The Uses and Advantages of Witch Hazel
Beauty products and remedies for acne or other type of skin products can range from normal lotions and oils to more creative products like mud masks, mayonnaise, or other house hold products. Our mothers and fathers have passed on age old ways to cure a zit or another type of skin imperfection. Do you use toothpaste to dry out your skin or avocados to moisturize it? A common house hold products that can be used as a beauty product among many other medical type reasons is witch hazel. It has been used for centuries and it has many uses. Here are different ways you can use witch hazel and the advantages it has for your skin.
Witch hazel was first used by North American Indians and the southern American area because it is made from a plant found in that area. Its early uses were to help stop hemorrhaging or internal bleeding, sprains, eye inflammation, skin inflammation, and tumors. The plant extract has been known for centuries that it is one of the best products to use an astringent.
One of the biggest advantages of witch hazel is that it is organic and is made from the plant extract so it can be used both internally and externally to treat ailments. You can drink it, gargle it in your throat or rinse your mouth with it, and use it as a douching liquid. You can find recipes for teas where you can add witch hazel which will probably make it taste better if you need to drink it for curing an upset stomach. Gargling it will help sore throats heel faster and feel better. Rinsing your mouth with it will act as an organic mouthwash.
Externally, you can use it to treat skin imperfections, cuts, veins, hemorrhoids, insect bites, and bruises. Whatever you need to treat, you just rub the witch hazel on the area. Most witch hazel you find at the drug store is made with alcohol which can dry out your skin or be too irritating. Depending on what you are using the product for you may not need the alcohol in it.
You can buy alcohol free witch hazel that is more effective for treating eczema or really dry skin, toning your skin, or cleaning a cut. The alcohol free is a better choice for kids because the alcohol can really hurt if you are cleaning a cut. If you aren’t treating acne but are using it for a beauty product on your face, I would recommend the alcohol free so that you won’t dry your skin. When treating burns or severely dry skin this is the best choice because most alcohol free witch hazels also have additives, like Aloe Vera or essential oil which help to moisturize. It can be used to tighten pores and tone your skin that will will make your skin have a beautiful glow.
This product should be kept in your home as a common household ingredient. In addition to treating skin imperfections, inflammation, or internal problems, there are other common uses for it. You can use the product to treat razor burn, alleviate pain from a wind or sun burn, taking off make up, and reducing the swelling from a pesky bug bite.