One of the best and gentlest ways of relieving the symptoms of hemorrhoids is with a sitz bath.
Most new moms are aware of the sitz bath as they are recommended after childbirth for getting rid of the swelling and also to keep the area squeaky clean...kind of sounds like what you need to do for hemorrhoids too right?!
A sitz bath is like a small bowl that attaches onto your toilet seat... you fill the bowl with warm water (and a little salt too if you find it helps) then sit and relax. It's quick, easy and especially useful for people who either don't have a normal bath or find it difficult to get in and out.
If you'd like to see some examples of sitz baths and find out more about how they work go to: http://www.bleeding-hemorrhoids.net/treatment/treatments-at-home/sitz-bath