi (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on 06/04/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My hemorrhoids flared up when I went on a diet and didn't introduce myself to a high-fiber diet slowly; my digestive system also seemed to have major issues especially with high fiber yogurt, which sent me to the bathroom frequently with burning diarrhea. I stopped eating the yogurt and the burning stopped, but the hemorrhoids persist.

I, like most others, have tried many things to control the pain and bleeding of hemorrhoids, with little success. OTC, sitz baths... none of it was giving me much, if any, relief.

After reading through all the posts on this site, I decided to first try apple cider vinegar; both externally and taking orally. Sadly, it has not helped me.

I then decided to try a Castor Oil pack last night. This morning I had the most comfortable BM I've had in a couple of months. I started getting a little throbbing from sitting a couple hours later; did another pack and felt relief in a matter of minutes. I'm not cured yet, but so far Castor Oil has helped me where nothing else I'd tried to date has.

Replied by Xpi
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
5 out of 5 stars

Update: Three days and four castor oil packs later I am so much better!

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Posted by Laura (Sparks, Nv) on 04/05/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Fast Hemmorrhoid cure

When I had babies it really brought on the hemmorrhoids. I tried creams, pads, espom salt soaks, sitting on pillows. I had to suffer 'til it went away. Nothing helped. Years later I was using the Edgar Cayce castor oil felt pad method on my abdomen for another issue and on a whim decided to try it on my hemmorrhoids. It worked! Gone in 20 minutes. This is what I do now when I occaisonally get hemmorrhoids. The ticket is not to get them in the first place... But childbirth.... Fiber dosen't fix that! Ha Ha

Treatment: Tear one sheet of toilet paper off the roll. Fold it in half and then half again into a small square.

Open the bottle of caster oil and set on a stable surface. Unfold the toilet paper to half open. Hold the paper on the top of the open bottle and hold them together and tip the bottle on to the paper so you can carefully pour about 1/4 tsp on to the paper. (be careful not to get on your clothes or carpet as it can stain)

Apply the paper directly to the hemmorrhoid, between your bums. Pull up your pants and go about your business.

The next time you sit on the toilet the paper should fall out in to the toilet, or take it out yourself. If the hemmorrhoid is not gone with the first treatment, repeat until it is. I have had results as fast as twenty minutes!

My 83 year young mother recently had a hip replacement. After a few days she told me she had hemmorrhoids. I said I have a treatment for that, why didn't you tell me? I did the above and handed her the paper that she applied to the hemmorrhoid while laying in bed. Her next trip to the toilet she said it was all gone! The next day I asked her if she needed another treatment and she said it never came back and she was so surprised.

I wish I had this when I had my babies. I know this will help a lot of people.


Replied by Hollie
(Honolulu, Hawaii)

Laura, thank you so very much for your information and time to write this! I have had two boys which are my pride and joy but for two precious gifts along comes hemmoroids, for me that is, and now that they are 18 and 20 yrs old strangely enough they are starting to enlarge and multiply with know constipation or straining whatsoever. I have been in pain and itching like crazy! Thank God for Earth Clinic and for people like you Laura! I will try it today and I will let you know if the castor oil and toilet paper work. Much Aloha from The Lewis Family!

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Posted by Jon (Singapore) on 06/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I had severe piles (internal) & haemorrhoids (external). Visit to doctor who gave some creams & advised surgery if the haemorrhoids didnt shrink. Read about castor oil and tried it as last resort as I didn't fancy the idea of surgery. A friend of mine who had piles surgery discovered he couldnt control his bowels well sometime after surgery.

Anyway, what i did was to coat the rear area, especially the inflamed tissues with castor oil twice a day after visiting the bathroom. Amazingly, after a couple of days, the area went back to normal and I did not have to go back to the doctor.

I will try castor oil for other various problems that I read about on earthclinic. Castor oil rocks!

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Posted by Gabi (TORONTO, CANADA) on 02/04/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Use Castor Oil to cure hemorrhoid. Make small CASTOR OIL PACK. You can use even cotton ball saturated with Castor Oil. Lie down and apply it to the hemorrhoid. You can walk with it if you have to. It brings very fast relive and swollen hemorrhoid shrinks fast.

Replied by Anon

Does Castor Oil permanently cure? It did disappear the hemorrhoid after a day or so. Then when I stop it I do see a small one in the morning...
Kept it again and hemorrhoid disappeared. When I stop applying the cotton with castor oil... I see a small one in the morning... Repeating for 7 days now....
How many days should I continue this? Did anyone face this?

What kind of a diet did you follow when you applied this topically?