It's mainly used externally on sores, bruises, and swelling. Witch hazel hydrosol is used in skin care. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent, which makes it very useful in fighting acne. It is often used as a natural remedy for psoriasis, eczema, aftershave applications, ingrown nails, to prevent sweating of the face, cracked or blistered skin, for treating insect bites, poison ivy, and as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It is found in numerous over-the-counter hemorrhoid preparations and it is recommended to women to reduce swelling and soothe wounds resulting from childbirth.
More ways to use Witch Hazel:
- Keep a spray bottle filled with witch hazel in your fridge this summer. Spritz to cool down, revive tired skin and soothe sunburns.
- For varicose veins, wrap a towel soaked in witch hazel around the area to tighten the veins and reduce pain and swelling.
- Use a cotton ball to dab on diaper rashes to relieve pain and heal the rash.
- Soak cotton balls in witch hazel and place them on your closed eyes for ten minutes to reduce puffiness.
- Vomiting or coughing up blood
- Colds and fevers