Facial cleanser, acne treatment, and cleaning solution. No, this isn’t our bizarre shopping list. Instead, these are just a few of the many different ways you can use witch hazel.
Witch hazel is extracted from the North American Witch Hazel shrub — or Hamamelis virginiana. In recent years, it has carved quite a name for itself and one only has to look at its many uses to see that the reputation is well-earned.
Need more convincing? That’s alright because, today, we’re going to share the different ways you can use witch hazel and you can decide for yourself.
1. Facial cleanser/toner
Witch hazel is often used as a natural facial cleanser and toner. For the most part, this is because it does an excellent job controlling excess oil and reducing oil buildup on your face.
All you have to do is to pour a tad bit of witch hazel onto a cotton pad and gently wipe it across your face.
2. Acne treatment
If you’re suffering from acne, you’ll know that it’s painful, frustrating, and just the bane of existence. In that case, you’ll be glad to know that witch hazel could be extremely helpful in treating acne.
Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties fight bacteria and help to clear up the skin. Plus, it acts as an astringent — drying out blemishes and shrinking pores.
3. Treatment for sunburn
When the sun’s out and the weather is nice, it’s extremely easy to forget about everything except how wonderful life is.
Sunscreen? We don’t know the word.
But, this momentary lapse could lead to painful consequences — sunburns. Luckily, you’ll find that witch hazel is ready to swoop in and take away the pain.
Thanks to its rich content of tannins — a natural compound that helps to reduce inflammation — it can alleviate sunburns and reduce redness.
You can mix witch hazel with some aloe vera and apply it to the affected area for some quick and effective relief. Reapply where necessary.
4. Insect repellent and heals bug bites
If you find yourself under attack by pesky insects that simply won’t stop bugging you, it’s time to arm yourself with witch hazel.
You can use it as an insect repellent as it’s safe on the majority of surfaces — including your skin. Simply mix equal parts of water with witch hazel in a spray bottle and get to work. Alternatively, you can also add in lemongrass essential oil for a more powerful concoction.
Meanwhile, to soothe bug bites, dab some witch hazel on the inflamed area. This should also alleviate the itchiness.
5. Soothe scalp irritation and sensitivity
Thanks to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is also used to reduce a range of scalp-related issues such as sensitivity, dryness, dandruff, and more.
To experience the wonders of witch hazel, apply a few drops to your scalp and massage it in before washing your hair.
6. Cleaning solution
Feel like a cleaning spree coming your way? Grab yourself some witch hazel. Its cleansing properties will leave surfaces sparkling clean — including jewelry!
Simply combine witch hazel with some water and you’re ready to take on the task.
With its versatility and many uses, it’s no wonder that witch hazel is a must-have for many.