The benefits of Witch-Hazel

Witch-hazel is a shrub native to North America introduced in Europe for its many properties and regularly used in cosmetics today.

Identity:

  • Specific name : Hamamelis virginiana 

  • Other names: Hamamelis, Devil's coffee 

  • Botanical classification: Hamamelidaceae 
  • Forms et preparations: Dried leaves, herbal teas, capsules, infusions, mother tinctures...
     
  • Origins: North America

 What is Witch-Hazel? 

Native to North America, witch hazel was introduced to Europe only in the 18th century. Formerly used by the Indian of North America for its many properties, this deciduous shrub includes five species: three from North America, one from Japan and one from China. Witch-hazel has white or pink flowers with wavy petals and dark green oval leaves. It can reach up to 10 meters high, but its size often does not exceed 6 meters. It is particularly popular in humid areas on well-irrigated soils which contain abundant acids and humus.

The composition of Witch-Hazel: 

The witch-hazel's virtues are due in particular to the active ingredients present in the plant's leaves. There are astringent tannins, flavonoids, but also saponin, mucilages and vitamins P which give it its amazing benefits.

HThe properties of Witch-Hazel:

Witch hazel and more particularly, witch hazel water is used in cosmetics to soothe and tone hair. It can also help reduce anxiety and heavy leg manifestations.

How to us Witch-Hazel?

The properties of Hamamelis can be appreciated in various forms, the best known being infusions, capsules, decoctions and tinctures.

To consume it as an infusion, it is recommended to drink 1 to 3 cups a day by infusing a teaspoon of witch hazel leaves for about 15 minutes.

For a tincture, it is recommended to use between 3 to 4 ml of witch hazel 3 times a day.

In capsules, it is advisable to take between 1 to 3 capsules a day at the time of the meals and not exceed 6 capsules a day.

Finally, it is possible to appreciate the benefits of witch hazel in the form of a decoction by dipping about 30 grams of leaves in boiling water and infusing it for 15 to 30 minutes. It is then recommended to rest the preparation one night and drink the next day. For external use, it is possible to apply the cold preparation directly to the skin taking care to avoid mucous membranes and eyes.

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