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Witch Hazel (hamamelis)

Witch Hazel (hamamelis)

Witch hazel is an herbal remedy derived from the leaves, bark, and twigs of the witch hazel plant. It possesses anti-septic and anti-irritant properties which removes excess oils from the skin, cleaning pores and removing any trapped dirt. Here are some potential benefits and historical uses of witch hazel:

  1. Skincare: Witch hazel has astringent properties, which can help to tighten and tone the skin. It reduces inflammation, decreases oil and redness, and lessens bacteria growth on the skin while speeding up the healing of scars, scabs, and infections.  It is often used in skincare products such as toners and cleansers.

  2. Anti-inflammatory properties: Witch hazel may have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body.

  3. Digestive health: Witch hazel may help to reduce inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, making it useful for treating conditions such as diarrhea and colitis.

  4. Wound healing: Witch hazel may help to promote wound healing by reducing inflammation and infection and promoting the growth of new tissue.

  5. Oral health: Witch hazel may help to promote oral health by reducing inflammation and bleeding gums.

Historically, witch hazel was used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes, including the treatment of skin irritations, inflammation, and wounds. It was also used as a natural remedy for colds, coughs, and digestive disorders.