When you first hear the name of this plant, doesn’t a very supernatural scenario make its way to your mind? Probably, a long-nosed frail woman with a pointy hat, brewing something in a pot to create a potion that changes the form of life forever? You’re not completely mistaken here. Witch hazel, while I’m unsure if it is actually brewed by a witch, is definitely a magical product gifted to earthly beings.
Witch hazel, also known as Hamamelis Virgiana, is a shrub which grows in deciduous regions. It is widely used in many parts of the world to treat skin ailments. The bark of Hamamelis Virgiana is what contains medicinal and healing properties and generally a paste or oil made from the same is used. The amazing thing about witch hazel is that its use is not limited to only skin ailments but it has varied uses. Let us take a look at the amazing uses of witch hazel.
Great days at the beach are often accompanied by nasty consequences. Sunburns can turn out to be extremely painful and bothersome and sometimes take days to heal. Witch hazel is said to contain healing properties that hasten the process of cure in case of the burns. It is always better to keep a bottle of extract handy!
Razor burns are one of the biggest struggles of men and women both. Many people are prone to sensitive skin just after shaving and believe you me; it causes a lot of irritation. Witch hazel works like a charm to soothe irritated, newly shaved skin. All you have to do is apply the extract on the area that has been shaved and boom!
3.Use it as a Deodorant
Witch hazel has a very pleasant smell and the more exciting part about it is that it helps to curb foul odour. A very convenient way to use it as a deodorant is to buy the alcoholic version of it and transfer it to a spray bottle. You can also customize it by adding a fragrance of your choice.
4.Treat Diaper Rash
Diaper rash can be a real dilemma not only for the little ones but also their mommies who just can’t see their babies in pain. Witch hazel reduces the burning due to the rashes and helps them heal better. Many pharmaceuticals have launched diaper rash creams in the market but what is better than a natural remedy which is fast and soothing?
5.Reduce Stretch Marks
Women face too many problem and stretch marks should not be one of them. Pregnancy is a delightful experience in every woman’s life, but it comes with certain consequences. Consequences that your body faces. Witch hazel has been proven a miracle in treating stretch marks and what is even better is that if you start using it well in advance, you can prevent them altogether!
6.Remedy Bug Bites
Bug bites are such a common phenomenon and can happen to anyone anywhere, there is no telling. Bug bites can be painful and cause redness and itching. Witch hazel works quickly to cool down the area. Just dab the affected patch with a little amount of it and you’re good to go.
7.Use It As An Antiseptic
Antiseptics are one of the most useful things you can keep in your home. They have a rage of uses beginning from cleaning your home to cleaning wounds. Wounds can get nasty if they are not taken care of at the earliest. Witch hazel is said to possess antiseptic properties which help to disinfect wounds.
An acne attack is the worst kind of attack and anyone who has experienced this will not deny it. Acne usually is caused if particles of dirt remain on the skin for too long. They get locked up in the skin and ultimately block your pores. Witch hazel cleans the upper layers of skin hence making sure no dirt remains. It is considered to be one of the cheapest and definite treatment for acne.
Keeping make-up up for too long on your skin can cause some serious damage and give rise to problems such as acne and darkening. Witch hazel works wonderfully and cleans up even the toughest stay on make-up. Need I add that it is cheaper than make-up remover and also natural?
Hemorrhoids are can be very painful and there is no denying that. Witch hazel has been used to treat hemorrhoids since long before creams came into market and it is an effective treatment.
11.Ease Itching Due to Poison Ivy
A day out in the woods could turn into a disaster if you return home with a case of poison ivy. Getting in contact with certain plants may result in an allergic reaction which may ultimately cause irritation to skin. Witch hazel soothes the pain and relieves the allergy. Who knew a bottle of witch hazel could save a trip?
12.Free Your Pets from Ticks
Our pets are so dear to us and when they suffer a piece of our heart sure breaks. Ticks can give our pets a tough time. Witch hazel has a strong smell and ticks cannot stand it resulting in them loosing hold on hair and making it easier to brush them out and relieving your little buddies.
13.Cure Dandruff Infection
Dandruff and flaking can be a real quandary if it happens regularly. Treating dandruff with witch hazel has been effective in various cases. All you have to do is rub a little of it to your scalp and rinse it with soap and water.
14.Use It as Paint Thinner
Unused paint which has been stored for a few days can become really tough to use. Mixing a little witch hazel when you have to use it can make your job of painting a lot easier. Who thought something that clears acne can also thin paint?
15.Clean Jewellery with Witch Hazel
You need something that is effective enough to clean the collection of dirt and oil from your jewellery and at the same time it cannot be very strong because that can damage it. Witch hazel works wonderfully here as well.
16.Use as Astringent
Witch hazel helps to seal open pores on your skin. This helps to prevent dirt entering and blocking your pores which ultimately results in clearing acne. You can also dab some on before putting make-up on and protect your skin from the damage that comes from it.
17.Soothe Chicken Pox
Chicken pox is one of the most dreaded disease for obvious reasons. A week-long of the torture that comes with the disease is almost unbearable. But did you know that your bottle of witch hazel and help reduce the itching that comes with chicken pox? You do now.
18.Use as Anti-Aging Cream
Every woman starts hyperventilating when the truth of her aging skin hits her. But now you can start worrying a little less because application of witch hazel every day reduces multiple sins of aging. Just use a fair amount on your face regularly and you’re younger!
Eczema is accompanied with severe itching and screen irritation which is persistent. Witch hazel contain properties that ease the itching and soothe the skin and also reduce the redness.
20.Stop Minor Bleeds
Minor bleeds occur every now and then to each one of us. Witch hazel, because of its antiseptic properties can be used to stop these bleeds and disinfect the wound. The wound also starts to heal faster because of this magical product.
21.Decrease Eye Bags
Long and sleepless nights, stress at work or just a tired day, incessantly, can result in ugly eye bags under your eyes. Using a little amount of witch hazel below your eyes can reduce these bags and bring back your healthy look.
22.Alleviate a Sore Throat
Sore throats if left ignored can aggravate and cause severe pain. A quick and effective remedy for this is boiling some bark of witch hazel in water and drinking it. The irritation considerably lessens causing the pain to decrease. It is definitely worth a shot.
23.Make an Air Freshener
Witch hazel has a strong smell which can drive away the foulest odours. All you have to do is mix it with a little alcohol and spray it around for a fresh and pleasant room!
24.Soothe Gum Irritation
Inflamed gums are a problem for many and may cause an uneasy feeling in the mouth. Witch hazel contains anti-inflammatory properties that decrease the inflammation and eventually the irritation is completely gone.
25.Tame Frizzy Hair
Some people are just blessed with silky hair and they certainly do not get the struggle of taming frizzy hair every day. This can be a task and the best of the best products may prove feeble in front of your stubborn hair. But not witch hazel. Witch hazel contains natural agents that help tone down the crazy. All you have to do is mix some up with your shampoo before applying it to your hair.
One plant and so many uses ranging from skin to disinfectants, who would have thought?