Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is one of the oldest cosmetic ingredients used. It was widely used by American Indians as a medicinal plant. Today people use it for many different things. I always have a bottle in my bathroom cupboard. Even my husband keeps a small bottle in his shaving kit.

One of the most common uses of witch hazel is as an astringent after washing your face. It will keep your pores clean and will shrink them. Just pour some on a cotton ball and wipe it gently over your face.

Witch hazel also works great to cool the pain of a sunburn. It will lessen the healing time and help prevent the peeling and skin flaking which usually accompany a sunburn. Just soak a washcloth in witch hazel and apply it to the sunburned area for several minutes.

Witch hazel helps to tighten up the skin and reduce bagginess under the eyes. Just be careful not to get it IN your eyes. Dab a cotton ball saturated with witch hazel to the puffy skin under your eyes.

In place of using hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol on a scrape or cut, pour witch hazel over the area and allow it to dry. It will cleanse and disinfect the cut and encourage quicker healing.

You can also use witch hazel on bruises to help reduce swelling and heal the area faster. Just apply to the bruise two or three times a day.

Witch hazel is ideal for treating bug bites. Just place a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel directly onto the bite. It will take the itch away.

It also works on the itchiness of poison ivy or poison oak.

You can even make a natural bug repellent by mixing witch hazel with a few drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle.

Men will like the refreshing feel of witch hazel used as an after-shave lotion. The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop itchy bumps that sometimes form around irritated hair follicles. Moreover, since witch hazel is an astringent it will work like a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding from small nicks. Ladies will like using it on their legs after shaving, too.

Witch hazel works well to lock the moisture in your skin after showering or bathing. Apply immediately after showering to help treat dry skin.

The astringent properties of witch hazel will temporarily soothe aching varicose veins. Soak a cloth in witch hazel, prop your legs straight out in front of you and apply the cloth to your aching legs.

Witch hazel applied to a pimple will help reduce swelling and inflammation. It will also help speed the healing of cold sores when applied several times a day.


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