Witch Hazel is widely recognised as a natural astringent. It tends to sit unassumingly on the shelf at the pharmacy, where we overlook it for bottles of fancy expensive creams, lotions and potions.
This is a call to relook at Witch Hazel. It is a natural, inexpensive alternative to a number of cosmetic products that you probably use everyday. Swapping to Witch Hazel will likely reduce your exposure to toxins and also protect the environment from the synthetic alternatives that find their way into our water systems.
You will be pleased to know that Witch Hazel is really rather impressive when it comes to skin care. It ha been prized for it’s medicinal value for centuries, with it’s bark and leaves pressed, boiled and steamed into a tonic for use on our skin. Native American’s knew the benefits of the yellow flowering shrubs and even the FDA has approved it for use as a non-prescription drug ingredient.
All well and good you might think, but how can it help you? You might be surprised!
Witch hazel has natural antibacterial and antiseptic qualities which makes it a great treatment for spot prone skin. It fights pimple causing bacteria on the skin’s surface, while the tannins remove excess oil.
To use simply soak a cotton ball in witch hazel and sweep over cleansed skin. It should reduce acne with consistent use.
Witch hazel has the ability to reduce swelling in blood vessels. It is a natural astringent, and therefore works well to reduce any puffiness of the under eye area. Keep a bottle in the fridge for a cooling treatment whenever you need it. Soak a cotton pad in the cooled liquid, place over closed eyes and relax for 5 minutes.
For the same reasons, witch hazel can work wonders reducing the pain and swelling associated with both haemorrhoids and varicose veins. Apply to the affected area at least daily using a muslin cloth moistened with with hazel.
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