You may have seen those plain bottles of witch hazel in the First Aid aisle of your grocery store or local pharmacy, but not really appreciated all the amazing things this extract can do. Witch hazel extract has been used for a long time for a variety of health and beauty reasons and it a wonderful addition to any nature-based medicine cabinet. Ten of the best reasons to have it around the home are discussed below.
If people do know about witch hazel extract, it is likely because of its natural but effective astringent properties which help to remove excess oil and shrink the skin’s pores, leaving it clear and smooth.
This extract is also good for treating blemishes on the face or body and regular application of it can help discoloration fade and can promote healing as well.
Witch hazel is a wonderful treatment for the eyes, helping to decrease puffiness, bags and dark circles under the eyes while still being gentle with the sensitive skin of this area.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Soak a towel in witch hazel and lay over the varicose veins to help decrease pain and swelling; this is particularly effective if you have your feet elevated while you do it.
Using witch hazel extract on a cut or scrape can help to tighten the skin and stop the bleed more quickly, while at the same time helping to disinfect it.
Witch hazel extract is great to spritz on the skin after shaving to prevent razor burn and to also stop the bleeding from any minor nicks or cuts.
This extract can be mixed with a gel like aloe vera and gently applied to hemorrhoids. This treatment will help reduce inflammation, pain and itching associated with this condition.
Sore Throat Relief
If you are suffering from a sore throat due to allergies, cold or other irritation, you can gargle with this extract diluted in water. It will reduced inflammation and clear up excess mucous.
Witch hazel extract (look for the kind that does not contain isopropyl alcohol) can be used as a mouth rinse to help treat the inflammation, pain and edema that can come with infected gums.
Diaper Rash Soother
For babies with diaper rash, try a regular application of witch hazel extract. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties will help to reduce signs of irritation and promote healing.
These are ten reasons why witch hazel extract should find its way into your medicine cabinet if you prefer natural, home-based remedies for common complaints and ailments. Its natural antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural and versatile choice for home-based treatments.