witch hazel

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What exactly is witch hazel anyhow?

This is a loaded question! When asked; what is witch hazel used for I started some extensive beauty research.

I found so many answers that I came up with a completely different conclusion.

I can only list some of the common beauty uses for this “miracle” concoction.

So, here we go. By the end of this page you’ll know five different benefits of witch hazel – excited?

Witch Hazel – What is Witch Hazel Used For?

5 Takes on Witch Hazel Uses & Benefits

If you want to be more beautiful in photos or when you go out you might consider doing a little pampering for yourself using what might be the new beauty staple for girls.

A recent article on Yahoo! Beauty makes no qualms about it. It  bluntly uncovers this “secret” formula as the new kid on the block.

Writer Elaine D’Farley states:

“Witch hazel has been around forever, but it’s only recently that the drugstore basic has made its way into our beauty regimens.

Try these innovative ideas this weekend, after a long day or just when your low on your usual products—witch hazel is practically a cure-all panacea.” source ..

Number 1. Caru Witch Hazel + Bee Balm Toner

This review is from Crappy Candle and the writer did some testing of witch hazel plus a bee balm toner. The author says (after getting past the smell):

“I used this toner primarily after workouts as an alternative to cleansing. It was *super refresh* for that purpose. Try applying an ice-cold toner straight from the refrigerator when you’re overheated, it’s a game changer.

I think I’m going to start doing this with toners that don’t need to be refrigerated; I liked it that much. It also applied it sporadically to my back and chest, and I think it helped a little with the situation going on there.” read more ..

Number 2. Dry Skin Treatment – Witch Hazel Quenching Body Butter along with Grace Cole Tea Tree

Here is a review I found about using Grace Cole Tea Tree with witch hazel to moisturize dry skin conditions. Here is an excerpt from the review by Shikha Sharma on MakeupandBeauty.com :

“Rich with skin softening shea butter this heavy duty moisturiser melts into the body to help restore natural moisture levels. Enriched with essential oils it provides thirsty skin with intensive hydration for fabulous effects!

How to Use:
Massage into skin after bathing for an intense softening treatment.” read more ..

Number 3. Witch Hazel as a Toner

Suffolk Times’ health column did a piece about using witch hazel as a toner, among other things. The story comes from Rachel Young and she writes:

“The Mohegans [Native Americans] reportedly even showed English settlers how to find underground water using Y-shaped witch hazel sticks.

Today, witch hazel is used primarily as an all-natural facial toner and topical solution that relieves irritation from scrapes, minor cuts and insect bites. But the extract from this remarkable plant can seemingly do it all. And it’s inexpensive, at roughly $5 for a 16-ounce bottle. You’ll find it in nearly any drugstore.” read more ..

The article goes on to list many other benefits of witch hazel – some of which I never would have imagined. I may just write a book on this one ingredient! 🙂

Number 4. Using Witch Hazel for Treating Scrapes, Bruises and Other Skin Afflictions

Next on the list could be helpful if you need clear skin for a photo shoot or you just want to get more rapid healing of scratches or bruises.

This page from the website, Best Plants gives some alternative ways to use witch hazel. See a fresh perspective in their “14 Reasons Why Witch Hazel Should Positively Be In Every Home” story:

“The witch hazel has been used for many centuries for medicinal purposes by American Indians.

The witch hazel extract is obtained by steaming the witch hazel twigs. It is important to note that the shrub’s essential oil isn’t sold separately.

This can be attributed to the fact that the witch hazel doesn’t produce a lot of essential oil to warrant commercial production.

There are however a number of witch hazel distillates i.e. hydrolats or hydrosols that are available as commercial products. These distillates are however gentler than typical witch hazel extract sold in drug stores. The distillates also contain alcohol.

Witch hazel has very many uses. Some of the most common external uses include treating sores, bruises and swelling.” read more ..

Number 5. Exactly What is Witch Hazel Used For? Yet Another Testimonial about Skin Care

This is on the Natural News blog and the writer (Michael Ravensthorpe) gives 5 benefits of witch hazel to use for softer and more beautiful skin. His research includes acne treatment among other benefits:

“Due to its significant antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, which can make short work of destructive skin bacteria such as Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis, witch hazel is a fantastic natural remedy for skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Moreover, the catechol tannins in witch hazel help remove excess oil from the skin, making it effective at treating blackheads and other blemishes caused by an accumulation of dried sebum in the pores.” read more ..

As I said in the beginning, there are tons of other beauty benefits of witch hazel, too many to list here. So, I may be putting up more on this subject in the future. Models are constantly looking for natural skin solutions and witch hazel is only one.

But the people above make some powerful arguments for using it. Does witch hazel really work for you? I just don’t know how it will work for everyone so you might have to test it out to see. – Bob Pardue

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