Sitz Bath for Hemorrhoids

Someone not taking a sitz bath

Hint: This is not how you take a sitz bath

Although there are better home remedies for hemorrhoids, a sitz bath could help relieve pain, itching, and inflammation of external hemorrhoids in particular.

Sitz bath comes from the German word “sitzen”, which means “to sit”. So sitz bath just means “sitting bath”.

This how-to will help you pick the most effective ingredients and take a sitz bath for hemorrhoids without flooding your bathroom.

By the way, a sitz bath doesn’t only help with the symptoms of hemorrhoids, but also if you got:

  • Anal fissures
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Prostatitis
  • Genital injuries

How Do I Take a Sitz Bath?

It’s easier than you might think. All you need is a sitz bath seat for your toilet. It looks like this:

Photo of a sitz bath toilet seat

This is how a sitz bath kit for your toilet looks like

This is usually the ideal solution. However, any shallow tub will do. So if you have any tub that’s small but still fits your behind, you can use that too.

In fact, you could even use your bathtub if you don’t have or want to buy anything else.

  • Step 1: Add about 4-6 inches of warm water to your tub (or fill your water bag)
  • Step 2: Add and dissolve the ingredients (more on these below!)
  • Step 3: Sit in the tub for 10-15 minutes and make sure the affected area is covered in water
  • Step 4: Dry the affected area with a soft towel & clean the tub
  • Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for up to three times a day

What Are the Best Ingredients for a Sitz Bath for Hemorrhoids?

The most important ingredient is obviously warm water. However, you can and should also add at least one of the following ingredients to your sitz bath to increase its effectiveness.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is one of the most effective additions you can put in a sitz bath to treat hemorrhoids.

If you filled your tub with about six inches of warm water, add one cup of Epsom sal. Make sure to dissolve it until no grains are left!

Sea Salt

Sea salt is known for helping with skin conditions and wounds. Adding sea salt to your sitz bath certainly has its benefits.

Add and dissolve about four tablespoons of sea salt to your sitz bath. Don’t use sea salt in addition to Epsom salt!

Chamomile Brew

You need to prepare this prior to taking the sitz bath. Chamomile is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that’s being used for ages.

Take about three tablespoons of chamomile and brew them with one cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 30 minutes.

Then, filter out the chamomile and add the brew to your sitz bath!

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Yes, you can add ACV to your sitz bath too! This can be mixed with any other ingredient.

Just take about 1/4 cup of ACV and add it to your sitz bath right before you take it. Use organic ACV if possible. You may increase the amount of ACV to 1/2 cup depending on how much water you added to your tub.

Conclusion

If you suffer from hemorrhoids, a sitz bath can certainly offer some relief! If you add salt and herbs, it can even help cure them. Although, a sitz bath should never be the only treatment you’re getting for your piles.