Scientific name: Hamamelis virginiana (Hamamelidaceae)
Witch hazel is beneficial mainly externally for the skin and veins. It has been used in the past making a decoction with the bark to treat tumors and inflammation, especially of the eye. Internally it has been used for hemorrhaging as well as heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Fresh leaves
- Dried leaves
- Young twigs
- Fresh bark
- Dried bark
- Volatile oil (leaves)
- Stops external and internal bleeding
- Strengthens/repairs veins and damaged blood vessels
(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)
- Eczema, bug bites, and skin rashes: use distilled witch hazel where skin has not been significantly broken open
- Hemorrhoids: ointment made of the bark or distilled witch hazel can be applied twice per day
- Facial, varicose, spider veins, and bruises: apply a bark tincture or distilled witch hazel once or twice every day. Visible results may take up to 2 weeks.
- Cysts and tumors: apply a lotion to the area daily
How to Grow
This tree is seen in Canada, eastern US, and parts of Europe.
- Cuttings and seeds are planted in the Fall
Put em in the ground
- Gather leaves in the summer to dry
- Harvest bark in the Fall, and dry quickly