The name Witch Hazel, might make some Potter fans wonder whether this is one of those magical ingredients you might stumble upon in Professor Snape’s Potion Lab in Hogwarts or a mystical herb found in Wonderland granting you magical powers. Well, let us assure you that this incredible herb is very much real and from being used as a bug spray to bestowing you with glorious skin, the stellar qualities of witch hazel encompass far beyond just being an astringent.
Well, Witch Hazel is a flowering plant that goes by the botanical name Hamamelis spp. with Hamamelis virginiana, the most common type native to North America, China and Japan. Commonly termed as Winterbloom, the plant is a deciduous shrub by nature and grows to a height of 25 feet. Although, it may be introduced to the modern medical world in the last few years, but it has been used in folk medicines and natural remedies since the ancient times.
Right from being used as a tincture, decoction (bark and twigs), infusion (leaves), poultice, liniment, compress, wash, or distillate, the magical witch hazel acts as a panacea to most beauty and health anomalies. It is even concocted into herbal teas providing ultimate stress relief and serenity. Imbued with astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and soothing properties, witch hazel is not only used for treating acne, scars, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, but also helps in providing relief from cough, sore throat, bruises, burns, hemorrhoids, itching, pain etc.
Well, let’s dive deep into this infographic to find out how the incredible witch hazel can contribute towards health and beauty.