One of the most common herbs used in healing. Popular uses include cuts, hemorrhoids, bruises and sore muscles. Millions of gallons of witch hazel water is made, sold and used in the US every year. Witch hazel has nothing to do with witchcraft. In Medieval English it meant flexible. Originally it was spelled wych.
Witch Hazel a tree with very flexible branches that were at one time used by American Indians to make bows. They made tea to put on bug bites, cuts, aching muscles, to drink for colds and all kinds of other health issues. In the 1840’s an Indian passed it on to someone who then started marketing it.
Most common witch hazel found on store shelves has no witch hazel water in it. The astringent benefits you get from the kind with no water really come from the alcohol content. If you want real astringent benefits you need to make witch hazel brew. It’s Easy.
Witch Hazel Tea:
- 1 teaspoon powdered leaves or twigs
- 8 oz. cup boiling water
- Steep 10 minutes
- Strain, cool and apply directly or add to another recipe.
There’s no real reports of side effects from external use of witch hazel but if it bothers you at all, stop using it. It should not cause any discomfort.
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