By the time of arrival of the fathers-pilgrims in the seventeenth century, native Americans have used witch hazel. The first settlers soon found out the secret of its use for many health disorders. It is an extract from the leaves and bark of a plant called “Hamamelis virginiana” (lat. Hamamelis virginiana). This extract is still used for various purposes in our day.
Use witch hazel to treat acne
Witch hazel can act as an effective treatment for acne because it contains tannins that make it an effective astringent that removes fat from the skin. It can have a depressing effect on the growth of bacteria and accelerate the healing. Procyanidins, resin and flavonoids in its composition help to relieve redness and irritation. Some prefer to apply the liquid on the face with a cotton swab, whereas others the therapeutic effect is more pronounced if you add in a bottle spray gun with the tool 10 drops of tea tree oil. In this case, the composition is sprayed on the face, three times a day, avoiding contact with eyes and mouth. Tea tree oil if you wish, you can replace the lavender oil, Clary sage or juniper berries.
Use witch hazel is to soothe the irritation after shaving
Due to the contained tannins, witch hazel can act as a natural antiseptic. Thus, they can reduce inflammation of the rash that developed after shaving. To try to cope with the frustration of using this tool is very simple: just apply it on a cotton swab and blot the affected area.
Apply the witch hazel with the rash caused by chickenpox
Itchy rash chickenpox can deliver significant discomfort. Some causes relief treatment rash with witch hazel. Try to remove itching caused by the rash, using the following recipe.
- 1 tablespoon of honey;
- 40 drops of lavender essential oil;
- 15 drops lemon essential oil;
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil;
- 15 drops of essential oil of bergamot;
- 1/2 Cup (120 ml) aloe Vera gel;
- 1 teaspoon oil of carrot seeds;
- 1/2 Cup witch hazel.
Apply witch hazel with diaper rash from diapers
Witch hazel can have a significant calming effect on the skin and help to maintain it clean. Due to its astringent properties, it can be a great choice to treat diaper rash from diapers. The following is a prescription remedies for the treatment of diaper rash from the diapers that you can prepare at home.
- 2 tbsp aloe Vera gel;
- 2 tbsp. witch hazel;
- 7 drops of lavender essential oil.
Use witch hazel for cuts and scrapes
The astringent properties of witch hazel can help to tighten the pores of the skin. It can also pull the edges of the cuts and scratches. It has anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce swelling around the injury. One of the best ways to use this tool for cuts and scrapes — dilute it with an equal amount of water and then to water damage or wet it.
Apply witch hazel to fight scars and stretch marks
Applying witch hazel directly on scars and stretch marks can help reduce their pores, located around them. Some recommend applying a small amount of liquid directly into the skin, then for a few minutes to cover the treated area wet Terry washcloth, after which means to wash.
Use witch hazel for inflammation of the skin
The witch hazel contains up to 10% of tannins with astringent properties. It can effectively kill the bacteria, causing inflammation of the skin. It can also tighten pores hemorrhoids to help reduce swelling and bleeding. There are also indications that the application of this tool on the skin can help to cope with psoriasis and eczema.
This liquid can help with pain caused by sunburn. Just dampen it with a soft cotton cloth and cover the affected area for 20 minutes; repeat up to four times a day.
Apply witch hazel and varicose veins
According to the research, the joint use of Apple cider vinegar and witch hazel can be an effective way to get rid of varicose veins. Some researchers suggest that regular use of such tools can strengthen blood vessels. Wishing to try it is proposed to moisten a soft cloth with this liquid and apply it on the affected area. Varicose veins you can also add this tool in the tub.
- 20 drops of witch hazel;
- 10 drops of essential oil of Helichrysum;
- 10 drops of lavender.
Use witch hazel for dry skin
For a long time people have used witch hazel for dry skin, because it can help the skin to retain moisture. You can easily prepare the means for skin care that will help to keep it moisturized and clean it. Below is the recipe by which it is possible to cook excellent non-alcoholic toner for the skin.
- 1 3/4 cups (420 ml) of water;
- 1 tbsp aloe Vera;
- 1 tablespoon of witch hazel;
- 1 teaspoon liquid Castile soap;
- 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract;
- 1 teaspoon of almond oil;
- 6 drops of orange essential oil;
- 6 drops of lavender essential oil;
- 1 roll of paper towels;
- 1 container for towels.
Apply witch hazel in eye fatigue and dark circles under them
Thin skin under the eyes often swells when there is not enough to drink or not to sleep. With the appearance of “bags” under the eyes witch hazel can be the tool that will solve the problem of tired eyes and dark circles under them. Massage the liquid into the skin under the eyes and let it soak for a few minutes. Then rinse with clean water, avoiding contact with eyes.
Use witch hazel to remove ticks
Witch hazel was also nasty to the mites. When detection of mites is possible to apply some of the liquid. The tick is likely to weaken his grip, and it can be carefully removed and the affected area cleaned with the same tool. You can do to avoid ticks, using the following repellent that also repels mosquitoes and other biting insects.
- 2 tbsp. witch hazel;
- 2 tbsp. water;
- 10 drops lemon essential oil;
- 10 drops of essential oil of geranium;
- 1/2 tsp of glycerin.
Apply witch hazel as household cleaning products
Prepare natural cleaning agent based on witch hazel in the home.
- 1/2 Cup (120 ml) of witch hazel;
- 1 Cup (240 ml) of water;
- 1 tbsp lemon juice.
This fluid can also provide good means for washing of glasses. Just use it to wipe the glass or mirror and then let to evaporate.
Use witch hazel for healing “fever” on his lips
Many people find that witch hazel helps them to get rid of the caused by the herpes virus “fever” on his lips. Just moisten them a vial of “rush” and leave it that way. The astringent properties of witch hazel can help the rash to pass quickly.
Use witch hazel for deep cleansing of the scalp
Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of witch hazel make it a good tool for deep cleansing of the scalp. Before treatment the hair should be divided into strands. Wipe the exposed scalp with a cotton swab soaked in the liquid, leave on for five minutes, and then rinse with shampoo.
This article was written by staff writer iHerb.