Witch hazel extract is especially beneficial for minor skin irritations. Discover nine ways to take advantage of this botanical wonder.
9 Uses for Witch Hazel at Home
1. Acne: Witch hazel is an astringent that can remove dirt and oil without drying skin. Treat blemishes with a cotton pad soaked in a witch hazel solution.
2. Blisters: Dry blisters by applying a gauze pad soaked in witch hazel, then covering with an adhesive bandage.
3. Insect bites: Relieve itching and swelling from bug bites with witch hazel. Apply a cotton pad soaked in the extract to the affected area.
4. Minor cuts: Also known as “nature’s Neosporin,” witch hazel is a natural antibacterial that will help treat minor wounds. Apply witch hazel extract directly to the affected area with a cotton pad or washcloth.
5. Deodorant: Pour witch hazel onto a cotton pad and dab under arms, letting it dry before dressing. For a scented solution, mix 3 tablespoons vodka with an essential oil blend (try 6 drops lavender, 8 drops cypress and 4 drops neroli) in a spray bottle and shake. Add 1⁄2 cup witch hazel and 1⁄4 cup rosewater; use daily.
6. Psoriasis: In Germany, witch hazel is a mainstream psoriasis treatment, and research proves its 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.
7. Sunburns: This anti-inflammatory can provide temporary sunburn relief, as well as help prevent skin from flaking. Gently apply a washcloth soaked in witch hazel extract or cream to burned skin.
8. Puffy eyes: Witch hazel can help tighten and refresh skin. Lay cotton balls doused in witch hazel on your eyes and relax for 15 minutes.
9. Toner: The tannins in witch hazel help it tone skin and tighten pores, leaving skin cooled and refreshed. To make a toner, combine equal parts distilled water and witch hazel, along with a few drops of tea tree oil (for its antimicrobial properties).
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