Witch hazel, a topical astringent that is made from the leaves, barks and twigs of the plant Hamamelis viginiana, may not be something that you have heard of. However, for something that has a spooky name, you’d be surprised to find that it serves many purposes that you’d find handy to have at home.
- Witch Hazel can be used to remove oil from the skin and shrinking those pores, giving you bright and fresh skin.
Bruises and blemishes
- Witch hazel has been known to treat blemishes by brightening the skin and bruises by reducing inflammation and discoloration.
Bleeding and cuts
- Applying witch hazel to minor cuts and scrapes helps stop bleeding as well as acts as a disinfectant.
- A great follow up for shaving, witch hazel stops bleeding from small cuts you may get from your razor as well as helping prevent razor burn.
- With these warm Florida days, this may be one of the most helpful tips. Adding a bit of witch hazel to Aloe Vera gel can help your skin heal as well as prevent your skin from pealing afterwards.
Stings and bug bites
- Rubbing a bit of witch hazel to bug bites or rashes from poison ivy helps ease pain and itching, perfect for those hikes and bike rides in the wooded areas of Gainesville.