WITCH HAZEL


WITCH HAZEL: “The Herb Even Doctors Use”

Astringent, Swelling

Also Known As: Hamamelis, Hazelnut, Snapping and Winterbloom

HISTORY:

More than a million gallons of witch hazel are sold each year in the United States alone, which makes it one of the nation’s most widely used healing herb. Witch hazel can be found on any pharmacy shelf today and is also used for sore throats and tooth pain inflammation.

PREPARATION:

  • Decoction:

Boil water for 10 minutes and add 1 teaspoon of powdered leaves or twigs. Strain and cool. Mix into an ointment or apply directly.

To use as a gargle for a sore throat, use 1 teaspoon of bark per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and then strain.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Grow seeds, twigs or cuttings in moist rich, sandy, or peaty soil. It can tolerate a poorer soil and only partial shade is needed under full sun. Harvesting can be done anytime.

SAFETY:

Witch hazel is considered safe when used in proper amounts.