Witch Hazel is surprisingly versatile. The liquid we are familiar with comes from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch-hazel plant. It was used by American Indians for medicinal purposes, and it continues to make an appearance in many commercial health products. I’ve put a list together of some less-obvious ways to utilize Witch Hazel. I hope you find a useful idea!
1. One Good Thing by Jillee posted directions for making Witch Hazel deodorant.With her easy instructions, you can make a simple and natural spray-on deodorant out of Witch Hazel. And by adding essential oils, you can give it any scent you please.
2. Indian Beauty Spot recommends using Witch Hazel to prevent razor burn. Mix it with rose water and tea tree essential oil for a lovely spray that will help your legs look perfectly smooth. No more rashes & bumps!
3. The Drugstore Princess recommends dabbing Witch Hazel on a sunburn to prevent peeling. Not only is this great for your skin, but this remedy will also sooth your sunburn. Win-Win!
4. Pop Sugar posted a recipe for an after-bug-bite treatment made out of Witch Hazel that will help reduce itches and stings from insects. You can dab this on stings, or you could pour it into a hot tub of water for a soothing bath.
5. Mixer 2 Mower explains that Witch Hazel can reduce swelling and alleviate itching associated with poison oak and poison ivy. Itches and rashes from these plants can be very painful, so keeping Witch Hazel on hand is a great idea.
6. Pop Sugar suggests using a Witch Hazel cream as a natural Neosporin alternative. Not only is it great for cuts, it also helps relieve diaper rashes and athlete’s foot. You’ll definitely want to whip up a batch of this magical cream!
7. Mixer 2 Mower recommends using Witch Hazel to treat a sore throat. Without swallowing the witch hazel, gargle it in your mouth. This will help with inflammation and soreness. Make sure you brush your teeth afterwards!
8. Dog Aware recommends using a mixture of Witch Hazel, aloe vera gel, and lavender oil to clean your dog’s ears. This should be used at least weekly on your dog to keep it’s ears squeaky clean!
9. One Good Thing by Jillee recommends dabbing some witch hazel on sores in your mouth to prevent cold sore blisters.
10. If you’ve got a dry scalp you want to get rid of, eHow recommends spraying your head with a mixture of water and Witch Hazel to get rid of dandruff. After shampooing, spray a little on your scalp and let it sit. After conditioning, wash out your hair as usual!
11. DIY Natural recommends cleaning your jewelry with a combination of Witch Hazel, tea tree oil, and baking soda. Their recipe for jewelry cleaner will help your favorite pieces to shine–and it’s all natural!
12. One Good Thing by Jillee recommends using Witch Hazel to reduce scars & stretch marks from childbirth. It can be used both before and after childbirth to help skin ease and then tighten. Plus it’s very soothing.
13. Shwin & Shwin posted instructions for making your own skin brightening toner out of Witch Hazel, lemon juice, and water. Just put these ingredients in a bottle, and you’ve got a homemade & natural facial product that really works!
14. One Good Thing by Jillee suggests using Witch Hazel to make your own eyeglass cleaner. A few drops of this mixture and a microfiber cloth will leave your glasses shining & sparkling in no time.
15. Mixer 2 Mower suggests using Witch Hazel to treat acne. Witch Hazel is a natural anti-bacterial that will clean your face and prevent grimy build-up. Use it twice a day to clear up acne, and once per day after your face is healed.