Sitting Pretty Balm
Sitting Pretty Balm is an herbal balm promoted as being effective in the treatment of varicose veins and hemorrhoids in particular. The company behind this formula is Mountain Rose Herbs.
Mountain Rose Herbs processes and distributes many herbal extracts and spices which it usually acquires from American certified organic farmers. It also works however with foreign suppliers. The company has also launched its own lines of herbal remedies (like salves, tinctures, infused herbal oils) and cosmetic products, as well as herbal teas and home and gardening accessories and tools. One of the core values of Mountain Rose Herbs is to support ecological agricultural practices and it has even won some rewards given its continuous efforts to promote sustainable farming.
Mountain Rose Herbs claims that Sitting Pretty Balm is a potent and astringent formula with soothing properties. According to the producer, it may provide relief from hemorrhoids and varicose veins disorders, while also being able to prevent this type of medical conditions. The formula is based entirely on natural ingredients of which most are certified organic or wild harvested. The producer does not give details on who should use or not use Sitting Pretty Balm. Therefore we believe you should consult with your healthcare practitioner before using it.
Sitting Pretty Balm Ingredients
Sitting Pretty Balm contains the following ingredients: Witch Hazel leaf, Butcher’s Broom root, Yarrow flowers, St. John’s Wort flowers, Slippery Elm bark, Vitamin E oil, Olive oil, and Beeswax.
Sitting Pretty Balm is an herbal balm which contains only herbs and natural preservatives and thickening agents (like the vitamin E oil, the olive oil, and the beeswax in which the active herbs are infused). One key ingredient that has even been tested in clinical trials for its effectiveness in treating hemorrhoids is witch hazel. Witch hazel may provide only temporary relief from the pain and itching sensation usually associated with hemorrhoids. The plant also has other uses, based on folk medicine. These include poison ivy blisters, diaper rashes, fever and tuberculosis. As for side effects, this herb may only cause some mild skin rashes when used topically. Internal use in large amounts could cause liver damage and stomach problems.
The plants used in this formulation are recommended for skin conditions, gastrointestinal problems, depression and other nervous system disorders, coughs and colds. As a result they may interact with medication for these illnesses. Therefore you should consult a doctor if you are planning to use Sitting Pretty Balm for longer periods of time.
The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the formula’s quality and effectiveness therefore the producer has to mention on the label that Sitting Pretty Balm is not intended to treat any illnesses. This is the case with many herbal products.
The balm is sold in tins of one or two ounces. On its website, Mountain Rose Herbs does not list side effects or clear use directions.
- It costs $4-$5.75 per fluid ounce which would recommend it as a relatively inexpensive formula
- It contains only natural ingredients
- It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee from the producer
- Shipping charges are high (more than $6)
- There are very few online consumer reviews
- Herbs like St. John–s Wort and yarrow interact with several types of drugs
Sitting Pretty Balm is recommended as an effective formula for varicosities and hemorrhoids in particular. It contains ingredients which back up its effectiveness as they have been traditionally used in folk medicine for treating varicose veins. Nonetheless we believe you should ask for medical advice if you plant o use it regularly as the producer does not give details on its side regarding potential side effects or a maximum recommended dose. Moreover Sitting Pretty Balm has quite a limited number of online customer testimonials therefore we do not have sufficient empirical evidence that the product works or whether it is safe.