Witch Hazel is one of the world’s oldest skin remedies, found in medical literature for centuries. The medicinal value of Witch Hazel come from the natural astringent properties found in tannins in its bark and leaves. These help to calm conditions such as cuts, scrapes, psoriasis and acne.
Witch Hazel is grown for the clumps of bright yellow to reddish-orange flowers which begin to expand in the Fall, slightly before the leaves fall, and continue throughout the winter.
You can buy Witch Hazel as a clear distillate in most drugstores or you can make your own by simmering leaves, twigs and stems for 8 hours. After letting the water cool, strain it through cheesecloth into a jar and keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. Whichever you choose it provides a myriad of natural benefits:
- Skin Toner – The tannins in Witch Hazel help tighten pores and leaves the skin cool and refreshed.
- Treat Blisters – When you burn your hand and expect a blister, you can preclude its development by applying a cotton pad soaked in Witch Hazel.
- Natural Deodorant – Seeking an alternative to commercial deodorants which contain aluminum? Dab Witch Hazel under arms and let dry before dressing. Mixing in a few drops of Lavender oil will improve effectiveness.
- Cuts & Scrapes – Sometimes referred to as “nature’s Neosporin”, Witch Hazel has disinfectant properties. It is naturally anti-bacterial and helps healing begin.
- Eye Lift – We all sometimes suffer from tired, puffy eyes and accompanying dark circles. Instead of expensive creams , lay cotton balls infused with Witch Hazel on eyelids for 15 minutes for amazing relief.
- Insect bites – Once again the astringent properties of Witch Hazel help to remove the itch of insect bites. Soak a cotton ball and leave it on the bite for at least 5 minutes.
We are big believers in nature-based skincare to feed, nourish and heal the skin. Empty your medicine cabinet of chemicals and keep a bottle of Witch Hazel on hand!.