Witch Hazel

Food and Recipe — By on August 6, 2013 10:06 PM

witch hazel

I hear about this plant all the time.  That it has so many benefits and reasons to use it but I can’t remember a single one of them and, as I would imagine I am like most people regarding witch hazel, never use it!

I happened to come across an informative article about witch hazel that I thought I would share.  It was in the July/August 2013 issue of Mother Earth Living.

Did anyone know that it is native to the eastern North American woodlands?  In November, when the trees have lost their leaves, witch hazel bursts into bloom.  The pale yellow flowers last well into December.

The bark, leaves and twigs of the witch hazel tree hold tannins that are natural astringents that help a variety of skin conditions.

There is a way you can prepare witch hazel at home if you don’t want to buy a bottle of it in the store.  You would need to soak the plant parts in water.  You will then need to distill the mixture- usually with alcohol.  I have included a recipe I found online if anyone is interested in trying it themselves.  PLEASE comment on this post if you try it and let me know how it turns out.

http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2012/04/how-to-make-witch-hazel-astringent/

9 USES FOR WITCH HAZEL AT HOME

  1. Deodorant:  Pour witch hazel onto a cotton pad and dab under arms- let dry before dressing!
  2. Insect Bites:  Just hold a soaked cotton ball on affected area.
  3. Sunburns:  It can provide sunburn relief and help prevent skin from flaking.
  4. Puffy Eyes: (Lord knows I have this some mornings from allergies!) Witch hazel helps tighten and refresh the eyes.  Lay cotton balls on your puffy eyes for 15 minutes while you relax.
  5. Toner:  Helps to tone skin and tighten pours.  To make toner add equal parts distilled water and witch hazel along with a few drops of tea tree oil.
  6. Acne:  It removes dirt and oil without drying the skin.  Treat blemishes with a cotton ball soaked in the solution.
  7. Blisters:  It can help dry blisters.  Soak then cover with a bandage.
  8. Minor Cuts:  Witch hazel is also known as “nature’s neosporin.”  It is a natural antibacterial.
  9. Psoriasis:  Use the witch hazel cream version that you can find in a health food store or Whole Foods and apply to affected area.

Well that’s all I got but I plan on buying a bottle and keeping it around for some of these uses.  I will let you know how it goes.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Jen Robinson says:

    I use witch hazel as a facial cleanser. It is great for getting oil and hidden dirt out of your skin pores, and does not dry out skin, as rubbing alcohol does.

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