Cool the Burn

One TV advertisement you don’t see much these days is for hemorrhoid relief products.  I recall back in the early 80’s a commercial that showed a match being lit; comparing it to the burn of hemorrhoids; then the match was put out with a medicated pad.  

Crazy how much of a taboo topic it is yet approximately 75% of people will end up with them at some point.  Hemorrhoids are caused by rushing to complete bowel movements, persistent diarrhea or constipation, being overweight can increase pressure on pelvic veins, pregnancy and labor, and some medical conditions (Hemorrhoids, 2012).  

In looking up the ingredients of medicated hemorrhoid pads it was not surprising that the inactive ingredients included: water, glycerin, alcohol, propylene gylcol, sodium citrate, diazolidinyl urea, citric acid, methylparaben, and propylparaben.  All of these ingredients may have a valid purpose, however they are still synthetics; chemicals which imitate natural products.  

Rather than subject your already offended bum with alcohol and chemicals, try a much gentler solution of witch hazel which has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties to ease pain, itching, swelling and bleeding.

Cool the Burn Recipe

  • 100% Natural, alcohol-free witch hazel
  • Cotton pads or toilet paper


  • Soak a cotton pad or toilet paper with witch hazel
  • Gently cleanse the area by blotting rather than wiping
  • For extra relief, hold the pad against your bottom by squeezing your glutes together for a minimum of 30 seconds

This treatment can be done a few times a day to provide relief, and until the hemorrhoids clear up.  For an additional benefit, refrigerate the witch hazel until cold and then use as directed; the coldness of the witch hazel will help to further cool the burn.  

Next time you go to the bathroom, do yourself a favor and don’t rush.

Hemorrhoids – Topic Overview. (2012, March 16). WebMD. Retrieved from

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