Witch Hazel: Not only for witches

In my previous post, Start A Natural First-Aid Kit, I touched on witch hazel as a natural disinfectant and anti itch remedy.  But after putting witch hazel on an unsightly growth on my back and watching that growth disappear after a few applications; I decided to devote a whole post to this wonder plant.

“Witch hazel, also known as winterbloom or spotted alder, is actually a flowering shrub common in North America. The leaves, bark, and twigs of witch hazel are high in tannins.” (1)  Tannins are a natural astringent found in many organic forms and produce a tightening and puckering of skin and taste buds. (2)  Witch Hazel is can be used internally as well as externally, by brewing the leaves into a tea; they have been known to help a sore throat, irritable bowel syndrome and diaherra(3).  Externally, witch hazel can just about do it all from help chicken pox stop itching to healing a sunburn to clearing up acne and hemorrhoids.

Witch hazel is very affordable and can be found in any drugstore or health food store.  As for my unsightly growth,  I am very happy it is gone and I didn’t have to go to the doctor to have it removed.  That alone proves that researching and looking to nature first can not only save you money but can be crucial to your health as well.

Sources and resources:

(1)http://www.moneycrashers.com/what-is-witch-hazel-uses-benefits/

(2)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin

(3)http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/witch-hazel-herbal-remedies.htm

http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel

 

Felicia

About Felicia

Hello, I am Felicia and I am one of the founding members of Health Now, Wealth Forever. When we came up with the concept of starting our family business, I was enthusiastic just to spend time working on a project with my family. But, as we have grown and expanded, my passion for educating myself and others - about alternative health options and changing the way we view finances and life - has taken over. While I admit I am not the healthiest of our group, I am working on it daily and hope that the articles I write help you to work on it with me. Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to open our minds and yours to an alternative way of look at health, wealth and life!

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