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14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Be In Every Home

posted in Health & Fitness
02/12/2015
  • 1) Natural Astringent

    High concentrations of tannis in Witch Hazel make it an excellent astringent which means it has the ability to remove access oil from the skin and shrink down pores

  • 2) Fade Bruises and Blemishes

    Witch hazel may also be used to treat blemishes already present on the face or other areas of the body. Apply witch hazel to a cotton ball or cosmetic pad to reduce irritation and appearance of acne or other inflammatory skin conditions.

    Witch hazel applied to bruises can also help to fade discoloration and speed up the healing process of any underlying damage.

  • 3) Brighten Around Eyes

    The ability of witch hazel to tighten skin and reduce inflammation makes this an ideal natural remedy for treating discoloration and puffiness under and around the eyes.

    Just don't get it in your eyes or it will cause significant pain and lingering discomfort from dryness.

  • 4) Shrink Swollen Veins

    Soak a terry cloth in witch hazel and lay over area affected by varicose veins to temporarily reduce swelling and pain.

    Also, remember to prop up the area to be treated as high as possible. This will decrease blood pressure in swollen veins and maximize the effectiveness of your treatment.

  • 5) Stop Bleeding

    Witch hazel naturally tightens skin and promotes faster healing. Apply organic witch hazel to minor cuts and scrapes to stop bleeding.

  • 6) Post Hair Removal

    Witch hazel is a great follow up to shaving any part of the body. Not only will it stop bleeding for nicks or cuts, anti-inflammatory witch hazel can also work to prevent razor burn.

    Furthermore, those who use got wax for hair removal may also apply witch hazel as an anti-inflammatory or use it to stop bleeding from damaged hair follicles.

  • 7) Hemorrhoid Relief

    Witch hazel is great for easing pain, itching, swelling, and bleeding of hemorrhoids. Just mix witch hazel with a carrier like Aloe Vera gel and apply to affected area for fast relief.

  • 8) Ease a Sore Throat

    Due to the astringent properties, an herbal tea of witch hazel (NOT THE STORE BOUGHT KIND WHICH ALMOST ALWAYS CONTAINS ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL) can help ease the discomfort of a sore throat. Gargle with witch hazel tea to reduce swelling, dry up excess mucus, and ease pain cause by laryngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, or other throat maladies.

  • 9) Treat Damaged Gums

    Witch hazel mouth rinse (AGAIN, DO NOT USE WITCH HAZEL THAT CONTAINS ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL) can help reduce swelling and bleeding of irritated and infected gums.

    Try a teaspoon of witch hazel tea with one drop each clove and myrrh oil to safely relieve teething pain for infants.

    The same treatment can be used to soothe pain cause by emerging wisdom teeth or after oral surgery to reduce discomfort and inflammation.

  • 10) Dry Up Swimmer's Ear

    Use an eye drop to insert several drops of witch hazel into each ear to dry up pus, clear away excess oil, and break up wax and debris that may be clogging the ear canal. Allow ears to drain then clean gently with a cotton swab or cosmetic pad. Follow up with a natural anti-microbial like basil oil, apple cider vinegar, or tea tree oil.

  • 11) Soothe Diaper Rash

    Anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel ale it an effective and safe remedy for soothing diaper rash. Regular application will also assist in healing damaged skin faster.

  • 12) Cool Down Sunburn

    Mix some witch hazel in with your Aloe Vera gel the next time you need to treat a sunburn. The anti-inflammatory power will aid you skin in healing while it and the aloe help to cool the burn. This treatment can also help prevent skin from peeling in the days following a bad burn.

  • 13) Neutralize Contact Dermatitis

    Because of its drying and anti-itch power, witch hazel can also be used to counter the effects of skin-irritating plant compounds like urushiol, the sap oil contained in poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac that causes contact dermatitis in about 85% of adults who come in contact with it.

  • 14) Bug Bites and Stings

    Just as witch hazel can be used to ease pain and itching from poison ivy and its cousins, the same works for bug bites and stings. Yet another reason to carry a small bottle of this awesome remedy with you the next time you plan to spend a day outdoors!

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