The scientific name of witch hazel is Hamamelis and has yellow to red orange flowers and is grown as an ornamental tree. The tree is around 8 meters tall and is found in North America. The extract derived from the bark and leaves have immense therapeutic benefits. It has been used for medicinal purpose by the Japanese, Chinese and the North Americans since ancient times. It has several health benefits .Some of the amazing health benefits of witch hazel are mentioned below.
Helps To Recover From Digestive Problems
Witch hazel has a soothing effect on the digestive tract and helps cure digestive disorders like dysentery and diarrhea. It can be consumed in the form of witch hazel tea to solve the digestive issues however it is important to seek doctor’s advice before consumption.
Useful In The Treatment Of Hemorrhoids
The anti inflammatory properties of witch hazel help in the treatment of hemorrhoids. It helps in giving relief from the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
Helps To Cure Sore Throat
Fresh witch hazel is useful in giving respite from sore throat. It helps reduce the inflammation and the itchy feeling in the throat. Take fresh witch hazel leaves and bark. Add it to water and boil for several minutes. Strain and let the solution cool down a bit. Drink the lukewarm solution to get relief from sore throat.
Good For Puffy Eyes
Since witch hazel has anti inflammatory properties it is useful in reducing the inflammation under the eyes and helps in giving relief from puffy eyes.
Useful Against Skin Infections
The anti inflammatory properties of witch hazel is useful in treating skin infections like psoriasis, eczema etc. Witch hazel not only helps reduce inflammation associated with these infections it also helps in reducing the redness and itching.
Useful In Treating Varicose Veins
Witch hazel is has polyphenols which help in the treatment of varicose veins .In lukewarm water add a little witch hazel extract and dip a clean cloth in it and place this cloth for few minutes on the varicose veins to get relief from the discomfort associated with varicose veins.
Useful Against Gingivitis
The anti inflammatory properties of witch hazel are useful in getting relief from swollen gums. Add a little clove oil to witch hazel tea and use this against gingivitis.
Useful In The Treatment Of Sprains And Wounds
The anti inflammatory and analgesic properties of witch hazel are useful in the treatment of sprains and wounds. They help in giving relief from the pain and inflammation.
Useful Against Colon Cancer
Witch hazel bark contains certain tannins which have anti cancer properties. Hence witch hazel is believed to be useful in the treatment of colon cancer.
Help To Moisturize The Skin
Witch hazel helps to maintain the moisture in the skin by trapping the moisture and hence it helps moisturize the skin.
Useful Against Diaper Rash
Since witch hazel has healing and soothing properties, witch hazel solution is found to give relief from diaper rash in babies.
Useful Against Poison Ivy And Poison Oak
The anti-inflammatory and healing properties of witch hazel are useful in the treatment of poison ivy and poison oak.
Useful Against Sunburns
Witch hazel not only helps give relief from sunburn it is also found to prevent the itching and peeling off of skin.
Helps To Reduce Dandruff And Scalp Irritation
With hazel is known to considerably reduce dandruff and flaking and also gives relief from irritation of the scalp and scalp infections.
Reduces Hair Fall
Witch hazel improves blood circulation in the scalp and helps reduce hair fall and helps make the hair voluminous.