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Why do people use witch hazel?

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People often use it as an astringent, which draws tissue together and constricts blood vessels. People also apply witch hazel to the skin for a variety of problems, such as:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Injury
  • Insect bites
  • Bruises and minor burns
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids

From: Witch Hazel: Uses and Risks WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dweck, A. Ethnobotanical Use of Plants, Part 4: The American Continent.

MacKay, D. , April 2001. Alternative Medicine Review

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Witch Hazel."

Thring, T. , 2009. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Reuter, J. , November 2010. Journal of the German Society of Dermatology

Wolff, H. , September 2007. European Journal of Pediatrics

FDA: "Rulemaking History of OTC Skin Protectant Drug Products."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Dweck, A. Ethnobotanical Use of Plants, Part 4: The American Continent.

MacKay, D. , April 2001. Alternative Medicine Review

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Witch Hazel."

Thring, T. , 2009. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Reuter, J. , November 2010. Journal of the German Society of Dermatology

Wolff, H. , September 2007. European Journal of Pediatrics

FDA: "Rulemaking History of OTC Skin Protectant Drug Products."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 22, 2017

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