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Witch Hazel has an interesting history. According to Sixwise.com (they have a great newsletter!):
"The witch hazel that we're most familiar with in the U.S. usually comes in liquid form and, for many, conjures up images of a magic potion used to cure ailments or cast a spell. Others may simply know it as that stuff that's been sitting in grandma's medicine cabinet for years.
Witch hazel's many medicinal uses are quite real, however, and it is actually from a small shrub or tree found in Asia and several regions in the United States.
According to Harvard University, the early American colonists believed the branches of this tree could be used as divining rods, which are basically sticks used to search for underground water or minerals. A forked stick was usually used, and when it was held over ground that contained water or a desired mineral, the stem supposedly pulled downward. The old English word for pliable branches is "wych," which may be the real (though slightly less fun) reason why this member of the hazel family of plants is called "witch hazel" today."
They further state:
Witch hazel has long been used to treat eye inflammations, hemorrhoids, bites, stings and skin sores, diarrhea and dysentery, and a number of other conditions, according to Steven Foster, an author, photographer and consultant specializing in medicinal and aromatic plants.
Native Americans used it in poultices for swellings and tumors, and herbalists consider it to be one of the best plants to slow bleeding, both internally and externally.
Witch hazel can be used in a number of different ways:
"The most common form of witch hazel used in the United States today is witch hazel water, a mixture of the plant extract with alcohol added. An extract of pure witch hazel is also used as an astringent ingredient in many toiletry products."
For decades one of Fuller Brush's outstanding products has been Witch Hazel Lotion. Greaseless, easily absorbed, and with a slight refreshing fragrance, Witch Hazel Lotion can be used for dry or irritated skin, as a massage lotion for aches, pains and stiffness, to calm and heal sunburn, and as an aftershave lotion.
Witch Hazel Lotion is great for the whole family - children, men and women. After exercise and a hot bath or shower, apply this lotion to moisturize as well as soothe tired muscles. Great for achy or burning feet, too.
For an inexpensive but effective and
relaxing Home Facial: Add a few
tablespoons of herbs to a pot of boiling water. Remove the pot from the heat and
use a bath towel as a tent over your head. Allow the steam to rise into your
face for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water to remove dirt and
close pores. Pat dry and apply
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