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19 July, 2008

How To-66: "How to Remedy Hemorrhoids With Simple Folk Medicine"

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Make your own large easyer to use version of Hemorrhoidal Pads with Witch hazel to help soothe and shrink the hemorrhoids. Works like magic. Witch hazel has been used by Native Americans for its anti-inflammatory properties.


  1. Purchase witch hazel you find at the store in the liquid astringent form (typically in 12 ounce bottles) and a tub of baby wipes, Buy a multi-pack refill of baby wipes to save money. Some refills also contain a new tub.
  2. Pour entire contents (no more then a single 12 ounce bottle) into a new and unused baby wipe container. To make sure of full saturation of wipes separate sections of wipes and pour some on each section. It will be very soggy and there will be an inch or two extra at the bottom if you use entire 12 ounce bottle. Add just enough to see extra at bottom of tub of wipes.
  3. Wipe the affected area with witch hazel wipes in the same method you use paper tissue after using paper tissue wipes.
  4. Use until cured.


  • Wash your hands before and after using toilet.
  • Make sure your septic will take baby wipes so you do not cost your self a plumbing bill and a headache. If you have city sewer lines, don't flush the baby wipes because even ones that claim to be flushable can clog lines.
  • If possible try to discontinue using dry paper tissue wipes to avoid irritations and pain.
  • Use witch hazel wipes after wiping with paper tissue
  • Baby Wipes are expensive and not as environmentally friendly, but they do clean better and feel refreshing as opposed to paper tissue.
  • Make sure to separate sections of wipes while pouring.
  • Avoid the urge to squeeze excess liquid back into baby wipe tub. to avoid cross contamination if you have fecal matter on your hands or other types of matter that can cause problems.
  • Do not recycle liquid at bottom because it will be mostly water and additional additives from the wipes and it will most likely not be as effective. It may be too high of concentration of witch hazel and could cause irritation or affected area.
  • Use wipes instead of tissue paper too avoid irritations and pain if you think this will help. So people are not used to doing this out of habit. this of it this way to you use tissue paper on babies? No.
  • This is an extreme version of the hemorrhoid pads that are very small and much more expensive and hard to use.
  • Typical bottles of witch hazel are 14% by volume alcohol so if your sensitive to alcohol consult a doctor.
  • Make sure you have medical approval if your going to use this method.
  • Use common sense.


  • Avoid the urge to squeeze excess liquid back into baby wipe tub. to avoid contamination.
  • Some people may have irritations from witch hazel. read warnings on typical containers of hemorrhoid pads.

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