What is witch hazel and for what is it used?
Jill DeSoros, Richmond, VA
Prepare to be amazed when you discover what witch hazel is and the many ways you can use it. It’s beneficial for a lot more than you can imagine.
Witch hazel derives from the witch hazel tree that grows in North America. The extract comes from the tree’s bark and leaves.
You may have heard that people use witch hazel as an astringent, or toner, to shrink pores on their skin. You can apply witch hazel after shaving, on acne to shrink it, and to remove makeup.
Witch hazel constricts blood vessels, so it can stop the bleeding if you’ve nicked yourself shaving. It will make under-eye bags shrink. And it removes oil and dirt from your skin without drying it out as alcohol does.
If you suffer from dandruff or an oily scalp, witch hazel will help control those conditions. And it’s also very healing for hemorrhoids, minor cuts, and cold sores.
Sunburn stings, but witch hazel will diminish the pain. It also soothes bug bites, poison ivy rashes, and chickenpox blisters.
If you’re a fan of aromatherapy, you can make a homemade spray to add a refreshing scent to your home. Combine water and witch hazel in equal parts with a few drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or lemon.
In conclusion, you can use witch hazel as a cleaner. Put it on a cotton ball to wipe the grime off and clean your jewelry or use it as a simple DIY silver cleaner. Or use it to clean glass, steel, and chrome.
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