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Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

Witch Hazel: Medical Uses Witch hazel may be used for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, sprains, bruises, muscle aches, scrapes, and sunburn. Historical Uses In folklore, witch hazel was used externally for inflammation and hemorrhoids. It is still available over the counter in pharmacies and is present in most home medicine chests. Growth Witch hazel is an ornamental tree with yellow flowers that have narrow petals. It grows wild in forests from Canada to Florida. Parts Used • Leaves • Bark Major Chemical Compounds • Tannins (found more in leaves than in bark) • Gallic acid • Bitters Witch Hazel: Clinical Uses Witch hazel may be used for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, sprains, bruises, muscle aches, scrapes, and sunburn. It is approved by the German Commission E for “minor skin injuries, local inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes, hemorrhoids and varicose veins”. Mechanism of Action Astringent properties result from tannins in the leaves and bark. They control bleeding and reduce inflammation. Witch Hazel: Dosage Undistilled or unrefined witch hazel: Use this form of witch hazel externally three to four times daily. It also may be used as a gel, an ointment, a lotion, or a salve. Decoction Read more […]