Witch Hazel for the Treatment of Hemorrhoids

| Modified: Sep 10, 2018
Witch Hazel is a tried and true natural home remedy for hemorrhoids. It is easily available even in small pharmacies. This inexpensive remedy has worked wonders for our readers!

What is Witch Hazel?

Witch Hazel is actually an herb product. It is made from the leaves and stems of the North American witch hazel shrub. The official name for the plant is hamamelis virginiana. Witch hazel is an astringent. Astringents cause the skin tissue to contract. Witch hazel is also and anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

How Do I Use Witch Hazel for Hemorrhoids?

Witch Hazel can be used a number of ways. You can use it on toilet paper to clean yourself after a bowel movement. The remaining witch hazel will begin to do its work.

You can soak a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply it to the hemorrhoid overnight. Cotton make up rounds would work as well.

Putting the witch hazel in a spray bottle makes it easy to just spray the hemorrhoids after each visit to the restroom.

Once you have witch hazel around the house you will wonder how you lived without it. It can also be used on varicose veins and bruises. It also makes an effective deodorant for some.

Have you tried witch hazel for hemorrhoids? Please send us some feedback! And read on to see how this old fashioned hemorrhoid treatment worked for our contributors!


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Founder and CEO of Earth Clinic, has an extensive background in health and healing. She created EarthClinic.com in 1999 as a way to teach people about natural remedies and alternative healing therapies. Since then, thousands of people around the world and their pets have been healed by the remedies found on Earth Clinic. Deirdre holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College in Philosophy and is the author of the book Apple Cider Vinegar: A Modern Folk Remedy.


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Posted by Ilovemyplanet (Erie, Pa.) on 01/17/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I was looking for guidance for length of time witch hazel cotton balls can be left on hemroids and here it was!!! It has been a long time since I have had to resort to using witch hazel for hemroids, but after the birth of my son it was what the hospital used many years ago. The bugs going around this winter can cause awful diarrhea, which can cause massive hemroids.....and I highly recommend the advice given here. Natural is always better, especially when the body is in stress from illness.


Posted by Jayne (Perth, Australia ) on 11/01/2015
5 out of 5 stars

For painful external haemorrhoids, use witch hazel soaked in a cotton pad face wipe and leave on area over night. Couldn't believe it worked 100% no problems for 4 days now and this has been a recurring painful thing for a year on and off!!!!! Amazing.


Posted by Laurie (Chicago, Il) on 10/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Wow!!! Thank god for witch hazel!

I tried the ACV for hemorrhoids first and it made it worse by severely irritated them, well... more like burned them. So I calmed the skin back down by using coconut oil for a day. Very soothing, but I didn't find that it actually made the hemorrhoid go back up. So I tried witch hazel and the first application it shrunk half the size!!! The next application a few hours later literally got it to go almost back in. I'm sure by my 3rd application it will be back up where it belongs! This was all in about an 8 hour time span. I'm sure tomorrow (24 hours later) it will be completely back up there. I would highly suggest giving this remedy a go.

Just saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel. I used a witch hazel brand that has aloe. It feels so good on. It does tingle which tells me its working. Each time I sat with it on I would saturate the cotton ball then let it sit for about 5 minutes then re saturate to repeat the process. You just put the cotton ball on the hemorrhoid then sit down. So far so good! I also did find witch hazel suppositories online that I have ordered because I'm sure the issue is stemming from the inside and it needs to be addressed.

Good Luck! I hope this helps someone


Posted by Sarah (Charlotte, Nc) on 03/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

ACV did not help my hemorrhoids at all. Witch Hazel, applied with a cotton ball, however, totally stops the itching and temporarily shrinks the veins back up.


Posted by Sarah (Charlotte, Nc) on 03/11/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Yes! I got the kind of hemorrhoids from inflammation (from a low-carb diet, and I was never constipated).
Witch Hazel totally stops the itching and temporarily shrinks the veins back up. Also, a sweet potato a day is permanently healing my hemorrhoids. My intuition was telling me to get more vitamin A in my diet, and the first sweet potato healed me up so much that I've been eating one a day for five days now. The itching has almost entirely stopped, and the veins are almost completely receded.


Posted by Dj-jazz (New York, NY, USA) on 05/26/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hemorrhoids: With my hectic lifestyle, can never seem to stay regular, tried the golden milk, tumeric in hot milk with honey. What I found that worked was Witch hazel, coconut oil and hi fibre foods. Jazz


Posted by Wendy (Wilmington, Nc/ United States) on 04/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Witch hazel works for hemorrhoids. I had the worst case for a week. There was stabbing pain, swelling and itching. I was on this site and found the use of witch hazel. I got relief from the first use. There was no burning and instant relief. Within 3 days the hemorrhoids shrank and was back to normal. I do suggest using wet wipes when applying directly to the hemorrhoids.


Posted by Elaine (Edmond , Oklahoma, Usa) on 02/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Whenever I have hemorrhoid problems I take a wad of toilet paper and soak it in witch hazel. Just before bed I place the TP on the lump and let it sit there over night. Witch hazel is a topical analgesic and will definitely help with the pain and shrinkage. Right after my daughter was born I would put about a quarter to a third of a cup in my sitz bath. Not only did it help my hemorrhoids, but it also help with the pain AND healing of my epizotomy (sp).


Posted by Anonymous (Mia, Fl) on 07/23/2010
4 out of 5 stars

Hey how long does your hemorrhoid bump last after using the witch hazel? Once I used it, it made a remarkable change with the pain and shrinkage. But it shrunk halfway and I'm halfway done with the witch hazel bottle and I bought a new bottle for this problem. And I been putting witch hazel like 3-4 times a day, not shrinking anymore. I want my hemorrhoid bump to be gone finally after having it 2 1/2 weeks. Please help! Desperate need.


Posted by LoisLane (Jasper, Alberta, Canada) on 07/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

This definately worked for me. I got witch hazel with aloe vera and every night before bed I would put a bit of it on a cotton ball and just wipe around the anus. It got rid of every last little bump and the itch. Definately recommend it!


Posted by Rosa (AZ)
5 out of 5 stars

Try witch hazel on cotton. leave in place for a few minutes like about 5-10min works a wonder....


Posted by Gsabra2 (Springfield, Mo)
5 out of 5 stars

I was feeling an ache in the anal area yesterday and today was in pain, getting to the point where I could not sit down. I remember I had this pain in that area before and went to the doctor, checked myself and yup, it was a hemorrhoid.

I was reading the site and saw Witch Hazel helped someone in a sitz bath (thank you! ), I did not have a sitz bath but I did have Witch Hazel and cotton balls. Soaked the cotton balls in Witch Hazel, wiped the affected area gently and carefully, and now.. No pain! It took all of three minutes and I am now sitting on my bun, letting you know I have relief. I will continue with the Witch Hazel and begin implementing chopped garlic, 2 cloves twice a day. I inherently know that this body will be helped by that. Thank you Earthclinic (lurker for four years).