Remedies By Way of Witch Hazel

I have been thinking about witch hazel ever since I saw it blooming during my January hike. Check out the uses for this hard-working, multi-tasking little shrub:

  • Astringent
  • Aftershave
  • Reduces bags and puffiness around eyes
  • Treats hemorrhoids, bites, stings, skin sores, sunburn, poison ivy, stiff muscles, varicose veins, diarrhea and dystentery
  • Slows bleeding (even externally, if taken as a tea)

It’s also pretty smart: if a frost occurs during the flowering stage, it rolls up its petals so they aren’t harmed!

For more information on witch hazel, visit http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/witch-hazel-herbal-remedies.htm