12 Amazing Uses for Witch Hazel

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I’ve known about witch hazel since childhood. I remember that my mother and grandmother always had a bottle of it on hand, for everything from cleaning our faces to soothing a scrape. Recently the many benefits of this astringent came back into my awareness.

Here are 12 amazing uses for witch hazel.

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What is Witch Hazel?

This versatile plant, technically a shrub, creates bright orange or yellow flowers. It is native to North America. The bark and leaves are used medicinally to treat a variety of skin ailments. Witch hazel contains tannins, a natural compound with astringent properties. It is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Native Americans used this plant for thousands of years for various purposes, including soothing skin conditions, easing sore muscles and healing irritated digestive systems.

12 Amazing Uses for Witch Hazel

Reduces Under Eye Puffiness

Using a cotton ball or square soaked with witch hazel, carefully dab the under eye area to soothe and ease puffiness and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Avoid getting witch hazel in the eyes.

Treats Swimmers Ear

Swimmer’s ear is a bacterial infection caused by water remaining in the ear after swimming. Add a few drops of witch hazel to the affected ear to dry up infection, clear away excess oil and remove debris or earwax.

Soothes Sunburn

Mix witch hazel with pure aloe vera gel. Smooth gently over skin to cool and soothe a sunburn and help prevent peeling.

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Safely Removes Ticks

Try using witch hazel on an attached tick. Soak the tick with a few drops of witch hazel. They dislike the taste of this astringent and will loosen their grip, allowing you to safely and easily remove them. Cleanse the bite area well with witch hazel after removing the tick to prevent infection.

Soothes Dry Skin

Even though witch hazel is considered an astringent, is improves dry skin by unclogging pores and restoring healthy oils. Apply witch hazel to dry areas after showering, while skin is still damp. Allow skin to dry naturally for several minutes, then use a moisturizer.

Natural Insect Repellent

Make your own DIY insect repellent using witch hazel. Combine 2 tablespoons witch hazel, 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil and 1 cup of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on skin and and clothing to repel biting insects. Witch hazel is safe for skin and most fabrics. If in doubt, test first on a small area of the fabric.

This spray also soothes and relieves the itchiness of bug bites and reduces swelling from bee stings.

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Cleanses and Tones Skin

Soak a cotton ball or square in witch hazel and use as a daily face cleanser and toner. Witch hazel cleanses and tightens pores, without drying the skin. For oily skin, witch hazel helps to reduce excessive oil buildup.

Treats Acne

Witch hazel effectively treats acne by reduces inflammation and eliminating bacteria. Not only does it clear up acne, it helps to improve the appearance of acne scarring while healing the skin.

Apply witch hazel to acne on face, chest or back and allow it to dry.

Make a DIY Hand Sanitizer

Witch hazel’s antibacterial properties make it an excellent choice for a DIY hand sanitizer. Mix together 1 1/2 teaspoons of witch hazel, liquid from one vitamin E capsule (or 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin E oil), 15 drops of tea tree essential oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel in a pump or squeeze bottle. Use within two weeks.

This hand sanitizer will not dry out the hands. Rather it helps to keep them moisturized.

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12 amazing uses for witch hazel – hand sanitizer

Soothes Razor Burn

Use witch hazel after shaving legs, underarms or face to calm skin and prevent itchy, irritated bumps. Witch hazel also helps to prevent ingrown hairs from forming. As a bonus, it stops bleeding from any nicks caused by shaving.

Disinfects Wounds

Witch hazel’s disinfectant and hemostatic properties cleanse wounds and reduce bleeding. And it stings less than alcohol based disinfectants. Soak a cotton square in witch hazel and then apply to minor scrapes and cuts to cleanse the wound, stop bleeding and speed healing. Witch hazel soothes bruises and swellings as well.

Create Your Own DIY Room & Upholstery Spray

To freshen a room and help eliminate odors from carpets or upholstery, combine 2 tablespoons witch hazel, 6 drops lavender or citrus essential oil, 2 teaspoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons water in a small spray bottle. Shake well. Spray into a room or spray lightly on carpets or upholstery to eliminate odors.

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Purchasing Witch Hazel

Make sure that you purchase 100% pure witch hazel, with no additives. From my research, the witch hazel pictured below is considered a high quality product. Order by clicking on the photo!

Have you ever used witch hazel? I’ve just ordered a bottle, to add to my natural medicinal stash. If you’ve discovered other uses for amazing witch hazel, I’d love to hear about it.

 

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42 thoughts on “12 Amazing Uses for Witch Hazel”

  1. Great information! I never thought about using it for sunburn! We are in that season, no matter how hard I try I always get sunburned!

  2. Ooohhh I didn’t know it could be used as an insect repellent. Good to know as we head into warmer months!

  3. I love the idea of room spray and I must try it for under my eyes. Unfortunately, others must be reading this because now witch hazel is hard to get as rubbing alcohol. I guess it will stay on my list until it comes back in. lol

  4. Great ideas, thanks for sharing! I’ve used witch hazel as a toner for years now, but had no idea about some of the other uses. Definitely going to try the room spray idea.

  5. Never thought of these uses for it. Love the under eye puffiness as one. But interesting all the uses for it. Thanks for the post – I think I need to get me some Witch Hazel!

  6. I loved witch hazel as a kid. My mom always had some so now it reminds me of her. I will have to get some!

  7. I have been using witch hazel since I was a teenager. Mostly for acne. I’m amazed at the other things it can do too! Thanks for the info!

  8. I forget about the power of witch hazel! I used it as a teen to clean my face because it was inexpensive and there weren’t near the options we have today. Now I’m going to have to keep a bottle around because we deal with lots of these issues at my house!

  9. I didn’t even think about using it for sunburns! I have to agree though, may be hard to find for the next little while.

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