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.
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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