Uses for witch hazel
Witch hazel is a cheap product that has multiple uses. Maybe you have a bottle of it in your cabinet collecting dust. Many people use it as an astringent/facial toner a couple of times and then put it away and forget about it. How have you used it?
Here are a few suggestions.
Apply witch hazel to a cotton ball and apply under your eyes or soak a washcloth with witch hazel and cold water and use it as a compress under your eyes to reduce bagginess.
Apply witch hazel to a washcloth and apply to skin to sooth a sunburn. It has anti-inflammatory properties and provides temporary relief to prevent peeling and flaking. Or add a few tea bags, 2 cups of Epsom salt or several drops of lavender or peppermint essential oils to a cool-water bath and soak in the tub. When you get out, you can apply some witch hazel to your skin.
You can make your own deodorant. Simply dab your armpits with a cotton ball soaked with witch hazel. One reader, Ali from Indiana, shares: “I make homemade deodorant. I have such an awful time with regular deodorant. It makes me itch!” Here’s her recipe.
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
drops of essential oil
Mix in a spray bottle. Spray it on a cloth and wipe on.
You can make your own. Another reader, Misty from Indiana, shares: “For those of you who want to make something for the men in your life, try making homemade aftershave. It is simple and inexpensive to make.
1/4 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup distilled water
3 drops benzoin oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup dried herbs and/or a few drops of your favorite essential oils, such as lavender; crushed herbs, such as rosemary, lavender and sage; citrus, such as orange or lemon peels; or spices, such as cinnamon or cloves.
Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Cover and place in cool, dark place. Shake the jar once or twice a day for two weeks. Strain through a colander and refrigerate.” Splash on after shaving. It soothes razor burn, too.
Apply to affected area of skin with a cotton ball. It takes away the itching and inflammation/swelling.
MINOR CUTS AND BRUISES:
Apply to the skin. Much like with insect bites and minor sunburns, it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and aids in healing.
Use it on chrome, glass and mirrors or to clean jewelry. You can also use 1/2 cup witch hazel, 1 cup of water and about 15 drops of essential oil such as lavender, grapefruit, eucalyptus or cedar, combine it in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener or for countertops, too. Witch hazel on a cotton ball works well to remove hair dye stains on skin, too.
OILY HAIR AND ITCHY SCALP:
Combine 1 part witch hazel to 2 parts water and add a few drops of essential oil and massage into hair and scalp. Rinse.