Witch hazel is a great skin toner, but did you know it has other uses? Learn how to experience the benefits of witch hazel and discover new DIY skin care recipes.
Witch hazel is a type of shrub that has delicate yellow flowers with a mild fragrance. An extraction is collected from this plant’s leaves and flowers to use in an astringent lotion because it provides multiple health benefits.
If you are interested in using natural herbs for holistic or homeopathic care, witch hazel is often recommended. It can help so many things, from skin issues to reducing inflammation and swelling of the skin.
Keep reading to learn more about witch hazel and how it can help you.
Top 5 Health Benefits and Uses for Witch Hazel
Reducing the Oiliness on Your Skin
If you have oily skin, you should use witch hazel lotion on your face to cleanse away the excess sebum that causes acne.
You can pour witch hazel on a cotton ball several times a day to rub away the sebum that collects in your skin’s pores.
Just be careful with your witch hazel oil so at not to get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Cleansing a Small Wound
When you suffer from a small cut or scrape on your skin, applying witch hazel directly to it can help to cleanse it to help prevent the development of an infection.
You can continue to enjoy the benefits of witch hazel on your wound for a few days as it continues to heal.
Go slowly and be careful so that you don’t accidentally irritate the wound anymore than it already is.
Treating Difficult Skin Rashes
You can pour a small amount of witch hazel into your bath water in the evenings to help soothe your itchy, irritated skin.
If you have extra sensitive skin, be sure to test the witch hazel on one small area first to be sure you won’t have a reaction.
Relieve Pain from Ingrown Toenails
If you have ever had an ingrown toenail, then you know it can cause a lot of pain throughout your entire foot. Witch hazel can help.
After trimming your toenail properly, you can apply witch hazel to the torn skin to relieve your discomfort and start the healing process.
Stop Swelling and Discoloration from Bruises
If you have a bruise anywhere on your body, then you should make a poultice with a damp cloth that is covered with witch hazel. Place this poultice on the bruise several times a day to stop the discoloration or swelling from bruises.
Remember that witch hazel might also be used in conjunction with other natural ingredients, like aloe vera, coconut oil and various herbs or essential oils.
Start Experiencing the Benefits of Witch Hazel
I use witch hazel in some of my DIY beauty recipes. Here are a few tutorials using witch hazel that you’ll want to check out: