Witch Hazel has a long history of medicinal use because of its anti-inflammatory & astringent properties. It is a small tree native to the east coast of North America.
Benefits & Uses of Witch Hazel
It is an astringent commonly applied directly to the skin.
Hemorrhoids are dilated veins in the anus and/or rectum, they can cause irritation, discomfort & bleeding. There is no definite proof but it is believed that Witch Hazel can help heal hemorrhoids.
It’s skin soothing properties make it beneficial in the treatment of acne and the astringent properties make it a good option for people with oily skin.
Because it reduces inflammation it may help to soothe rashes on the skin. It is however not advised to use it on broken skin or oozing wounds.
Varicose veins are dilated veins in the legs that can cause significant discomfort. People might also find their appearance bothersome.
Witch Hazel may help reduce the appearance of dandruff.
Bug Bites & Stings
Bug bites can cause swelling and inflammation. Applying witch hazel can help to reduce itchiness and discomfort.
Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the discomfort from sunburn.
Mixing it with Aloe Vera Gel may make it even more soothing.
The astringent properties causes skin to tighten and small blood vessels to constrict. This may help to stop bleeding from minor cuts and nosebleeds.
Safety & Side Effects
Witch hazel is safe for most people for an at home treatment of some common skin issues.
For safety, one should apply a small amount of product to their arm. If there is no adverse or allergic reaction within 24hrs, it can be safely applied elsewhere.
If you experience any side effects, stop using the product immediately and consult with your doctor.
Always consult with your doctor or other medical professional before taking any self medication. Especially if you are receiving medical treatment for any pre-existing condition.