For hundreds of years Dowsers have been using a forked twig from witch hazel trees as divining rods to locate water and minerals in the Earth. The ‘witch’ in the name witch hazel comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning “to bend.” Witch hazel has a strong astringent action and is effective in stopping bleeding both internally and externally. It reduces swelling and inflammation from bruises, hemorrhoids and helps relieve varicose veins. Witch hazel is widely used as an astringent skin cleanser, body lotion, aftershave, massage liquid for body and scalp, and as an aid in setting hair. The extract is also used for insect bites and sunburn. For various vein maladies, make a strong decoction (tea), combining equal parts witch hazel, bayberry bark, cayenne pepper and prickly ash bark. Moisten a soft cloth and apply warm over the varicose veins twice daily, each time leaving the warm, moist cloth on for at least thirty minutes.
Witch Hazel Leaf (Hamamelis virginiana),
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Witch Hazel Leaf can provide relief for: • Internal Bleeding (stops) • Hemorrhages • Hemorrhoids • Inflammation (external) • Insect Bites • Mucous membranes • Bed Sores • Sunburn • Varicose Veins • Wounds