Witch Hazel, also known as winderbloom in North America, is a liquid derived from witch hazel shrubs or smaller-sized trees. Most commonly, the substance is used medicinally on the skin for various uses. There are 3 known species of witch hazel, one of which is found in Japan. It is a simple, natural product that can do wonders for the skin.
-On skin, dab a cotton ball in the witch hazel and rub onto the affected area.
-For the throat, mix witch hazel (3-4 drops) with warm salt water and gargle/spit.
-For varicose veins, soak towel in witch hazel and put towel onto the affected area for roughly 20-30 minutes a day.
As always, it is important to consult with your doctor before ingesting anything new. In some cases, it may cause minor skin irritation. Make sure you don’t have any allergies to the product. Pregnant women or women who are breast-feeding should also consult with a physician before using or ingesting.