Witch hazel benefits are varied and many! When you realize that this distilled plant infusion has been sold in the U.S. for 150 years you know that there's a whole bunch of help in this inexpensive remedy!
Witch hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) is a small tree or shrub native to the eastern United States. It's just a little to cold to grow here in Minnesota but I would if I could! The parts used are the leaves, bark and sometimes small twigs. It's main claim to fame is it's astringent properties that help to reduce inflammation.
The Native Americans brewed a tea from witch hazel leaves and bark to treat mouth and throat irritations, reduce fever and relieve menstrual cramps but because the distilled witch hazel you can buy at your local drugstore is preserved with isopropyl alcohol it's for topical use only. Even so, witch hazel benefits are many!
So you have this bottle of witch hazel in your medicine cabinet, just what could you use it for? So many things! Just apply with a cotton ball, pad or piece of cotton fabric straight from the bottle!
WITCH HAZEL WILD WEST AFTERSHAVE RECIPE
1/2 cup witch hazel
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon whole allspice
Mix all together in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks, strain off the liquid and pour into a clean jar.
After shaving, pour a small amount into hands and pat on face.
Your cowboy will love you and smell awesome!
If you want a high quality, organic witch hazel
You can find it at Mountain Rose Herbs!
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Witch Hazel Benefits was found under First Aid