Witch Hazel is magical. Ancient sources say it was used by witches to heal all sorts of remedies; hence, the name. Native Americans used it as a staple healing item, and your ancestors probably wouldn’t have looked nearly as good without it.
Modern science is determined to undermine my belief in Witch Hazel’s magic by labeling it as an “astringent.” It tightens skin tissue, which allows it to heal faster.
You can find this little solution in almost any drugstore for under $5 a bottle. Once you have it, here are eight ways you can use it.
This is the number one reason I use Witch Hazel. The moment I see a spot pop up on my face, I get out a cotton swab and Witch Hazel and dab that sucker. The Witch Hazel not only heals the pimple faster, it also keeps it from itching so you’re less likely to scratch at it and make it bleed.
You can also use it as a preventative measure. By soaking a cloth in Witch Hazel and wiping your face twice a day, most breakouts can be prevented.
2. Make Your Eyes Shine!
If you have the tendency to wake up with bags under your eyes, just soak a cloth in Witch Hazel and water and press it under your eyes for 10-15 minutes. This works great in reducing puffiness after crying too!
3. Heal Bruises
If you’re clumsy like me, you’ve probably got more than a few unsightly bruises on your arms and legs. Just dab a bit of Witch Hazel on the spot with a cotton ball or soak it with a cloth dipped in Witch Hazel a few times a day, and the bruise will be gone in no time.
4. Stop Bleeding from Nicks and Cuts
Honestly, I use Witch Hazel for this all the time. I’m always hurting myself in little ways. Seriously, I got a severe paper cut from putting away files the other day. For this, I dip a cotton swab in Witch Hazel and press it over the bleeding area until it stops, then dab up any extra moisture with the other side of the swab. It’s the quickest, easiest, most sanitary way to deal with annoying little cuts.
5. Smooth Bumps
You know those little bumps you get on your legs after shaving or waxing? Yeah, Witch Hazel can fix that too. Soak a cloth in Witch Hazel and water and place it on the affected area. Even if the bumps don’t completely disappear, the Witch Hazel will at least soothe them and make you feel better.
6. Prevent and Reduce Razor Burn
Before going in the shower, rub some Witch Hazel on your legs and it should prevent that rash you get from shaving. If not, just put a cloth soaked in Witch Hazel and water on your legs afterwards, and the rash should disappear completely.
7. Soothe Bug Bites
Good for mosquito bites, spider bites, and other nasties, just dab a cotton ball dipped in Witch Hazel on it a few times a day to to reduce itchiness and swelling. Personally, I live in a place where there are no bitey bugs, but let me know if this one works for you! I’ve read it’s one of the most effective uses.
8. Moisturize Skin
Witch Hazel locks in moisture, so if you apply it right after showering, it will keep your skin soft and smooth all day long. You can even use it on your face, since it’s all-natural and not oily, it will make you glow but not shine.
Do you have any other uses for witch hazel? Stories? Magical fairytales? Comment below!