Witch hazel is a topical astringent made from the bark and leaves of Hamamelis virginiana, the North American witch hazel shrub. The high concentrations of tannins in witch hazel make it a great astringent, and it’s been used for years as a natural remedy for a number of common issues.
If witch hazel isn’t already in your home, here are 10 reasons why it should be!
1. It Removes Stubborn Makeup
Removing makeup can be easier said than done. Sticky or resistant makeup can be difficult to remove completely. Thanks to the astringent properties in witch hazel, it can help remove even the most stubborn makeup residue to help prevent breakouts.
2. It Heals Cuts and Scrapes
Witch hazel is often used with antiseptics like alcohol to clean cuts and scrapes. It may cause an initial sting, but it will almost instantly relieve the pain from a small injury. It also encourages the skin to contract, which helps to slow bleeding and jumpstart the healing process.
3. It Helps Destroy Dandruff
Dandruff occurs when the skin on your scalp begins to flake. While people with dry and brittle hair should avoid witch hazel, those with oily hair can use it to remove excess skin and oil from the hair before shampooing, to help get rid of dandruff.
4. It Relieves Itchy Skin
If you’re suffering from chicken pox or eczema, adding witch hazel to Aloe Vera can be soothing and provide itch relief. It can also help to encourage sores to close and heal. Witch hazel can even help relieve itchy skin from bug bites.
5. It Removes Smudges
If you set your glass down in something sticky, witch hazel can help. It’s also effective at clearing up everyday smudges, without leaving streaks behind. Streaks from soap and water or a microfiber cloth can be removed using witch hazel.
6. It Shines Tarnished Jewelry
If you have silver jewelry that seems to be tarnishing, try using witch hazel to touch it up! It’s also great for solid silver or bronze items that need some shine, but avoid using it on plated jewelry and soft stones.
7. It Heals Diaper Rash
Homemade baby wipes can be made using witch hazel and Aloe Vera. It’s great for the skin. Witch hazel also works for diaper rash. Keep a small bottle and some organic cotton balls in your child’s diaper bag for a quick rash remedy.
8. It Reduces Puffy Eyes
If you often wake up with puffy eyes after a night of restless sleep, witch hazel can help. The astringent properties can encourage the inflammation and swelling to go down, brightening and smoothing the puffy skin around your eyes.
9. It Relieves Bruises
Witch hazel can help reduce the appearance and pain of a bruise. Use a witch hazel compress once a day for a few days to help the bruise disappear.
10. It Can be Used for Natural Skin Care
Witch hazel can help with a variety of skin conditions. It’s often recommended for soothing dry skin, along with cleaning pores that can clog overnight. Try dipping an organic cotton ball in some witch hazel and cleansing your face with it to remove excess dirt and oil before bed.