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        Witch Hazel has been used by the Native Americans in the form of a decoction. Decoctions are made by boiling roots and barks for an extended period of time. They used it following the belief that it could benefit swellings, inflammations, sores, bruises, and even tumors. It's reported to contain antioxidants! (See my citations) Other possible applications for this incredible plant include: psoriasis, eczema, aftershave applications, ingrown nails, to prevent sweating of the face, cracked or blistered skin, for treating insect bites, poison ivy, and as a potential natural aid for varicose veins and hemorrhoids(yikes!).


Tincture

Tinctures are another method for using Witch Hazel. To make a tincture, all you need is the plant material and some high proof liquor, like everclear. You want at least 75% alcohol. Soak the herb in the alcohol for a minimum duration of at least one month. It's advised to shake the mixture from time to time. The final product can be filtered through a cheese cloth and stored in glass tincture bottles with droppers. Store in a dark, cool place. Tinctures extract both polar and non-polar constituents. Mastering the art of synergy is something herbalists seek to accomplish. For example, Hamamelis virginiana goes great with Licorice.


It's also made into a tea by alternative practitioners for deailng with diarrhea(yikes~!) in children. A series of phytochemicals known as "tannins" are what's thought to give it its medicinal properties. I personally don't believe that ONE particular constituent has all the benefits, as this is the ideaology of pharmaceuticals. Plants contain many phytochemicals which produce a wide range of potential pharmacological potential, according to research. The leaf is preferred by those with allergic symptoms while the bark is more suitable for those without allergy and in dealing with vascular weakness. Witch Hazel is an active ingredient in many over the counter medications. It can also be used topically ( applied externally to skin ). I also like to mix it with a mucilage containing plant called Linden.


Over-the-counter products that contain chemicals naturally produced by plants are very common. Some examples include: listerine, vicks vapo-rub, topical medicines for bee stings, etc. You can read the ingredient labels on the back of these over-the-counter medications. There, you will see the name of synthetic compounds that originate from nature. Most of the time you will see a plant extract in the ingredient list. Ethnobotanicals are significant not only to religious, but to industry as well. I encourage everyone to stock up on heirloom seeds of these strains, and keep them away from terminator pollen. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the shops I promote here on the site.


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