Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana


Properties:
  • Astringent (tightens and hardens body tissue and constricts the flow of blood vessels.)
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antibacterial
  • Soothing
  • Reduces swelling
  • Anti-aging

Helps With:

The astringent and anti-aging properties of witch hazel are extremely useful in face care as it tightens the pores and makes the skin more youthful. 

Witch hazel is drying, soothing and antibacterial which will help calm and heal acne.

Reduces swelling and pain which is useful in the case of hemorrhoids, bumps, bruises and sprains. 

Since an astringent constricts the flow of blood vessels, witch hazel can reduce and relieve the inflammation of varicose veins. 

Helps to stop excessive bleeding. 

Can soothe and stop itching due to bug bites.

Since witch hazel shrinks tissue, is antiinflammatory and soothing, it can be a useful gargle (made into a strong tea) to relieve laryngitis, sore throats and inflamed gums. Generally myrrh and clove essential oils are also added. One drop of each to a cup of tea. 


Side Notes:

For all the conditions above (except the last) it is assumed that the method of application is external via either a strong tea or an extract. 

There are varying reports on using witch hazel tea internally. If you choose that method, please research more before trying. 

The reported benefits of drinking the tea are said to help with varicose veins and also a prolapsed uterus. The recommended dosage is 1 tsp. witch hazel bark or leaf to 8 oz. boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink only until the problem is resolved.  

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Bethany
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Disclaimer:
In order to protect myself from people who might take any information I have written out of context or use it in any way I do not intend...I must say the following: I am NOT a doctor. I take no responsibility for what you do or not do with any information I have written. My opinions and writings should not take the place of a  doctor...consult one of those if you need medical advice. Pretty much...please use common sense and I strongly suggest you do your own research as well. It's empowering!


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