Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Jhoanna Robinson
Witch hazel, which has the scientific name Hamamelis virginiana, is endemic to the United States, particularly in Texas and Florida, and in Canada, particularly from Nova Scotia going west to Ontario.
American Indians used the shrub widely for its medicinal benefits. Witch hazel extract can be obtained by steaming its twigs.
Witch hazel is good for the skin. It soothes disper rashes, stretch marks, cuts, swelling, and bruises, among others. It protects the skin from infection that may be caused by wounds. It also treats acne and dry or itchy skin, and is used for removing makeup. It even cleanses oily skin.
Witch hazel is good for the hair and scalp. It gets rid of dandruff and helps de-frizz dry and frizzy hair.
Witch hazel gets rid of unattractive eye bags by tightening the skin under the eyes and reducing its bagginess. It also gets rid of eye redness. For best results, soak a clean rag with cold water and witch hazel extracts and put the compress over your closed eyes.
Witch hazel minimizes pores via daily application of its oil extracts.
Witch hazel can be used to treat cold sores and inflamed gums.
Witch hazel can be used to treat serious skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Witch hazel can lessen the presence of external hemorrhoids. For best results, combine witch hazel with petroleum jelly, aloe, or glycerine and rub it on the affected area to reduce itching. Witch hazel can also help treat varicose veins by tightening them, thus providing temporary relief.
Take witch hazel to reduce swelling brought on by a bad case of poison ivy and poison oak. Also use it, along with a combination of aloe, honey, lavender, and other essential oils, to alleviate the discomfort caused by chicken pox.
Witch hazel has antibacterial properties. It can neutralize Staphylococcus aureus and other pathogenic bacteria especially those that are said to bring about periodontal diseases such as gingivitis, dental plaque, and dental abscess.
Witch hazel has antifungal properties. It can inhibit the growth and development of Candida albicans, a type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina.
Witch hazel has antiviral properties. It stops the activities of Herpes simplex, which causes cold sores around the mouth, face, or genitals.
Witch hazel is good for the respiratory system. It can soothe sore throats and colds. For best results, gargle warm tea made out of witch hazel, myrrh, and cloves.
Witch hazel can be used as an alternative to baking soda- or magnesium-based deodorants. It also has its uses as a natural insect repellent and can be used for sunburn protection, so that there would be less healing time and skin peeling and flaking would be avoided.
However, if you are pregnant or lactating, you should think twice about using witch hazel and ask for the counsel regarding the medication from your doctor first. Also discontinue your usage if you feel symptoms of nausea, upset stomach, breathing problems, chest tightness or pain, constipation, hives, leg swelling, new rashes or irritations, or vomiting.
Witch hazel can be used to remove tick from your dog or cat’s body. It can remove stains, clean your jewelry, be used as a paint thinner, and be used as a bathroom, glass, and floor cleaner. It can even serve as a base for an air freshener mixture.
Witch hazel has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Witch hazel is good for a whole slew of skin ailments and issues.
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