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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Wonderful Witch hazel

witch hazel

I became acquainted with witch hazel after the birth of my first child. It was part of my postpartum care package. The healing power of witch hazel is absolutely amazing. It is both soothing and healing. It helps to heal the wound site and applied to hemorrhoids aids in shrinking the painful tissues. It has both anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Our earliest recording indicate it was first used by Mohegan Indians The American settler learned from watching the Indians use various herbs and plants and began to experiment with it themselves.

Use it after shaving to stanch bleeding and soothe the skin; after a sunburn to aid in healing and to soothe the pain; in a gargle for a sore throat, aid in acne treatment, anti-aging and in treatment of wrinkles. It is also used to sooth insect bites, bumps, bruises and rashes and even has been found helpful in the treatment of herpes. 

1.) Do you keep witch hazel in your medicine cabinet?

2.) What's your secret weapon in your first aid kit?

This post linked to two questions Thursday and Alphabe-Thursday. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


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myfluffybunnies April 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM  

Oh, witch hazel! Wonderful stuff ... and my very best friend after three intense deliveries.

VBR April 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM  

I like witch hazel too. It's great for the skin. I have used it since I was a kid.
And, those little tassely flowers on the trees are kind of cute too!

Don't laugh, but I actually have a bottle of Bactine in the cabinet all the time. I know it's old fashioned but I like it!

Jim April 25, 2013 at 5:33 PM  

Hi Judy ~~ I didn't know what witch hazel looked like until I saw your picture of the plant (or tree?).

1.) I have never seen witch hazel, let alone keep in my medicine cabinet. I guess I can buy it at the drug store. It seems to be a sauve??

2.) Our travel first aid kit always has band-aids, tape, bacitracin, both aspirin and tolenol, alkezelter, sun screen, and something for sunburn. Probably more stuff sneaks in there.

Should I carry witch hazel?

Rocky Mountain Woman April 25, 2013 at 6:31 PM  

I always have it around, along with calamine lotion. It seems that someone usually has a rash around here...

Self Sagacity April 25, 2013 at 11:37 PM  

I need a lot of witch hazel then! I didn't know it has that much curing possibilities. Now where can I get witch hazel?
1) I don't know where to buy the real witch hazel that you describe above. I think a lot of the products would list witch hazel in the ingredients, but it is not pure 100% witch hazel. So do I need 100% pure witch hazel to work?
2)I think for me it's tums, and neosporin- I use neo for everything.

storybeader April 26, 2013 at 7:46 AM  

that is so interesting. I'll be looking for it in the health food store! {:-Deb

Peg April 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM  

Hmmm... I've heard of witch hazel but never had any. I'm like some of the other commenters and don't know what is made from the plant.

Jenny May 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM  

I actually don't keep Witch Hazel on hand but it is really Wonderful stuff...

I think the Wildest, Wackiest thing I use is wet tea bags to sooth insect bites or for toothaches...

Perfect Word for the letter W...

Thanks for linking.


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