Witch Hazel. Simple, Magical & Cheap!
by Angie, R.N.
Simple, magical, cheap, for sale everywhere, and most people have no idea they are using it every day. It is actually just a small ornamental schrub with yellow or orange flowers, but it packs a hefty punch in its many medical uses.
I first ran across it 40 years ago when it was recomended for use as a cleaning agent for a baby’s tender buns. I next ran across it 20 years later when I had a raging case of poison ivy – all over. I tore through my bathroom putting everything I found on my bleeding blisters, but with no results. I sat down on my toilet seat as the tears of frustration started rolling down my blistered cheeks, and there on the floor, where I had thrown it, was this beautiful clear bottle of fluid. Witch hazel!
Well I didn’t know anything about it except for it’s use on babys backside, but I was desperate for relief from the itching. So, I splashed it here, I splashed it there, I splashed it everywhere. AHHHH, blessed relief. Not only did it give me immediate relief, but within days my poison ivory was cured.
I have been using it for many years now, and it always works. In the years that have followed it has come more into it’s own and more uses have been found. These uses include: as an aftershave (has a light captivating smell), stop BUG BITES from itching, hemorrhoids (sold as expensive pads), dries up acne (works wonders), sunburns, cold sores, psoriases, and poison oak.
Use it to clean oily skin, remove make up, or pour it into your foot bath – it’s very refreshing for tired , smelly feet. Make your own lemon toner:
- 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1cup filtered water, 2/3 cup witchazel. Mix and put into a clean bottle. Will keep in refrigerator for 3 weeks.
Wander into your local health food store for teas, creams and lotions for rough hands. Don’t be a stranger to the wonderful world of plants, after all aspirin is bark from a tree and see how great that turned out!