Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY Suppositories using Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

 DIY Suppositories using Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

Hemorrhoids!  At some point or another, many people suffer from painful and annoying hemorrhoids.  Women tend to begin suffering with them during pregnancy or after childbirth.  Different hormonal changes slow down the digestive system which can then cause constipation – which then leads to straining during a bowel movement.  Not to mention as you progress in pregnancy the weight being carried is a bit unevenly distributed!

I know what you are thinking, “How embarrassing to talk about hemorrhoids!”  Hang in there with me; unfortunately I know what I’m talking about.

About 3 months after I had my third child (a homebirth), I began suffering from hemorrhoids.  Nothing too serious at first and I just used OTC products to relieve the discomfort. As time went on it got worse and I eventually ended up going in to see my family physician.  She was astonished that I had not gone to see her sooner.  I had close to a 2 -2 ½ inch thrombosed external hemorrhoid!  No wonder I was in so much pain! 

She recommended a minor surgery – that she would do right there in her office.  She explained to me that essentially I had a blood clot that needed to be “relieved”.  So she was going to make an incision and drain the clot. In hindsight, I would rather give birth 100,000 more times than have that “minor” surgery done again!  OUCH!

Sadly, that did not help at all!  My bottom was numb until I got home – the doctor said it should be numb for 6 hours – it took me 30 minutes to get home!   I wasn’t even able to go to the pharmacy to get the pain meds she prescribed.  When I did arrive home, to my dear husband and children (remember I had a 3 month old), I was in so much pain that I could barely stand. 

I called my midwife who rushed over to sit with me and my children while hubby went to get the pain meds.  I took warm sitz baths and took the pain meds as prescribed – to no avail.  In fact, a few hours later the hemorrhoid had doubled in size! In desperation I called a friend to see if she could take me to the ER – she came right over and we ended up leaving the ER after sitting there for hours without being seen.

The next day, my younger sister recommended I come into the ER where she works (an hour away) and let a different doctor take a look and see what he could do.  Another sweet friend drove me an hour away and it turns out the first doctor botched the whole thing and I would need another surgery!  Fortunately, this time it would be under conscious sedation. 

It took weeks to recover.  I was in extreme pain, only to learn that there may have been a better way; a way where I wouldn’t have needed all those toxic pain meds (that’s another horrible story) and surgeries.

Several months after that I signed up for Young Living Essential Oils and learned that there are oils and other products that could help relieve me of my suffering.  Over the past year I’ve been using Purification® Essential Oil Blend topically as needed.  Epsom Salt baths using Purification, lavender, or peppermint have helped as well. I also started taking Essentialzyme three times a day and a good probiotic.  Recently, with another “flair up”, I needed something more.  After hours and days spent researching I decided to try something different with my essential oils – suppositories!

Suppositories are another great way to use the essential oils if for some reason your digestive system is compromised.  This could be during times of illness where vomiting is involved.  Trying to take anything by mouth at that point, could only frustrate the problem further.  In this case, a suppository would be a great option.  Doctors use this option as well with pregnant women suffering from nausea and vomiting – they can prescribe the anti-nausea medication in suppository form.  

In the case of hemorrhoids there are several different OTC medications that come in suppository form – so why not make my own with my essential oils? 

That’s exactly what I did! 

I did a little more research and found that I could make suppositories quite simply and inexpensively using my Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and coconut oil.  I don’t have any sort of fancy apparatus to mold the suppositories, so I had to get creative. 

Here’s what I came up with:
  • 2-3 tsp coconut oil (should make about 2 suppositories)
  • 8-10 drops of essential oils* (I used Lavender and Peppermint)
  • Wax Paper

Mix coconut oil and your choice of essential oils in a bowl.  Then spoon the mixture onto a rectangle piece of wax paper.  You are going to then roll this up like a candy.  Initially I made two separate wrappings, but then decided one long roll would be easier.  Then, when the coconut oil has hardened, remove from freezer and unwrap from wax paper.  Cut in 1 to 1 1/2 inch sections and wrap in aluminum foil. 

Place this in the freezer.  When you need to use a suppository just remove from the freezer, take the wax paper wrap off and insert. It will be self-lubricating as coconut oil will begin to melt when it is put onto a warm surface.  

This has worked very well for me. 

Because I’m using the coconut oil, it acts not only as the delivery agent – but it keeps the oils from burning, as many might assume they would.  I’ve not had any problems with burning or pain – only relief from the pain and discomfort that are associated with hemorrhoids.

The key to hemorrhoids is preventing them.  Here are a few ways to prevent hemorrhoids:
  • Eat plenty of nutritious fiber. Avoid unhealthy food products, such as sodas – these can wreak havoc on the digestive system, especially the diet sodas. 
  • Drink plenty of water.  Remember that simply keeping your body properly hydrated can prevent many illnesses and health complications.
  • Be active.  Sedentary lifestyles are not healthy for anyone.  Get out and take a nature walk.  Thirty minutes of some kind of aerobic activity will help strengthen and tone the muscles in your body – including those in your rectal area.  Physical activity also aid in the digestive process.
  • Take extreme caution when lifting heavy items.  When the body is under pressure from lifting an heavy item, it can cause bulging in the rectal area which can cause hemorrhoids.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.  Diet, nutrition and exercise are KEY!

If you do become constipated, avoid straining.  Get up and get moving.  Increase your water intake.  And, try a homemade suppository of coconut oil.  This may very well get things moving quicker without causing damage to your bottom!

Suggestions for dealing with hemorrhoids:

Essential Oil Singles: Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, Cypress, Basil, Wintergreen, Spikenard, Myrtle, Roman Chamomile, Cistus, Myrrh, Helichrysum

Blends: Melrose, Purification®

Dietary Supplements: Balance Complete, Multigreens, Polyzyme, Longevity Softgels, MegaCal, Digest + Cleanse, ICP, ComfortTone, Essentialzyme, NingXia Red

Hemorrhoid Relief Blend
Combine the following oils with two to four drops of V-6 oil (or coconut oil) and apply to area.

Peppermint (one drop)
Helicrysum (two drops)
Geranium (two drops)
Cypress (two drops)

You can create the combination of oils and ointment that works best for you.  For me personally, I’m finding that Purification® oil works best topically, and the combination of Lavender and Peppermint in a coconut oil suppository.  I also take Essentialzyme and a probiotic.  When I am not careful with picking my children up or simply not taking it easy when I need to, I begin to suffer again with hemorrhoids. 

***Keep in mind the area being discussed is very sensitive, thus the need to dilute the oils prior to application.  Using coconut oil for the suppository does dilute the oils and I’ve not had any trouble with burning or pain – just relief!

*I only recommend therapeutic grade essential oils. What does “Therapeutic Grade” really mean and why is it important? Click HERE to find out.

If you’d like to become a Wholesale Customer (Independent Distributor – no obligation to sell anything) and purchase Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils , simply click on the “Buy Now” button below for more information.

(Essential Oil and Supplement recommendations were used from the Essential Oils Pocket Reference and Gentle Babies books.)

The information provided on Southern Scentsabilities is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  1. I love your site !!! I've been searching for the correct oils to use for a suppository for my husband as he has been in great pain from hemorrhoids for a few weeks now. I am signed up but not very active with Young Living, then was enticed to sign up with the "other" company lately. But I seem to find better more user friendly information (tips) from YL users. I so appreciate finding your site and will be back. Thank you for being here (; Sincerely

  2. I use the suppositories at night before bed, but I've noticed in the morning when I have a bowel movement the oils are sitting on top of the water. Are they not going into the colon area? Not being absorbed? Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

  3. Anon,

    Yes, that is normal. The oil that you're seeing in the water is most likely the coconut oil. This is common even with over the counter suppositories. The coconut oil acts as a lubricant, so some will eventually travel back out when you have a bowel movement - in fact, using just straight coconut oil in suppository form can help with constipation for that reason.

    Hope that helps!

    Crystal <><

  4. I have to tell you as a fellow Young Living Distributor that this is a great article and very helpful thanks for sharing.

  5. Do these suppositories work for fissures too? I'm in extreme pain and nothing (OTC, prescribed or natural) has worked to this point. I'm praying all the time that the Lord will show me what to do.

  6. Leah, I have found them to be very helpful for that too. Sure wouldn't hurt to give it a try and see if they are helpful for you. Praying for you!

  7. Hi I had a rectum operation a few years ago, I now suffer with constipation taking Movecal at the moment it works ok but would like to try some thing more natural been reading about home made suppositories where would I find the how to make a suppositories I am willing to give it a try

  8. I experienced a similar hemorrhoid story. I was 39 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, my oldest was a tall, sturdy 2.5-year-old. A weekend of lifting her more than usual (she was sick) left me with awful hemorrhoids. My dr offered to numb me topically before cutting out the clot from my thrombosed hemorrhoid. I went for it. I went to my friends to pick up my daughter, and - just like you - 30 minutes later the pain came back and stronger than ever. It was thrombosed again. I drove home crying, scaring my daughter. My husband came home from work. The next day we all went back to the dr, she cut me open again, and this time removed 4 blood clots! She was just sure she'd removed them all, but we didn't even make it home before the numbing wore off and I was in even worse pain. It was now after business hours. I had to go to the ER and wait forever. I couldn't sit down b/c of the pain and I was 39 weeks pregnant, my legs started giving out and I couldn't stand anymore! I received a really strong topical cream to numb the area. And then 3 days later, I gave birth (amazingly, no hemorrhoid-related problems during birth), so that really helped alleviate the strain my body was under. My baby is almost 2 now, and I've had the hemorrhoids come back randomly here and there. I really fear getting pregnant again because of what could happen with the hemorrhoid pain (worse that labor - no breaks in between any contractions, just constant pain!). All that to say, I'm going to try the suppositories, thank you so much for your post!

  9. How do you mold the coconut oil without it being already liquid form? I mean if I use my hands it melts right away.

  10. I mix up the oils in a bowl and if the mixture becomes a liquid, I just pop it in the fridge for a few minutes and then spoon it in a line in the center of the wax paper. I then roll it lengthwise using the wax paper as the tool that molds the shape. I pop that in the freezer until it is a solid. Take it out, cut it up and wrap in aluminum foil - keep the wax paper.

  11. One more thing - I keep these in the freezer. When I need to use one, they don't melt as quickly because they are frozen.

  12. I'm about to go see a Colorectal surgeon for a consult on my hemorrhoids. I don't even know if I can make it until next week. I know I'm on some meds that can cause constipation, and I always strain to poop...And I like to read on the toilet. (It's peaceful there okay? Lol.)

    I kind of love you for making this page, it's literally a sensitive subject for most of us. I already have many of the essential oils you listed, I also have a bunch you didn't list. These are the ones you talked about. Maybe you could give me a bit of advice on how to combine them?


    I'm also confused as to why there are only 4 oils listed on the "Hemorrhoid Relief Blend." And is this blend the same as the suppository?

    Sorry for all the questions, my skin is oober sensitive to the oils on this place on my neck where I have nerve damage. And I don't want to burn my bum! :)

    Okay, thanks
    Kristin :)

  13. I use mini ice cube trays (silicone) to make my suppositories. This way I can pour in the liquid coconut oil, place the trays in the fridge and when solid, they pop out very easily. I then store them in a jar. Actually, my trays do double duty -- I make vaginal suppositories (1/2 melted cacao butter and 1/2 coconut oil). I don't like using Premarin cream nor the OTC lube.

    1. Ellie, why cacao butter and not just 100% coconut oil for the lube suppositories?

  14. I have peppermint oil but another brand. Can I use that?

  15. Anonymous, my suggestions are for the use of Young Living's Essential Oils only. I cannot give instructions for use on any other essential oil brand.

  16. Is it still safe to use suppositories if I have an internal tear due to hemorrhoid problem?

  17. Anonymous, I don't see why not. I would think it would actually help support your body to heal the internal tear.

    **I'm not a doctor.***

  18. I'm fairly new to YLEO so forgive the newbie question but, when you say 8-10 drops of lavender & peppermint oil, is that each oil or combined?

  19. That is a combined mixture of the Peppermint and Lavender. You'll have to play around with the recipe to make it work for you. Great question and no question is silly! Welcome to Young Living!


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