A liquid extract made from an American plant(Hamamelis virginiana) it is used externally to calm itching,although forked hazel branches were used by ‘witchers’ to find the underground water an are still valued by dowers today.The witch hazel name come from the Middle word wych ,which means pliable.The wood is so springy that Native American once used it to make bows.
Because of its tannin’s,once it was taken internally to cure diarrhea. But the distilled preparation sold as witch hazel or hamamelis water in pharmacies today is a different remedy altogether.It was manufactured by steeping method but later it switched to steam distillation process.The new method was very efficient,but there was a problem high heat during steaming which devoid witch hazel from tannin.Its mildly astringent action comes from its alcohol content present in it.However you can buy proper herbal witch hazel preparation including liquid extract,dried leaf or tincture.
It also a good ingredient in many skin care products.
The witch hazel sold in pharmacies has a common with traditional remedy,the alcohol content which makes it safe and effective.
Dab on a little of it to disinfect the cut and slow down bleeding(Don’t use witch hazel on serious cuts: alcohol may increase skin damage.Even if you haven’t cut yourself witch hazel leaves your skin feeling softener soothed when used as an aftershave.
Soak a cotton wool ball in witch hazel and dab it onto your face to remove the oil present on face,to tighten the pore and also increase the skin tone.It is also a good ingredients in many skin care products.
As a mild astringent,witch hazel is useful for sunburn,skin inflammation and insect bite.In the summer keep it in fridge so that it’s cool-and all the more soothing-when you apply it to sunburn skin.
Mix it with rosewater and geranium as a soothing spray or lotion for skin condition.
It can help you to clean your face. It is super easy and effective. It works great as a natural cleanser. It will help you remove the impurities that normally face washes leave behind.Take a cotton swab and put witch hazel on it. Gently wipe this over face. It will remove your makeup, leftover dirt and oil.
Apply the tincture of witch hazel to your bruises and sprain it relief you.
Pour the some witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply it on your tender area.The tannin will shrinks the blood vessel and the liquid will provide soothing and a cooling sensation as it evaporate.It has a ingredient in preparation H and several other to counter the hemorrhoid.
Fade Bruises and Blemishes:
It may also be used to treat blemishes already present on the face or other areas of the body. Apply witch hazel with a cotton ball or cosmetic pad to reduce irritation and appearance of acne or other inflammatory skin conditions. Witch hazel applied to bruises can also help to fade discoloration and speed up the healing process of any underlying damage.
Use a weak infusion as a mouthwash.It have been shown to inhibit oral bacteria and may be useful for treating periodontal disease.Swish it round and split it out don’t swallow.
It contain the anti-inflammatory,hydrating and anti-bacterial effect make s it useful for treating the intertrigo and some other form of dermatitis. Apply it to affected are with a soft cotton ball or a soft cloth.
For both men and women, it is a great follow-up to shaving any part of the body. Not only will it stop bleeding from nicks or cuts, anti-inflammatory witch hazel can also work to prevent razor burn. Furthermore, those who employ hot wax treatments for hair-removal may also apply witch hazel as an anti-inflammatory post-waxing or use it to stop bleeding from damaged hair follicles.
Its anti-inflammatory properties make witch hazel a good after sun soother.Because one of its constituents tannin,is tough to protect from UV radiation it has been used as an ingredient in some lotion.
Protect Your Mouth, Lips and Gums:
If you have blisters on your lips, inner cheeks or gums, turn to witch hazel to speed healing and get rid of pain and swelling. It’s safe to apply witch hazel extract to the inside of your mouth to slow down bleeding, blisters, sores, bad breath odors and infections of the gums, especially when combined with other healing oils like coconut oil or peppermint oil.