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Though I had heard of witch hazel before, it wasn’t until I received a bottle from Kate that I realized the gem I had on my hands (thanks kate)! Augustine has had a pretty bad diaper rash recently, so I decided to use some of this on his bum (along with some Vaseline) and have been remarkably impressed with this natural remedy! Here are a few other facts (all taken from here) I have discovered about this wonderful herbal product.

  • -The formula is made from the leaves and bark of a tree that is naturally grown in the eastern and southern U.S., and can be taken internally as well as externally.
  • -Many aftershaves contain witch hazel for its antiseptic abilities against nicks and cuts, some eye drops contain witch hazel which helps heal an assortment of eye infections and sores, and assorted cosmetics also contain this healing ingredient.
  • -North American Indians used witch hazel to treat bruises, sprains, skin problems and internal injuries or bleeding.
  • -Today, witch hazel is used to treat eye injuries, suppress heavy menstrual flow, control minor pain and itching, and even as a UV protection. Witch hazel has healing and cleansing properties for a speedier recovery from burns, skin abrasions, dermatitis, and inflammation.
  • -Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.
  • -Wipe witch hazel on the beginnings of a diaper rash for relief and quicker healing.
  • -Use witch hazel on cracked, bleeding feet to prevent infection. Witch hazel is an all-natural way of treating boils and pimples, too.

Still not convinced that witch hazel is a phenomenal potion? Maybe it would help to know that it also helps against diarrhea, tumors, mucous colitis, dry mouth, dandruff, sunburn and to stop minor bleeding. Use witch hazel as a mouth rinse and gargle to soothe sores on the inside of the mouth, gums, tongue and throat. Rub on baby’s gums to reduce pain and swelling during teething.

**Just make sure you note that some bottles of witch hazel are noted only for external use.

I am a fan of more natural remedies, which ones do you use?

Thanks for reading!

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