Thursday, November 10, 2011

Beauty Pick: What is Witch Hazel Good For?

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The time is here where your face is dry and itchy and Witch Hazel is here to help. Witch Hazel (Hamamdis Virginana) is a shrub that is found in North America that has been used by the Native Americans for many years. Witch Hazel has been taught to me by the older women in my family to be used as a facial cleanser. If you have had a long night with the baby, studying, or just doing to much; a Witch Hazel compress to the rescue. Soak a clean wash rag in cold water with Witch Hazel for ten minutes and your eyes should return to bag- less puffy -less eyes. It helps with eliminating acne, controls blemishes and is a toner as well. It keeps your face moisturized and prevents skin dryness. Most of the beauty creams on the market have Witch Hazel as an ingredient, but it is often listed under another scientific name.

The healing properties are amazing with Witch Hazel with healing bruises and wounds faster. It also helps with achy muscles. If it is put on an insect bite it will reduce inflammation as well as itching. It can soothe razor burn; it can be applied before or after shaving. If you nick yourself while shaving the Witch Hazel will clean the cut and protect against infection.

Using Witch Hazel after a sun burn will speed up the healing time with preventing the scaling skin from peeling and flaking. If you continue to have dry patches on your skin just apply the Witch Hazel right after showering, the moisture soak right into your skin.

You can stumble across Witch Hazel at almost anywhere. Your local pharmacy stores, most grocery stores and if you still come up short in your area, you can buy online.

*Extra Picky Tip – Witch Hazel is good for a diaper rash, just apply with a cotton ball. *

As always check with your medical/health advisor before trying or using any herbal remedy. This is for informational purposes only, not to treat or cure any diseases.

Tested uses of Witch Hazel ~ Acne, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anxiety, athlete's foot, bruising, burns, cancer prevention, circulatory disorders, colds, colitis, dandruff, dermatitis, diaper rash, diarrhea, eczema, edema, eye disorders, fevers, headache, heavy menstrual bleeding, hemorrhage, herpes simplex virus, high blood sugar/glucose intolerance, itching, pain, gum disease, poison ivy, psoriasis, skin rash, tuberculosis, vaginal dryness, venereal disease, vomiting and wrinkle prevention.