Witch Hazel (hamamelis virginiana)

Hamamelis virginiana, known as common witch hazel, is a fall-blooming, deciduous shrub or small tree that is native to woodlands, forest margins and stream banks in eastern North America. Fertilised flowers will form fruit over a long period extending through winter and into the following growing season.

Perhaps of interest, “Witch hazel” was used in England as a synonym for Wych Elm, or Ulmus Glabra. The use of the twigs as divining rods, just as hazel twigs were used in England, may also have, by folk etymology, influenced the “witch” part of the name.

Witch hazel is an astringent that is often used as a natural topical remedy. It contains several compounds with potent anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, which may be useful in treating a variety of conditions ranging from acne and scalp sensitivity to haemorrhoids.

As a natural cleanser and toner, witch hazel contains isoproply alcohol, a natural disinfectant, which can reduce bacteria growth on the skin, and speed up the time needed to heal infections or scabs. Another benefit is that it reduces the appearance of pores (although no product can actually shrink pores) and can help to stop the development of blackheads and blemishes.

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