Witch Hazel is one of the most popular herbs. On this short guide, you will find information about this plant and ideas about how to use it.
Witch Hazel, Latin name Hamamelis virginiana L.
Parts Used: Twig, leaf.
Active ingredients: Tannins (hamamelitannins); flavonoids (quercetin, kaempferol, astragalin, myricitrin); volatile oil; saponins; resin.
Actions: Astringent, anti-inflammatory
It is one of the best, well-known astringents for external use.
As with all astringents, witch hazel may be applied in all cases of bleeding, internal and external.
It is especially valuable for easing symptoms of haemorrhoids and for the treatment of bruises, inflamed swellings, and varicose veins.
Safety Considerations: no side effects or drug contraindications have been reported but in case you are taking medications, consult with your doctor to check for any contraindications, for skin applications test a small amount first on the back of your hand.
Witch hazel is mostly recommended for its topical use.
For the face may help with acne and oily skin, puffy eyes, and sunburn;
For the body, witch hazel may help to lessen varicose veins and haemorrhoids.
Use as a Facial Toner:
Spray or apply with a cotton pad on the face and neck after cleaning.
Then apply your cream or facial oil.