What Conditions Does Witch Hazel Help?

Monday, 27 Sep 2010 10:40 AM

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Witch Hazel, or the North American winterbloom, is a popular ornamental plant that produces rich yellow to orange red flowers from autumn through winter. Witch hazel also has a lot of medicinal value.

The extracts of the bark and leaves of witch hazel can be used as an astringent. This witch hazel extract can be used as aftershave lotion for men and women. Witch hazel may also benefit the skin by treating insect bites.

Witch hazel can also help hemorrhoids by reducing inflammation and shrinking and contracting blood vessels back to normal size. It can also be used for healing postnatal perineum tear. Witch hazel can also help cure acne.

Commercial witch hazel contains tannins, gallic acid, catechins, proanthcyanins, flavanoids (kaempferol, quercetin), essential oil (carvacrol, eugenol, hexenol), choline, saponins and bitters, while distilled alternatives contain no tannins.
 
The astringent and antioxidant properties of witch hazel help skin fight against psoriasis, eczema, ingrown nails, sweating in excess, poison ivy, and varicose vein treatments. It is often used as an ingredient in lotions and aftershave lotions. In addition, witch hazel has a soothing effect on sun burnt skin. 
Witch hazel helps the skin with its soothing properties that are both non-drying and hypoallergenic.

For people who use makeup frequently, witch hazel is of great value. Witch hazel helps to cleanse skin and remove make up, soothe sunburns, wind burns, shaving irritations, treat minor burns, and bruises.
 
Also known as hamamelis, snapping hazel, winter bloom, spotted alder or tobacco wood, many of the formulas of witch hazel are for external application only.
 
Wiping bleeding regions with witch hazel helps to prevent infection and reduces hemorrhoids. Witch hazel helps during heavy menstrual flows and eye injuries as well.

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