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I tend to bruise quite easily. I always have as far back as I can remember and so witch hazel is a product that I like to have at home for the moments when I get a particularly bad one. I have bought various bottles from places over the years and I don't stick to just one brand as I tend to think with a product such as this that they are much the same inside the bottle. My latest bottle is one from the local chemist which comes from the care brand and which cost me just a couple of pounds from memory.
Witch hazel actually has a good few functions and I have used it for a couple of them. I mainly use it with bruising because as I said I do tend to bruise quite easily. I find that it is easiest to apply with a cotton wool ball and just to hold the cotton wool to the bottle and then tip it up to get some of the witch hazel on the cotton wool before applying it to the bruised area. The witch hazel always feels really cold when you apply it to the skin and it is initially a bit shocking but your skin does soon get used to it and then it becomes quite soothing. I do find that the product seems to help reduce the swelling in a bad bruise and I do think that they seem to heal a bit quicker than the bruises where I don't use it do.
Although I use this primarily on my own bruises of course having a child in the house I do find that sometimes my son gets some bumps and bruises where it is useful to apply this to him. He is quite soft when it comes to things like this but he doesn't mind when I apply the witch hazel and I think he quite likes the soothing affect.
When I was younger my Dad suffered quite badly from acne and whilst I didn't have it to the same extent I used to get the odd teenage break out and will still sometimes end up with spots that make me think my skin still thinks I am a teenager! I was never allowed expensive potions for my skin when I was younger and so my Mum told me I could use witch hazel to calm down the redness of the spots and it really did work. If I do get a particularly nasty spot which flares up quite angry I will head for the witch hazel and again apply with a cotton wool pad and the redness seems to subside. I know people can also use this as a toner on their skin instead of expensive brands but for me personally I found it was a little drying on my skin unfortunately and the smell is pretty strong so that put me off too.
I would absolutely recommend having a bottle of witch hazel in your home. It comes in handy for various things and it lasts very well. It is only a couple of pounds for a bottle and is suitable for a good range of things.
Thank you for reading my review!
I may be in my twenties but I still get bad skin though I don't suffer with eczema as much as I did when I was a teenager when I had horrible dry cracked skin on my chest and arms. I tried lots of different products and so-called 'miracle cures' but the only thing that offered me some relief from a ridiculous amount of itching and scarring was a remedy my grandmother taught me.
This remedy was witch hazel. I had no idea what witch hazel was or if my grandma was going pagan on me But witch hazel has nothing to do with witches or even hazels (whatever they are). Witch hazel is a kind of plant and the extracts of the leaves and bark create a clear strong-smelling liquid. Despite the smell the witch hazel doesn't sting unless you get it in your eye or perhaps a very recent open wound.
Witch hazel is an astringent which means it makes a good toner and make-up remover because it can cut through oils and tighten pores. It can be used on sunburns or swellings such as sports injuries and bruising as well though I've never tried it on a bruise. Apparently it is also used in the treatment of piles though thankfully I've never had any experience of that!!
Anyway it helped take the redness out of my eczema and stops it itching though it didn't heal it all straight away it does really help when I have a flare up (thankfully pretty rare these days).
I would go so far to say it is safe for most people to use but I guess you should see your doctor first. It is really cheap for how effective and how many uses it has and you can get it from any pharmacy for a few quid.
As well as being a common garden plant Witch Hazel is also a natural remedy for a number of ailments and is a most useful addition to any medicine cabinet or box. A native plant of North America and whilst many people are familiar with witch hazel due to some of health benefits and especially as an astringent. Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana is a large shrub and is particularly useful in the garden as it is a late flowering shrub that adds winter interest and can look especially stunning against a snowy backdrop. The yellow flowers are spidery in appearance and the bark turns yellow in the winter as well giving this draught (ha ha! winter 2013/14) resistant shrub that grows up to around 3.8m added winter appeal.
However, this review is about the "nectar" from the plant rather than the plant itself and the Witch Hazel we use is distilled from a mixture of dried healthy leaves and twigs from the tree.
The tree owes its generic name to olde English with the "Witch" part of the name coming from Wych meaning to bend. The thin branches from the Witch Hazel are used in dowsing and therefore "bend" to the ley lines or the article of divination.
Probably the most common uses of the distilled Witch Hazel are as an aid to healing bruises and mild swellings as well as an astringent in beauty products.
For bruising where the skin is unbroken the liquid can be gently wiped onto the area or better still applied onto lint and bandaged. Personally, I have always reapplied about 3 times a day for the first couple of days and then maybe morning and evening for a couple more days.
As an astringent the distilled Witch Hazel is best diluted further 50/50 with cooled boiled water and stored in a dark jar in a cool place and used within a week after mixing. Gently rub over the face and neck with a cotton wool ball.
The alternative uses however are many and personally my main use of Witch Hazel is for the relief of sore shines in both humans and equines. The astringent, gentle healing properties of the liquid are wonderfully soothing when placed onto the shins after running and jumping on hard ground and I always use it for 3 or 4 days to help soothe the shins and repair the damage.
Some (Other) Uses:
A natural treatment to help relieve and even prevent spots: Simply dab on once applied to a cotton wool ball. Witch Hazel is widely used in commercial spot treatment preparations, so buy the natural generic product and save money and avoid using all those nasty chemicals.
Soothe Varicose Veins:
Painful and swollen varicose veins are soothed by the gentle healing the same way as sore shins and bruises are. However, I apply it on thin lint and then bandage for about 3 hours using Vetwrap (a self cling stretchy bandage). The Witch Hazel works by soothing and tightening the vein through its gentle astringent action, thus reducing itching and swelling.
Mix about a dessertspoonful of Witch Hazel with a maximum of half a teaspoon or a few drops if you have a bought in version with a dropper of Peppermint Oil with a tablespoon of the cooled water from a Rosemary infusion and use as a easy cleansing home-made mouth wash.
Simply add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of salt to the mouthwash recipe and gargle away to soothe inflamed tonsils and sore throats.
Witch Hazel works as a wonderful freshener for trainers and shoes, simply apply with a cloth and leave to air dry.
Witch Hazel is not a disinfectant, it is though anti-inflammatory an antioxidant and natural antibacterial and anti-microbial. Therefore, in the absence of the "real" thing it can be used for almost any purpose as a stop gap. Generally it is not recommended for use where the skin is broken. However useful wherever a cleaning solution is required.
Around the Stable Yard:
A wonderful treatment for sore shins see above and very useful for treating bites and stings. Can also be used as a sheath wash by mixing about a tablespoon with a litre of warm water. A wonderful soothing balm after a fall to help soothe and heal bruising. Can also be used in cold water bandaging to help soothe and relieve the symptoms of tendon problems. Just sprinkle some onto the wrapping immediately prior to application.
As well as the branches been long used in divination the tree has a long and positive association with man. A staple of Native American medicine for treating bruises, bleeding, snake bites and so on. Today Witch Hazel is used in many cosmetic, cleansing, medical and cleaning products. There is no secret or magic or hokery pokery. It is a good natural product that has stood the test of time.
Please note the suggestions here are from personal use and experience - please DO NOT hesitate to seek medical advice if you have any worrying symptoms that might need medical treatment.
Price and Availability:
Widely available from independent chemists, Boots and health food shops. Prices seem to be around £1.79 for a 200ml dark glass bottle of pure distilled Witch Hazel. Bargain!
A must have in my household and car first aid kit. Can also be bought as a lotion, but this is not the pure item. Do think carefully if tempted to buy a larger plastic container as Witch Hazel needs to be stored in a dark place and the dark coloured glass bottles help with that storage necessity. It will not go off as such, but lose its potency. I used to get through a lot of this when I had horses and it has to be an essential item in any tack room kit.
PS It has nothing to do with the traditional hazelnut tree.
property of LynP 2014
I always have a bottle of Witch Hazel in my medicine cabinet, having four children I've known of it's amazing anti-bruise properties for years but have recently discovered a few more uses which makes it even more indispensable. It doesn't actually prevent a bruise from coming out if your child (or you!) fall over and hurt themselves, but regular application with a cotton wall ball can make a bruise faster to heal; obviously there's no way of knowing if this actually works as who knows how long the bruise would have taken on its own, but after giving my shin a hell of a bang last week I can say using Witch Hazel on it definitely soothed the ache of the bruise and studying the area today I'm pretty sure without the Witch Hazel it would still be black and blue - whereas now it's more an unattractive yellow-brown shade...
My seventeen year old has had her hours cut at work over the past few weeks and her addiction to skincare products has had to be curtailed slightly, she heard about Witch Hazel being a good alternative to spot cream and switched from her usual £14 spot cream to this much cheaper version with reasonably good results. Her typical teenage spots aren't as bad as she thinks they are and I've always thought it was overkill for her to be spending so much money on lotions and potions for them; while we've noticed Witch Hazel isn't particularly reducing the size of the spots any quicker, any redness is reduced (smited completely a lot of the time) and that's the main thing really as a spot is far less noticeable when it's normal skin coloured instead of being inflamed!
Witch Hazel is really cheap to buy, it's often found in Poundland but even in the chemist or supermarket you'll usually pay less than £2 for a 200ml bottle. The one I'm using at the moment is made by a company called 'Caring For You' and I bought it from a small discount store nearby, it's exactly the same as the previous Witch Hazel which I purchased from Sainsburys and in turn that was exactly the same as the previous bottle that came from Boots. They all smell the same (highly pungent but very soothing) and feel the same (like especially 'wet' water) so I tend to grab a bottle whenever I see it rather than look out for specific brands, as with anything health related you'll find specialised stores selling versions at a higher cost but personally I don't need to buy these as I'm happy enough with the standard cheap version.
For most things Witch Hazel is used neat and dabbed onto the area where needed using cotton wool, for certain ailments you should combine it with one ingredient or another to form a paste but I've never had to do this myself - when a friend of mine had a bad case of piles during a pregnancy she made a preparation using Witch Hazel which apparently really helped her, another friend uses it as a daily toner and swears this little £1 bottle does exactly the same job as her previous Lancôme toner.
I can't recommend Witch Hazel highly enough, it's one of those products which you really should keep in the bathroom but remember it's not only for emergencies as there are so many other uses for it.
I have always had Witch Doctor in the house. When I was little if I had a bite or a sting my Mum would always give me a little bit of Witch Doctor gel to put on it and it would soothe it right away so because of that I've always made sure I've had some in the house incase we need it.
You can buy Witch Doctor in various forms but we always have gels so it can be applied easily. The one I have is about £4 for a 35gram tube and it's worth every penny. It lasts a long time too, I'm not sure if it has a 'throw away date' on it as we always just keep using it and it still works.
Witch Doctor helps to soothe irritated skin and helps to prevent infection. The one that I has contains: Ethanol, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Disodium Edetate, Menthol, Lauric Acid Diethanolamide, E142, Witch Hazel Essence. so it isn't stuffed full of ingredients, it makes a change to see a health product that contains less than 20 ingredients. It has 81.5% w/w gel which is apparently a high quantity so you can expect good results.
It comes in a squeezy tube that can stand on it's lid which helps for when it is beginning to run out as it's easier to dispense. The lid is a screw cap and easy enough to put on and off. The gel is quite thick but it comes out of the hole quite easily with a little squeeze. It has a slight smell, I can't quite place it but it's a little bit medicinal but not too strong.
The effect of applying this is instant. My daughter suffers from eczema and sometimes I use this to help soothe her itching and she says it helps right away. Some other medicines sting when you first put them on her but this doesn't and we do find that it does help to stop the itching although it doesn't clear up the eczema properly. I used this this evening when I hurt my toe, I don't really know what I did to it but the result was that my toe has felt like it's burning so I put some of this on and it's cooled it down right away and it now is much more comfortable.
You can use this to help with lots of skin conditions like bites, bruises, burns, irritations and others. It really helps to cool it down and take away itching. I used to find it a God send when I was little and I would get insect bites, it really does help.
This is a medicine cabinet must have, highly recommend.
I think most of us would recognise the unique scent of witch hazel. It reminds me of childhood and especially of my grandparents who had all sorts of interesting bottles in their bathroom containing remedies and potions which as a child I found fascinating.
Witch hazel is native to North America and has attractive oval leaves. The flowers are bright yellow and spindly like a drunken spider, these then turn into seed pods containing two black seeds apiece.
Witch hazel (also known as Hamamelis water) is produced from a mixture of the leaves and twigs of this tree. The parts collected are dried and used in tinctures when blended with alcohol or steamed to get distilled witch hazel. It has many medicinal and healing properties. The name Witch Hazel is somewhat misleading as it has nothing to do with the hazelnut tree that we are all familiar with in the UK, nor has it much to do with witches (technically - although this plant can be used in water magic). The name "Witch" is derived from the Old English word "wych," which translates as "bend". The tree has bendy branches that can be used for dowsing, either in regards to finding water or for divination.
Traditionally this tree has been used by Native Americans to stop bleeding and to aid skin conditions such as bites, dry skin, and also for eye irritation. Indeed Optrex eye wash used to contain a large amount of witch hazel and I believe still does. The tree is also known as "snapping hazelnut" and more appealingly "water witch".
The main properties of this wonderful tree product are its anti-inflammatory actions but it is also an antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-microbial. It is an excellent astringent and can be used as the base for many home remedies. I will include some at the bottom of the review to avoid clutter.
Bruising and inflammation:
Witch hazel has a long history of being an excellent remedy for bruises and swelling from injuries. It is usually applied to lint or a cloth and held onto the part of the body that is injured. Topical use of witch hazel reduces bruising and soreness efficiently. It stings on broken skin though! I have used this on my daughter when she has fallen over (a lot as she is a right rowdy hooligan when outside) and it cools and helps with bruise pain.
Spots and sores:
Because it reduces inflammation and is astringent, witch hazel is great for spots! Apply it neat to the spot and it will dry it out. Many of the products available for spots contain witch hazel for this reason but this is a far cheaper way to use it. Use cotton wool or a cotton bud to apply it and do this a few times a day. I rarely get spots but I have used it as a toner for my face and on any bites that I have had in the summer from mosquitoes.
Pain and swelling in varicose veins is assisted by applying a compress of neat witch hazel. The astringent action helps to tighten the vein and reduce the itching and swelling. I have not used it for this as luckily I do not have any (yet).
When mixed with aloe and honey, witch hazel helps the itching of chicken pox blisters and reduce scarring. My groovy Grandmother knocked something similar to this up for my Mum and Aunt when they were kids. Recipe for this is at the bottom of the review.
There are so many things that this liquid can help with that I consider it to be a household essential. One of the reasons I am reviewing some of the "older" home-style remedies on here is because I feel that we are losing these amongst the glut of mass produced chemical filled consumer products available to us and that makes me sad. This is such a cheap and basic product that like Epsom salts, vinegar and bicarb has so many uses around the home. Here are a few more things that witch hazel can be useful for:
Bruising and sprains, tired or itchy eyes, reduction of pores on the face- it is a great toner, helps with razor burn, reduces the soreness of sunburn, helps with insect bites and stings, assists dry skin when used straight after showering/bathing, topical use helps cuts and sores heal by cleaning the cut and preventing infection. Witch hazel can also be used to make a natural and effective deoderant.
Side effects from witch hazel use are rare but if you do have any then use water to wash the area. I have never had this happen though and I have used this on my daughter too, even when she was tiny.
Witch hazel has been used to control bleeding and excessive mucous discharge from the alimentary canal. It may be applied topically for haemorrhoids and local inflammation and swellings.
Witch Hazel is available to buy all over the internet usually for a couple of quid. On Amazon is costs £3.49 for 200ml with free postage but it is available cheaper than this if you shop around.
Disclaimer: If you have symptoms that will not go away or are serious you must see a Dr.
These recipes are for basic home health not for serious illness.
Chicken pox topical recipe:
One large leaf of aloe vera cactus ( aloe plants are easy to find in garden centres)
One tablespoon manuka honey
30 drops pure essential oil of lavender
15 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops bergamot essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
Remove the gel from the aloe leaf with a knife (Don't be alarmed that it looks like snot!) and add the oils and honey. Mix it all up into a paste and then stir in 100ml of distilled witch hazel. Put it in a clean jar and keep it in the fridge. This can be used topically on the blisters to assist with the healing and reduce the annoying itching.
Natural sore throat remedy and teething remedy:
Witch hazel is great for the pain caused by laryngitis, tonsillitis and sore throats from colds etc. It is best that you make this remedy from a tea made from witch hazel leaves which can be bought online from herbalists or natural remedy suppliers. Make the tea strong and add a drop of myrrh essential oil and a drop of clove oil. Gargle with this three times a day. This can also be rubbed on the gums of teething babies.
Natural mouthwash recipe:
I have used this and it is lovely although tastes a bit strange initially. This is my own recipe.
100ml pure witch hazel
10 drops pure essential oil of tea tree
5 drops pure essential oil of lavender
10 drops pure essential oil of peppermint
Tablespoon of fennel seed
Teaspoon of caraway seed
Shove the dry ingredients into a bottle and pour the vodka on top. Shake it up twice a day for a week. The mixture can then be strained and bottled. It will keep indefinitely.
I hope that this has been helpful and makes you consider using this age old remedy, these things should not die out or be replaced by more toxic substitutes.
I have suffered from spots for as long as I can remember, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if I'd been born with a spot on my chin. They really are the bain of my life and I have literally tried everything to get rid of them. Now I'm on prescribed medicine from the doctor which keeps them in check more than anything else but still doesn't completely prevent them.
About a year ago, my skin was particularly bad and I must have tried about 10 different over the counter products, that to be honest were probably making the problem worse. After breaking down in tears to my mum as I felt so self conscious, she suggested that I take a more simple path and try something that was a bit more natural. She told me that a lady at her work swore by using witch hazel on spots and as I'd seen that this was often an ingredient in spot creams I decided I'd give it a go, after all I didn't really have anything to lose!
I purchased some distilled Witch Hazel from Boots and dabbed it on the worst of the spots before I went to bed. In the morning when I woke up, expecting to see miraculous results, nothing much had changed and my frustration got deeper. My mum told me to persevere however and, reluctantly, I carried on applying it at night after cleansing my face. After about 4 days of doing this, I suddenly noticed that the worst of my spots had faded and my skin really did look better.
As time has gone on although the Witch Hazel does work, I've had to resort to the prescribed medication to keep my skin in better condition overall but I still keep the Witch Hazel and know that if I get a massive spot, applying this will reduce it much more quickly than over the counter spot treatments.
I can't remember exactly how much I paid at the time for my distilled Witch hazel but at the moment in Boots it costs just £2.39 for a 200ml bottle which is cheaper than a lot of spot treatments and definitely worth a go if you suffer as I do.
When writing this review, I decided to do a bit of research on Witch Hazel and found many more uses for it than I first thought. Witch Hazel is actually an extract from the bark and leaves of a Tree that grows in the USA and can have the following uses:
Bruises: like many other natural extracts such as Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel can be used to treat bruises, taking away the pain and reducing their colour
Remove excess oil: If you suffer from oily skin, Witch Hazel can be used to treat this and take away that annoying shine.
Treat Sore throats: Acting as an anti-inflammatory, many people recommend gargling with a cocktail of witch hazel and other natural products to relieve sore throats.
Minor injuries and aches: Minor sprains and aching limbs can be treated with a rubbing of Witch Hazel to help relieve pain.
So overall, Witch Hazel is a very powerful ingredient in treating many ailments. At such a cheap price, it's definitely worth giving this extract a try!
Witch hazel comes from a shrub which flowers and fruits all at the same time which is how we can be sure it is a shrub not a tree despite its tall size.
Witch hazel has many uses and you may already be using products that contain it without even realising, its bark and leaves have an astringent property so is good for cleaning your skin with, you will find it in after shaves, in treatments for bringing out and reducing bruising and in antiseptic healing creams. The witch hazel helps to contract blood vessels back down to normal size which is why it is good for bruising and also why it is a main ingredient in a lot of hemaroid creams.
As with many plants there are many benefits to this plant and lots of uses.
Witch hazel is a clear liquid available from most chemists for around £1.50 a bottle, it is really good for using to treat acne and for cleaning your face with if you have problem skin like mine, I have also brought it in a more solid stick form to use as an antiseptic as it is great for this aswell.
I have used witch hazel for my face to reduce my spots and whilst I don't think it actually stopped me getting any more spots than I usually do it takes away the redness and inflammation of them which stops them looking so unsightly and speeds up the healing process by killing the infection, I have used it on minor buns and whilst I wouldn't go as far to say that it is as good as aloe Vera it comes a close second in speeding up the healing time and reducing scaring, I have also used it on my skin when I have a bad flare up of dermatitis that has cracked as it soothes the itching, stops the sin being so tight and protects from infection.
There are a whole lot of other things that witch hazel is useful for but I have never tried these include reducing varicose veins, helping with teething and gum problems, treating dandruff and stomach issues like colitis.
As with most products it does say to consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding but I have never had any problems using it externally whilst pregnant. This is such a cheap and handy bottle to have around and has so many uses I think every home should have one
I think it is a pretty safe bet that as children we all remember Witch Hazel being in the bathroom cabinet and the moment we fell over out it would come. It would be put on bruises, grazes the full gambit of childhood knocks and bruises. But I have found a new use and it works like a dream. For some reason once I hit my 50's I found that my feet were dreadfully irritable and hot when I went to bed, so much so that it would keep me awake. Then I thought back to the childhood days and remembered how cooling Whitch Hazel was and so bought the largest bottle I could and decanted it into an old spay bottle. Now every night I spray my feet with Which Hazel and no more irritation and no more hot feet. The only problem I had was finding somewhere that sold it, I think it is because it is so cheap that there is little profit in selling it. But it is back in my bathroom cabinet.
The unique smell of witch hazel is one of the pervading memories of my childhood. I remember we always kept a bottle or two in the bathroom cabinet because its soothing properties were often called upon. I loathed the smell of it back then and I don't enjoy it much more now, but there is no doubting its effectiveness in a variety of situations.
The buds from the witch hazel plant are brown, with unfurling yellow petals that resemble pencil shavings. The north American species is sometimes referred to as Winterbloom. The leaves and bark of the plant are astringent, and while most often seen as a liquid, witch hazel takes a variety of manifestations from aftershaves to body lotions.
Witch hazel is most often used to alleviate swelling, bruising, itching and redness of the skin. Additionally, it is also used in the treatment of acne. It can be used as a cleanser, and it tightens pores. In liquid form it is cool and soothing, and works immediately. It can be applied directly to the skin with cotton wool.
A 200ml bottle of distilled witch hazel is avialble from the following sources:
£1.53 from directchemist.com
£2.09 from lloydspharmacy.com
£2.39 from boots.com
Whenever I have had cause to use witch hazel I have always found it to be a gentle remedy that can be relied upon to treat minor ailments. It is particularly effective against bruising, as it sooths the affected area and also, if applied soon after a knock, can help prevent bruises appearing. The pungent aroma of distilled witch hazel can put many people off using it, and while it is true that this smell is unique, the healing properties of the plant far outweigh this minor drawback. You never know, you might even like it.
Witch Hazel is extracted from a plant and is used in a wide variety of products today. Personally, the first time I used witch hazel it was part of the 'Witch' cosmetic cleansing range, and I found that it was particularly good at cleaning my face, helping to remove makeup and excess oils, and dabbing on spots and blemishes. Aside from being an active ingredient in many cleansing products though, you can buy witch hazel lotion on it's own, which is cheaper than a combined product and which works as an anti-inflammatory on spots to stop the bacteria within them spreading.
In addition to cleansing purposes, I have found distilled witch hazel, which only usually costs around £2 a big bottle, to be great on insect bites (to reduce swelling), sunburn (to reduce redness and cool the skin) and minor wounds, where witch hazel will help to disinfect the affected area, helping to keep it clean and stop infection spreading.
I think with it's uses for cleansing, disinfecting, pain relieving - both on actual cuts and on muscular aches and pains - and anti-inflammatory properties, that natural witch hazel is one of nature's great multi-purpose healing products. We always have a bottle of distilled witch hazel on hand in the bathroom cabinet in case of emergencies or everyday minor usage.
Bottles of distilled Witch hazel are very useful, and can be bought from chemists and even some supermarkets, so it's readily available. With it's wide range of uses it can be invaluable. So whether it's spots that you're wanting to disappear, or muscular pain that you're wanting to ease with a witch hazel soaked cloth, this natural remedy is a very handy product to have in the house, and I can highly recommend it.
Witch hazel is a multi purpose hebal remedy that everyone should have in their first aid box. I won't bore you with telling you how and where it grows or how the witch hazel lotion is extracted from the plant as I seriously doubt anyone reading this will be going out to find some so instead I will tell you about the different uses and preparations for witch hazel.
Probably the most common use for witch hazel is as a cosmetic astringent to tighten pores and remove excess oils from the skin. Witch hazel is used in many creams and lotions that claim to help prevent spots and clear them up but in my opinion the majority of these creams and lotions are a waste of money as they can be quite expensive and it is usually cheaper and more beneficial for your skin to just buy a bottle of pure witch hazel lotion instead. Not only can you use it for your face but then you will also get the benefit of using it on other areas as well.
To use on the face all you have to do is wash your face, dry it and then pour some witch hazel onto a cotton wool ball and swipe over your skin. This will not only clean out your pores but also close them making it more difficult for dirt to become trapped in them. As it is also a powerful anti inflammatory it will also help with existing spots by calming down the redness and stopping the infection from spreading.
Now to the other purposes I mentioned. Witch hazel can also be used to help cool and heal sunburnt skin, insect bites, inflammation of the skin and can even be used on eczema. If you suffer a cut, graze or burn then applying witch hazel will not only help relieve the pain it will also help to disinfect the area. It really does help to cool the area and take the sting away when I apply it to any cuts I get.
It is supposed to be especially effective in helping to heal bruises and muscle ache. I'm unsure how effective it is in helping bruises as I think theses just need time to heal on their own but I can vouch for its effectiveness in relieving muscle ache. Just soak a cloth in witch hazel and apply to the muscle and it really does help with the pain and also makes it feel loose again.
My aunt who suffers from arthritis swears by witch hazel as a preventative when she feels her joints swelling. She says that when she feels her joints begin to swell she applies a cloth soaked in witch hazel to the joint and it helps bring the swelling down and if she does it quick enough it actually prevents an attack.
I'm a big believer in using herbal remedies as there is a reason they have been used for thousands of years and they are normally significantly cheaper than buying lots of different products. In my opinion witch hazel has to be one of the best due to its versatility and use as a disinfectant and its anti inflammatory properties.
You can buy several different preparations of witch hazel from gels to lotions and lots of products contain it as an ingredient but in my opinion for the best results you are better to buy a big bottle of distilled witch hazel which can be found or less than a couple of quid. No bathroom cabinet should be without it!
Witch Hazel is a product that my mom always had in the medicine cupboard at home. If we fel over, or had an accident, she would take out the bottle, apply some liquid to a piece of cotton wool, and dab it on the affected area to soothe the bruising. This action always had the psychological benefit of calming me down completely, and now I have a family of my own, a bottle of Witch Hazel in the medicine cupboard cannot be a bad thing.
The product is made from the leaves and bark of the Witch Hazel shrub. This product has been used for years, having first been used by the Native Americans, who boiled the shrub and distilled the steam into an astringent liquid. The product today can be bought from any pharmacy, such as Boots or Lloyds, and usually comes in a glass bottle. The liquid is clear, and has a characteristic scent, which smells clean and antispectic.
The product has many uses. It can be applied on an inflammed area to reduce swelling, as well as being applied to cuts or insect bites. It does not really sting much when applied to the skin. I have noticed that it is an ingredient in my Optrex eye drops, and certainly does a good job of keeping my eyes refreshed. The liquid is a mild astringent, and is often used in gentle beauty products for sensitive skin. You can apply it directly to your skin on a cotton wool pad, instead of your regular toner during your daily skincare routine, and Witch Hazel is very effective at preventing acne and helping eczemateous skin.
The soothing aspects of Witch Hazel also make it effective at soothing sunburn and blisters. It is even reportedly useful at treating piles, due to it's ability to shrink and contract blood vessels back to size but I have no personal experience of that! Another use is to help women who have just had a baby and are experiencing soreness and swelling in the perineum area. And as I have mentioned, it is perfect to apply to bruised areas on young children, as it is a safe, natural, mild medicine.
Another really good way of using Witch Hazel is to put it in the fridge and then dab some of the liquid on your temples when you have a headache.
A bottle of Witch Hazel costs about £2.39 for a 100ml bottle. It is a really good standby to have in the medicine cupboard or fridge as a relief for a wide variety of symptoms.
Witch Hazel is something that our grannies and great grannies before them kept in their medicine cabinets along with TCP, calamine lotion, tiger balm, cod liver oil and a few other gems of the health care world. If you had an ailment, grandma had a cure for it!
My grandma kept witch hazel to use for all sort of needs and wants. If we bruised our shins or knocked our elbows, out would come the witch hazel. If anyone had an unsightly sore or spot a quick dab of witch hazel was guaranteed to sort us out according to my grandmas wisdom. She was, in many ways right to use an old tried and tested item, as it is still used today for very similar ailments and I myself often buy it in its various forms.
In those days I most often saw witch hazel in its liquid form. It came in a plain dark brown glass bottle. The bottle wasn't fancy looking, it was very simple, understated and medicated looking. The liquid witch hazel was almost colourless but not odourless.
You had to go to the chemists at the time to get it where as today even some larger supermarkets stock it. To go with your newly purchased bottle of witch hazel you also had to buy a small bag of cotton wool. The two items together were one of the staples of your first aid kit.
Witch hazel has good astringent qualities, meaning that it is a substance that can shrink body tissues to a certain extent, though it can't shrink you down a whole dress size even if you apply it all over for a whole week! Its not meant for that purpose at all, but can be very useful if you have had a hard knock and a bump or swelling has appeared.
In those cases I like to use a witch hazel based gel to take down the swelling and then later if a bruise appears, I follow it up with some arnica cream which can help to take down the bruising, if I fell the bruise needs a little extra help to go down.
Those with skin conditions such as acne can sometimes benefit from using witch hazel if they also suffer from more oily skin. In those cases witch hazel can be used as a complimentary therapy to any treatment recommended by a GP or specialist, but you should of course seek advice before using witch hazel.
I have often used witch hazel to take the edge off of unsightly pimples or spots should I get them. A light dab of witch hazel in its liquid form with a cotton bud can be very helpful, but I more often than not use the gel in the same way. I find that the witch hazel can be just as good as a tea tree based product for ridding you of nasty blemishes and spots that arise.
You can also use witch hazel on insect bites when they first appear, although if the bite swells and becomes red, I usually follow that up later with a little hydrocortisone cream. I find using this method gives the best results for more severe bites, but witch hazel on its own will work on smaller bites and nicks to great effect.
Witch hazel is a good first aid product which can be used in a variety of ways. I really like the Boots witch hazel gel, which is a combo of witch hazel and glycerine. It comes as a lovely soothing gel and can easily be applied with a finger tip or a cotton bud as and when its needed. Last time I bought this it cost me £1.99 for a small 35g tube of gel, but as I only use a little at a time its long lasting enough.
Witch hazel can be very handy to have and ought not to be overlooked. I have found it to be very helpful for all sorts of uses, from treating minor cuts and bruises to toning the skin and clearing spots and blemishes. It works pretty well and so it gets a full 5 star rating.
Witch Hazel is a small shrub which grows from three to eight metres tall. It originates from North America , Japan and China. It grows in damp woodland throughout eastern and central US and cultivated elsewhere, it can be bought at garden centres now as it is fastly becoming a popular garden shrub. With its bright yellow flowers and colourful leaves.
It is the bark and the leaves that are used to extract the witch hazel.
Witch Hazel is used in many products from shaving creams, cosmetics, and shampoo. It can be found in lots of beauty products and can be bought on its own from health shops and chemists.
Witch hazel isn't a costly product and you can expect to pay around £2 for a small 10ml bottle of Witch hazel upwards depending on size of the bottles. it comes in many forms. Lotions, sprays, creams and gels and is such a necassary natural remedy that I wouldn't be without it in my medicine cupboard. The crams are handy to use on the face at night if you suffer from acne or dry skin. The sprays and lotions are handy to keep in your bag for an emergency, like a fall or insect bite.
Witch Hazel is astringent, anti-inflamatory, a tonic and a sedative. This is what makes it so useful as a herbal remedy as it can treat a vast amountof complains and symptoms.
The many uses for Witch hazel are :-
Diluted it can be used as a mouthwash to help get rid of mouth ulcers.
It can be used to help stop the bleeding of external haemorrhoids.
It can be put on bruises, sprains and swellings as it will take the inflamation down.
It can also be applied to insect bites if like me you are allergic to wasp stings then this is handy to carry. It will bring the swelling down quickly.
It can also be used on sunburn as it takes the heat out of the burning, so it is very useful now that we are having very hot days.
It also can be used on spots and acne as it is great for the skin.
As you can see it is a very versatile herbal remedy and can be carried around in a small bottle when you go out, as it is useful for lots of ailments. You only need a small amout to dab onto the infected area and the Witch Hazel will begin its work to relieve the symptoms.
It is safe to use on children as long as it is not given internally. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to you, as its cheap to buy and has so many uses. Why pay more for another product when this one comes in so many handy forms, from sprays to creams. It's quite a wonder herbal remedy under rated but so useful.