The health benefits of the Witch Hazel herb have been known for a long time for their astringent and antiphlogistic properties.
Witch hazel is a deciduous shrub or a small tree that is typically found in the Eastern areas of the United States, Canada and Europe. It usually grows up to 15 feet in height. The upper surface of the tooth-like witch hazel leaves is shiny green but the bottom surface is gray. It sheds the leaves for some time during the year. The witch hazel bark, on the other hand, is gray to brownish in color. The witch hazel flowers are yellowish in color.
The following are the active constituents of witch hazel: ascorbic acid, choline, gallic acid, isoquercitrin, kaempferol, phenol, quercitin, safrole, and others. These can be found in the leaves and bark of the witch hazel plant.
Witch hazel tea is typically made by placing 1 teaspoon of the combined leaves and bark in one pint of boiling water. Cover the container and let the mix simmer and stand for about 45 minutes.
Some health benefits attributed to this tea are below:
- May assist in treating diarrhea and dysentery
- Believed to relieve sore throats
- May aid in the treatment of various respiratory ailments
- May help stop various types of bleeding, such as excessive menstruation, bleeding gums, as well as lung and uterine bleeding
- When applied topically, may help heal blisters, burns, cuts and wounds
- Thought to help in the treatment of various inflammations and swellings of the skin
- Believed to help in the treatment of varicose veins
- Said to be helpful against hemorrhoids
- When applied as a vaginal douche may help heal vaginitis