6 Reasons Why You Need Witch Hazel in Your Home

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Witch hazel is a botanical astringent that comes from the plant Hamamelis virginiana; a fall blooming shrub that is native to eastern North America. The plant extract has amazing antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Better yet, You can pick up the extract from nearly any drug store across the U.S. With all of it's benefits, you can't help but store this in your medicine cabinet. We've listed the top 6 reasons you should use witch hazel to help treat your family year round.

Treats Acne

Who likes acne? Nobody, right? Instead of using harsh chemical toners for your skin try using witch hazel. It is a gentle and natural way to treat problematic or oily skin. You can even dilute it to 1 part witch hazel, two part water if your skin is super sensitive.

Heals Bruises

Bruises are annoying and somethings pop up in places on our bodies we don't remember getting hurt at. If you soak a thin cloth in witch hazel and apply it to your bruise several times a day it’ll speed up the healing process.

Cleanses Wounds

Witch hazel is so good with cleansing wounds that tattoo artists use it to cleanse brand new tattoos. It’s properties works to kill germs and bacteria while also soothing inflammation. No matter what size the cut or scrape, witch hazel can do the job. It is one of the main reasons while it works so well in a house full of kids.

Stops Itching

From chicken pox, to poison ivy, to a sunburn or mosquito bite, which hazel can stop the itching. Soak a cloth or cotton ball in which hazel and spread it on the problematic area to soothing it.

Cures Sore Throat

Since witch hazel has the ability to soothe and reduce swelling, you can gargle witch hazel tea to cure sore throats. Keep a witch hazel bush growing on hand in your house or yard and grab the leaves and twigs to soak in a cup of hot water for at least 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up, strain the solids out and gargle with the tea.

Reduces Puffiness

Sick of having puffy eyes from crying and lack of sleep? You can use witch hazel to soak cotton pads and place them over your eyes. The properties within the witch hazel will shrink blood vessels reducing puffiness.