18 Clever Ways To Use Witch Hazel You Probably Wouldn’t Think OfTranslate

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Witch hazel was extensively used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes. Early Puritan settlers in New England adopted it from the natives and brought it to the United States. As people become more and more aware of and interested in herbal cures, the popularity of witch hazel began to rise.

GIGGAG put together a list of 18 uses of witch hazel that you may find interesting.

Get Rid Of dandruff

Get rid of dandruff

Witch hazel moisturizes your scalp and helps get rid of the flaky irritant. It also relieves a lot of the itching caused by dandruff. Just massage it into your scalp and use shampoo to rinse it off.

Treat Shaving Nicks And Cuts

Treat shaving nicks and cuts

Witch hazel soothes skin irritation caused by shaving and tightens the pores. Using witch hazel immediately after shaving can prevent the little red bumps that sometimes pop up after shaving. Additionally, it also will make your skin less oily.

Soothe A sore Throat

Soothe a sore throat

Witch hazel is believed to help those suffering from a sore throat by reducing swelling, decreasing pain, and drying the excess mucus.

Add one tsp of witch hazel to about 250 ml of water and bring it to a boil. Using this mixture as a mouthwash will provide relief to those suffering from a sore throat.

Uplift Mood

Uplift mood

Mix witch hazel with essential oils of your liking (peppermint, for example) to create a fragrance that will not only smell great but will improve your mood, as well. You can also apply this concoction to your bedding, furniture, and clothes. It will help you wake up fresh and full of positive energy.

Lighten Stretch Marks

Lighten stretch marks

Witch hazel is an excellent remedy for reducing stretch marks caused by tightly-stretched skin. Use witch hazel wipes over your stretched belly and breasts. It will help reduce stretch marks and will even out the skin tone.

Treat Sunburn

Treat sunburn

Sunburn is actually inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel are ideal for treating it. It will also help prevent skin peeling and flaking caused by sunburn.

Reduce Under-eye Bags

Reduce under-eye bags

Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and tighten the skin. This reduces puffiness and makes the under-eye bags less prominent. Apply a little witch hazel over the eyelid and a little under the eye and let the magic work.

Treat Oily Skin

Treat oily skin

Witch hazel is extremely efficient at removing dirt and oil from the skin. Also, by tightening the pores present in the skin, it controls oil production. Using it regularly will keep your skin healthy and free from bacteria that might otherwise accumulate.

Treat Blackheads

Treat blackheads

Witch hazel might prove handy in treating not just blackheads, but also whiteheads. Use it after you wash your face and you’ll notice a decrease in both blackheads and whiteheads. Since witch hazel also removes oil and dirt from your skin, it will help prevent blackheads from appearing.

Heal Bruises

Heal bruises

The anti-inflammatory and hemostatic properties of witch hazel make it an excellent choice for treating bruises and injuries. Soak a cotton ball or a piece of cloth in witch hazel and hold it against the bruise. Hold it for a couple of minutes and do this 2 to 3 times every day.

Soothe Diaper Rashes

Soothe diaper rashes

Witch hazel can soothe a diaper rash and can quicken the healing process of irritated skin. Using a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel, apply it gently to the baby’s skin. Since it is a strong astringent, it will also stop any bleeding by tightening the pores.

Fight Bad Breath

Fight bad breath

Because of its antibacterial properties, witch hazel can effectively neutralize odor-causing bacteria in the mouth, thus preventing bad mouth odor.

To make a mouthwash, mix one tbsp witch hazel, one tsp glycerin, and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil with about 3 oz of water.

Prevent Swimmer’s Ear

Prevent swimmer’s ear

Swimmer’s ear is a bacterial infection that occurs when the ears get wet while swimming. The antibacterial properties of witch hazel make it effective in inhibiting the growth of the infection. It will dry up any pus and will absorb the excess oil.

Do you know of any more uses of this wonder herb? Let us know in the comments below.

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