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.
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EYE PUFFINESS:

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.

SUNBURN RELIEF:

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.

DEODORANT:

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.

Aftershave:

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.

INSECT BITES:

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.

CLEANING:

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.

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