Witch hazel is a miracle worker!

It falls right into the same category as the vinegar, baking soda, Dawn blue liquid soap and hydrogen peroxide. However, witch hazel focuses on you and your skin!
Here are some things I've used it for...

My Skin:
  1. Facial Cleansing  Witch hazel has the unique ability to clean skin pores and dry up excessive oil without leaving skin too dry. For healthy, normal skin, witch hazel can often replace a daily cleanser.
2. Astringent - The tannin content in witch hazel has strong astringent as well as antioxidant properties. These astringent properties are cleansing to the skin, while minimizing the size of skin pores.
3. Stretch Marks - Witch hazel is often used by pregnant women to prevent stretch marks, but it can be used to help loose or excessive skin around scars or stretch marks to tighten, helping to minimize the scar.
4.  Under Eye Bags - Every heard the tale that adding hemorrhoid cream to those little baggies under your eyes can take them away? Well, it's true! One of the magic ingredients in a product like Preparation H is witch hazel, which helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess.
5. Soothe tired eyes - If your eyes are puffy from crying or lack of sleep, then soak two small cotton pads with witch hazel and put them over your eyes. After 10 minutes, your eyes should be refreshed, and any redness should be gone.

 The kiddos:

6. Diaper Rash - If your baby’s rash isn’t healing quick enough, apply witch hazel solution (Dickinson’s is good) with a cotton ball and you should see immediate improvement to your baby’s bottom.
7. Keep chicken pox blisters from itching - Make a Witch Hazel mixture, take one cup of witch hazel and one cup of water. Mix the two and apply to the skin. Don’t be afraid to lavish this mixture on the skin. The witch hazel can be applied as often as needed. Once you apply the witch hazel and water, let dry.
8. Bye bye bruises - Just apply witch hazel three times daily.
9. Treats sunburns - Treating sunburn with witch hazel will lessen healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking. Apply with a washcloth soaked in witch hazel, allowing it to soak into your skin for several minutes before removing.
10.  Heal cuts and scrapes - Witch hazel can be a substitute for hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol when it comes to cleaning out a cut. Pour a liberal amount of witch hazel over the cut or sore and allow it to dry. Add a bandage and you’re done.

Make you feel better:

11. Relieves Bug bites - With its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is ideal for treating bug bites. Apply the witch hazel with a cotton ball, square or swab directly on the bite. It also works to soothe bites from fleas, flies and insect stings.
12. Relieves Cold Sores -  Witch Hazel applied on a cold sore when you feel it coming on will prevent it from becoming a blister. If you already have one, use it right away and often and the blister will heal quicker.
13. Relieves Soar Throat - Witch hazel tea infused with myrrh and cloves can make your sore throat feel better after gargling. Do NOT swallow!
14. Relieves poison ivy and oak itching - Just like acne and blemishes, the witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling. 
15. Tick Extraction - Before attempting to remove a tick, douse the tick with a few drops of witch hazel to make it loosen its jaws. Grasp the tick firmly and pull; disinfect the bite area by dabbing the skin with witch hazel once the tick has been successfully removed.

I'd love to know, what do you use witch hazel for?

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