Witch hazel works wonders on sunburn, bug bites, poison ivy, acne, wrinkles, ear infection, sore throat and even skin cancer
An ancient Native American remedy for all kinds of ailments, witch hazel has become a must-have natural skin care product.
In addition to keeping your skin young and beautiful, witch hazel is one of the most useful first aid items to keep on hand for all kinds of injuries and illnesses.
You can grow it and prepare it yourself or buy it on Amazon. My two favorite all-natural brands are:
Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Toner:
Humphrey’s Natural Astringent:
Here are 10 ways witch hazel can save the day:
1. Clear Up Acne
A study published in the Journal of Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology showed witch hazel to be one of the most effective acne treatments of 52 products.
It slows bacterial growth and speeds up healing of scabs, while reducing inflammation, redness, oil production and development of blackheads and whiteheads.
2. Reverse Wrinkles and Signs of Aging
Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help protect collagen and skin elasticity just as well or better than many commercial beauty products. You can easily blend witch hazel with vitamin E oil and other natural ingredients to make your own Homemade Anti-Aging Serum. Combine it with other skin-saving oils like evening primrose, frankincense and tea tree oils for even better results.
3. Protect Against Skin Cancer
A study published in Chemical Research in Toxicology found the polyphenols and tannin antioxidants in witch hazel reduced free radicals and prohibited the proliferation of melanoma cells.
4. Bug Repellent and Treatment for Bug Bites
Witch hazel’s astringent properties make it effective at reducing pain, stinging, swelling and allergic reactions to bug bites. It’s also used in many commercial bug repellents.
5. Heal Rashes
Witch hazel is a time-tested treatment for all kinds of skin rashes including diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis, razor burn, and general dry or itchy skin. (Make sure to use alcohol-free witch hazel for this.)
5. Cleanse Hair and Soothe the Scalp
Witch hazel reduces oil build-up, leaving your hair shinier, healthier and more volumized.
According to one study, it also helps soothe dry, itchy and irritated scalps. (Make sure to use alcohol-free witch hazel for this.)
6. Treat Ear Infections
As an effective antibacterial, witch hazel is an excellent natural ear infection remedy. It’s especially great for “swimmer’s ear.” Just insert a few drops in each ear several times a day.
7. Soothe a Sore Throat
Sipping Smallflower Witch Hazel Leaves – Cut (Hamamelis virginiana) Loose Herbs, 4 ounces can soothe a sore throat. Its astringent properties fighting infection, while soothing pain.
9. Treat Hemorrhoids
Witch hazel mixed with water is a great way to reduce hemorrhoid inflammation, itching, burning, and bleeding. (Make sure to use alcohol-free witch hazel for this.)
10. Heal Mouth and Gums and Freshen Breath
Witch hazel helps heal blisters, sores and infections on your lips, inner cheeks or gums and freshens breath. You can apply it directly or add it to a homemade mouthwash