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15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel
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But there are way more uses for this shrub than clearing up spotty skin. and dabbing a little witch hazel extract on my blemished skin stopped me enduring a mountain of abuse.15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 2 of 44 6 Totally Free Babysitting Alternatives Couponing: Hobby or Lifestyle? Best Money Tips: How to Ask Your Boss for a Raise Getting Your Money Back Without Losing Your Friendship Photo: Lady-bug / Flickr more I discovered witch hazel in college. (See also: The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments) To get slightly technical for a moment. witch hazel is (according to Wikipedia): Wise Bread Picks Best Online Savings Accounts Best Online Checking Accounts $0 Fee. 0% APR Balance Transfers 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . I was not exactly the owner of the clearest skin in Britain.
eugenol. The plant does not produce enough essential oil to make production viable. This plant was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians.15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 3 of 44 …an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana). bruises. and bitters. Witch hazel is mainly used externally on sores. and swelling. although I have yet to find the massively handy Witch Stick. Distilled witch hazel sold in drug stores and pharmacies typically contains no tannin. and other line of Witch products. there are various distillates of witch hazel (called hydrosols or hydrolats) that are gentler than the "drug store" witch hazel and contain alcohol. The main constituents of the extract include tannin. quercetin). essential oil (carvacrol. Canada and south to Florida. 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . however. catechins. Establishments from Rite Aid and Walgreens to Amazon carry varying products. anywhere other than in the UK. saponins. choline. The witch hazel extract was obtained by steaming the twigs of the shrub. hexenol)." Most drug stores and online pharmacies carry witch hazel in one form or another. which grows naturally from Nova Scotia west to Ontario. The essential oil of witch hazel is not sold separately as a consumer product. proanthocyanins. and Texas in the United States. gallic acid. flavonoids (kaempferol.
15 Uses for Witch Hazel 1. But when you get your hands on the mightily useful little medicinal marvel. though. what can you do with it? Here's a rundown. Application with a Witch Stick is the most convenient. 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . Some people claim daily use helps with acne. 3.15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 4 of 44 (You can find some here. and I'm sure many of you have already used a witch hazel product in one form or another. The big one: Spot and blemish control Witch hazel can reduce the inflammation on a pimple. 2. Shrink bags under the eyes Some people say that the application of hemorrhoid cream to those little baggies under your eyes can take them away. and witch hazel can be found in many over-the-counter treatments. but be prepared to pay some steep shipping). so put it on the top of your next shopping list. but you can dab it on with a cotton ball. It's very useful. Soothe and heal diaper rash If your baby's rash isn't healing quick enough. apply witch hazel solution (Dickinson's is good) with a cotton ball and you should see immediate improvement to your baby's bottom. Ask your pharmacist before you do this. It's not an old wives' tale. as you'll realize when you skip down the page.
honey. glycerine or petroleum jelly and rub it on external hemorrhoids. relieving the discomfort temporarily. Soothe and reduce external hemorrhoids Not only does witch hazel tighten skin. And that leads nicely to… 4. Varicose vein relief Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs. Treat chicken pox blisters A combination of aloe. you will reduce itching significantly and dry up most bleeding. the witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling. By combining witch hazel with aloe. 7. which helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins. Soothe poison ivy and poison oak Just like acne and blemishes. to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. 5. 6. which are propped straight out. Here's what to do: 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . Something definitely worth packing on your next camping trip.15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 5 of 44 One of the magic ingredients in a product like Preparation H is witch hazel. lavender and other essential oils create a spray that will vastly reduce the discomfort of chicken pox blisters. it's also a good anti-itch remedy. And it's all-natural.
Apply before or after shaving. and 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel and mix again. 40 drops lavender essential oil. 5 drops peppermint essential oil. A more potent and less unsightly way to treat the chicken pox than traditional calamine lotion. But as sunburn is also a type of skin inflammation. too). a thrice-daily dab of witch hazel can help speed up the healing time of the bruise. Pour mixture into spray bottle and use on affected areas (avoiding eyes).15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 6 of 44 Mix together 1 tablespoon honey. 8. prevent it) The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop itchy bumps from forming up around your irritated hair follicles. Treat and soothe a nasty sunburn Healing damaged skin is one of witch hazel's specialties. witch hazel is ideal for treating this 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . Heal your bruises faster Been in a fight recently? Well. But if you bang your leg or arm and are left with a nasty bruise. 10. 15 drops lemon essential oil. 9. 15 drops bergamot essential oil. maybe not. 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel. Once completely mixed. Soothe razor burn (and in some instances. it should certainly have an impact on your itchy red skin (and that includes ladies.
Treat dry skin By applying witch hazel immediately after showering. 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . protects against infection. Applying a dab of it will cleanse the cut. Just dab a little on the affected area.15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 7 of 44 too (despite swelling not being obvious). 13. this can get you back to normal quickly. your eyes should be refreshed. witch hazel is ideal for treating bug bites. 12. If you've been doing a lot of crying. After 10 minutes. 14. and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks. but by soaking a clean rag in witch hazel and cold water and placing the cold compress over your closed eyes. Use to heal and soothe various cuts and bruises Many chemists and pharmacists refer to witch hazel as nature's answer to Neosporin. you are locking in the moisture that has just soaked into your skin. Take the bite out of bug bites With its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties. and any redness should be gone. Refresh tired eyes NOT by squirting witch hazel in them. 11. Treating sunburn with witch hazel will lessen healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking.
Pour the witch hazel into the bottle. Make your own deodorant Witch hazel is often used in deodorants due to its natural skin-healing and skin-care properties. Ingredients 1 tsp high proof vodka 10 drops geranium 10 drops cypress 8 drops bergamot 5 drops neroli 4 drops lavender 3 drops black pepper 4 tb sp (40 ml) witch hazel 2 tb sp (25 ml) cornflower water 2 tb sp (25 ml) orange flower water 1.15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 8 of 44 15. Here is a home-made recipe you may want to try. Carefully add the essential oils. using a funnel if necessary. 2. Measure the vodka into a 4 oz (100 ml) glass bottle with a spray attachment. one by one. 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . 4. Shake vigorously to dissolve the essential oils. 3.
like women who are pregnant or breast feeding. Shake well. hives. 6. Label the bottle and the deodorant is now ready to use. but some will.5 (211 votes) Your rating: None 5/14/2013 1:01 AM . let your doctor know if you experience leg swelling. Most people who use witch hazel will not experience these adverse side effects. Note As with many herbal remedies. new rashes or irritations. Multi-Purpose Beauty Products Don’t Waste Your Money on Homeopathic “Remedies” Average: 4. give the bottle a good shake to ensure the essential oils are fully dispersed. When using witch hazel. so notify a health official if any problems are noticed. Read More 4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents 19 Money-Saving Uses for Mouthwash Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom 25 Cheap. 5. certain people.15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel | Wise Bread 9 of 44 followed by the two flower waters. chest tightness or pain. breathing problems. upset stomach. Before you use the deodorant each time. vomiting or constipation. nausea. should talk to their physician before using witch hazel.
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