HOW TO: Make and Use Witch Hazel!

How To Use Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel has been used for hundreds of years to treat cuts, bruises, rashes, and much more! There are SO many different ways that you can use witch hazel not only for your body, but for your home as well!

The Many Uses of Witch Hazel
Who knew that there are so many different ways to use witch hazel! It is so diverse in what it can be used for... Here are different ways that you can use this amazing witch hazel astringent!

Facial Cleansing: Witch hazel has the ability to clean skin pores and dry up excessive oil, without leaving your skin too dry! The tanning content in witch hazel has strong astringent and antioxidant properties, making it great for acne treatment as well!

Soothing Qualities: The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop irritated bumps from forming on your skin, say after shaving, and many pharmacists refer to witch hazel as nature's Neosporin! If you pour a nice amount of witch hazel over a cut or sore and allow it to dry, just add a bandage and you're all set! Witch hazel just cleaned your cut out for you...naturally!!

Bags Under the Eyes: Witch hazel helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess under your eyes!

Treat Poison Ivy and Oak: Just like blemishes, the witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling of the skin after coming in contact with poison ivy or poison oak!

Household Cleaner: Yea that's right, you can even use it to clean your home! Witch hazel can be comined with lemon juice and baking soda to create an exo-friendly cleaner for your bathrooms!

Scars and Stretch Marks: Witch hazel has often been used by pregnant women to prevent stretch marks, but it's also used to help minimize the look of scars. 

Jewelry Cleaner: Just dab a little on a cotton ball for a nice, gentle way to clean your jewelry! 

Bruise Easily?: Apply witch hazel to your bruises 3 times a day to make them go away faster!

Air Freshener: Witch hazel can really do it all! You can make it into an air freshener and here's how:
-1/2 cup of witch hazel
-1 cup of water
-Essential oil drops for scent (like lavender, eucalyptus, etc,)
-Put into a spray bottle and you're done! It's that simple!

How To: Making Your Own Witch Hazel Astringent 
If you have a witch hazel shrub, extracting the useful part from the stems of the shrub can be done. It takes some time, but it is so worth it when you see how much you can actually do with it!

  1. Prune one pound of fresh twigs from the shrubs as soon as they flower. 
  2. Strip off the leaves and flowers and chop the twigs into a coarse mulch using pruning clippers. 
  3. Place the twigs in a large, stainless steel pot.
  4. Cover the twigs with distilled water and bring to a boil.
  5. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to simmer, then cover and cook them for at least 8 hours. Add water as needed so that all the "mulch" is covered.
  6. After cooking, allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. 
  7. Pour the witch hazel tonic through a funnel containing a cheesecloth filter so that none of the twigs can pass through. 
  8. Use what you've made within a week, unless it is kept refrigerated! For room temperature storage, you can preserve your mixture by adding 9 ounces of vodka or other grain alcohol to every 23 ounces of your mixture. 


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