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8 Household Uses for Witch Hazel

Michele Tomasicchio


Household Uses for Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is one of the worlds wonder plants! A natural astringent, witch hazel owes its medicinal properties to the tannins in it's leaves and bark, which helps treat skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis as well as minor cuts and scrapes. Which hazel extract is used in many lotions, ointments and other skin treatments. It can also be used alone.


Here are 8 Household Uses for Witch Hazel:


1- Clear Your Complexion:

Witch hazel's astringent properties make it a great natural treatment for acne. Treat blemishes with a cotton pad soaked in witch hazel extract. The witch hazel will remove dirt and oil without drying skin.


2- DIY Deodorant:

Use witch hazel as an alternative to commercially produced deodorant. For a basic deodorant, poor witch hazel extract onto a cotton pad and dab under arms, letting it dry before you get dressed. 


3- Treat Troublesome Skin:

In Germany, which hazel is a mainstream psoriasis treatment, and research proves it effects. Apply witch hazel cream to relieve this troublesome skin condition, as well as eczema and dermatitis. Note: be sure to check with your health care provider before altering any psoriasis treatment you may be on.


4- Terrific Toner:

The tannins in witch hazel help it tone skin and tighten pores, leaving skin cooled and refreshed, and killing breakout-causing bacteria. To make a toner, combine equal parts distilled water and witch hazel, along with a few drops of naturally antimicrobial tea tree oil.


5- After Care for a Burn:

Treat blisters from a minor burn by applying of gauze pad soaked in witch hazel extract, then cover the area with and adhesive bandage.


6- Heal Minor Cuts:

Also known as "nature's Neosporin", witch hazel is a natural antibacterial that will help treat minor wounds. To disinfect and heal cuts, scrapes and abrasions, apply witch hazel extract directly to the affected area with a cotton pad or washcloth. 


7- Relieve Puffiness and Dark Circles:

The sensitive skin around our eyes is prone to swelling and inflammation from lack of sleep, stress or a host of other factors. To treat puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles, lay cotton balls doused in witch hazel on your eyes and relax for 15 minutes.


8 - Treat Insect Bites:

To relieve itching and swelling from bug bites, simply apply a cotton pad soaked in the extract to the affected area.


I hope you find these uses for witch hazel helpful! Are there any that I’ve missed? If so, tell me in the comments below. 


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