Witch hazel uses are profound. It is used in making beauty, household, and medicinal products because of its extraordinary properties.
Witch hazel is a flowering shrub grown mostly in North America, Japan, and some parts of Canada. Its leaves, twigs, and barks are useful for medicinal purposes.
Witch Hazel uses
The powerful medicinal properties of witch hazel make it useful for the treatment of various skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, inflammation, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and burns.
Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties which makes it an extraordinary and unique plant.
It is also a great astringent which is why it is an active ingredient in most beauty products such as toners and lotions.
Here are the 32 extraordinary Witch hazel uses and benefits.
1. Witch hazel uses in Reducing under-eye puffiness
Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties make it excellent for reducing swelling under tired eyes.
Soak a cotton ball in witch hazel, close your eyes and hold the pad over the eyes and massage gently for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Do not let witch hazel come in direct contact with your eyes, but in case it accidentally gets into your eyes, and rinse thoroughly with plain water.
It will help tighten the skin around the affected areas and reduce the puffiness.
2. Witch hazel uses for Reducing scalp irritation and dandruff
It helps to relieve skin irritation and dandruff on the scalp. A 2014 study, found a shampoo containing witch hazel to be useful for the reduction of scalp irritation and sensitivity.
Adding witch hazel to your shampoo can, therefore, cleanse your scalp and help relieve scalp irritation caused by dandruff or flaking.
In addition to this, Witch hazel moisturizes helps to retain moisture in the scalp and prevent dandruff.
3. Witch hazel uses as a skin toner
It is a great toner especially for oily or sensitive skin since it tends to dry the skin without irritating it. It helps clean and unclogs skin pores which aid in the removal of dirt but at the same time tightens it.
Witch hazel toner also helps restore and balance the skin’s ph.
It is also great for aftershave since it helps prevent and relieve inflammation commonly experienced after shaving.
In addition to this, it helps soothe razor burns and cuts that irritate the hair follicles as a result of shaving.
Wash and dry your face thoroughly, after that dab witch hazel all over your face using a clean cotton ball.
Let the toner stay on your face for about ten minutes, rinse, and then moisturize it.
Use pure Witch hazel that does not contain alcohol to avoid over-drying and irritating your skin.
4. Witch hazel uses for reducing stretch marks and scars.
As an astringent, witch hazel is commonly used by pregnant women to prevent stretch marks. Moreover, it helps to tighten stretch marks and loose skin hence improve their appearance.
Apply witch hazel to scars and the areas affected by stretch marks such as the belly and breasts to make them less visible.
5. Use Witch hazel to moisturizer oily skin
Use witch hazel, Aloe Vera, and essential oils to make a homemade moisturizer for oily skin.
Read about my homemade oily, acne prone face moisturizer.
An acne moisturizer containing witch hazel helps reduce oil and acne breakout on acne-prone skin. It helps soothe and reduce irritations caused by acne.
Apply it topically on the skin after you have cleaned it to retain and lock in moisture.
6. Witch hazel uses for relieving the discomfort caused by varicose veins
Varicose veins can be so painful and uncomfortable as a result of swelling.
Applying witch hazel to the affected areas can help tighten the veins, reduce swelling and pain.
It helps strengthen the blood vessels which helps improve the appearance of the veins.
Dab some witch hazel on the affected areas on the skin and leave to dry. Apply it at least once or twice a day for relief.
7. Witch hazel uses for Healing wounds and cuts.
Witch hazel is anti-fungal and antibacterial. It is, therefore, an excellent substitute for alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for disinfecting and treating cuts or wounds.
Apply a small amount on cuts and wounds. Cover with a bandage and let it heal.
8. Witch hazel Soothes rashes caused by Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy can cause itching and swelling in the affected areas. Damp a clean cotton pad on witch hazel and dab on the irritated areas for relief.
Witch hazel will help draw the itch-inducing chemicals from the ivy and clear the rash. It will also reduce swelling and discomfort in the affected areas.
9.Witch hazel use for treating bug bites.
Witch Hazel has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties which makes it perfect for treating bug bites. It reduces inflammation and soothes the discomfort caused by bug bites.
Dampen a clean cotton ball in witch hazel and dab it on the bitten areas.
Witch hazel works well to relieve itching, burning, and discomforting bites from flies, bees, or fleas.
10. Relieves and clears diaper rash.
Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve and clear diaper rash on the affected skin areas. It helps to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Dampen a cotton ball using some witch hazel and apply gently on the baby’s skin areas that are affected. You will notice some relief after a few days of using it.
11. Witch Hazel soothes and relieves discomfort caused by hemorrhoids
Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation, burning, and itching caused by hemorrhoids.
Lean the anal area clean and use witch hazel as a cold compress on hemorrhoid to treat and relieve discomfort.
Please use a soft clean piece of cloth or cotton pad to do this to avoid gently on the affected area. Moreover, remember to compress gently to avoid aggravating the pain.
12. Witch Hazel Uses in removing blood stains from clothes.
Witch hazel is an excellent blood stain remover. It helps weaken and dissolve blood stains making them easy to come out.
To remove the stain soaks the stained clothing in a witch hazel and alcohol solution for about 30 minutes.
Rinse the cloth in cold water afterward. The stain will dissolve and come out easily.
Witch hazel and alcohol will break down the bloodstain and make it easy to come off.
13. Witch hazel uses as a floor and bathroom cleaner.
Witch hazel helps to remove dirt, discoloration, and wax from wooden, vinyl or linoleum floors.
Add one cup of witch hazel to one gallon of warm water into a bucket and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to mop your dirty floor.
The witch hazel solution should clean and make your floor shine.
It also makes an excellent bathroom cleaner too.
For the bathroom cleaner you will need;
One part of lemon juice and one part witch hazel
Ten drops of Lavender or tea tree essential oil
2 cups of water
¼ Cup dish soap
A spray bottle
Add all the ingredients in the spray bottle shake well. Spray it on the dirty surfaces and leave for ten minutes after that clean the surface.
This bathroom cleaner is quite inexpensive to make, it is biodegradable and safe to use.
14. Use witch hazel to soothe sunburns.
Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for reducing swelling and discomfort caused by sunburns.
Witch hazel soothes and heals the burning caused by sunburn. It also prevents any peeling and flaking.
Apply a few drops on a cotton pad or a moist cloth and dab on the burnt areas for quick relief.
15. Witch hazel relieves and soothes chickenpox blisters.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties of witch hazel can help to relieve the irritations caused by chickenpox blisters.
To relieve pain caused by chickenpox blisters, mix one-part witch hazel and one part water. Rub it on the affected areas as often as needed to relieve the discomfort.
16. Witch hazel uses for Healing dog ear infection
Witch hazel has antibacterial properties and as a result of this, it can be used to treat an ear infection in dogs.
As an astringent, witch hazel helps break down wax buildup in the ears that could be causing the infection.
Dampen a cotton ball with witch hazel and wipe the inside of your dog’s affected ear until it heals.
17. Witch hazel uses in Cleaning and shining windows
Use witch hazel to make a natural window spray. This spray removes grime very well without leaving streaks like most commercial window cleaners.
Add equal parts of witch hazel, water, and a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. Spritz on the window and wipe.
18. Witch hazel relieves and soothes eczema
Witch hazel helps relieve the irritation, redness, and itching caused by scratching eczema. As an astringent, it reduces inflammation and helps to dry up oozing or bleeding on the affected skin.
Apply witch hazel on the affected areas as needed using a cotton ball for relief.
19.Removes hair dye and wax stains from the skin
It is possible to stain your skin while dying your hair. When this happens, you don’t have to worry since you can still remove the stain using witch hazel.
Dampen a cotton ball on witch hazel and rub it gently on the stained area until the stain comes out. Do this when the stain is still fresh.
20. Witch hazel uses for keeping fruit flies away.
Witch hazel has a pleasant scent that attracts flies to it.
To get rid of fruit flies, fill a mason jar ½ ways with witch hazel and add a little dish soap to it.
Place the jar open where the flies frequent most or close to your fruits.
The flies will be drawn to the witch hazel and get trapped in the liquid then drown.
21. Witch Hazel uses in Healing cold sores
Witch hazel has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties which make it excellent for treating cold sores especially before they develop into blisters.
Dab some witch hazel on the affected areas using a clean cotton ball to heal cold sores.
You will feel some relief after a few uses.
22.Helps to wipe out wrinkles and fine lines from the skin
As an astringent witch hazel helps tighten the skin pores and as a result reduce the development of wrinkles and fine lines.
Frequent use of witch hazel on the skin helps to slow down the aging process. It has antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals that can contribute to premature aging.
Add witch hazel to your skincare products or buy those that contain witch hazel as an active ingredient added in them.
23.Removes ticks from pets
Witch hazel is anti-bacterial and has natural tick repellent properties which can help remove ticks.
Remove the ticks using tweezers by;
Grasping the tick using the tweezers, then pull it out of and away from your pet’s skin.
Kill the tick and dispose of it properly away from the surrounding.
Clean the area on the dog’s skin where the tick was using witch hazel and let it dry.
Disinfect the tweezers so as to kill any bacteria.
24. Use witch Hazel to make a homemade air freshener spray
Commercial air fresheners are a little expensive, and most contain toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrance that can cause allergic reactions in addition to other health problems.
These chemicals are harmful to the body and they can cause respiratory problems or even cancer.
You can save your dollars by making a simple yet natural and safe air freshener using witch hazel and essential oils.
You will need witch hazel, one or two essential oils of your choice, and a spray bottle to make your air freshener. It is that simple.
To make the air freshener spray, you will need;
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops of peppermint
1/2 cup witch hazel
A spray bottle
Pour witch hazel in the spray bottle and add the essential oil. Remember to shake well before you spray it.
Spray this air freshener to freshen your room as often as you need.
25. Use witch hazel to make deodorant and antiperspirant spray
A witch hazel scent is so refreshing . This deodorant is natural and inexpensive to make. You only need a few ingredients, and you will have your deodorant spray.
You will need
1/4 tsp chloride magnesium flakes or magnesium oil.
5 drops vanilla essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil.
1/4 cup distilled water
A spray bottle for storage
Melt one teaspoon magnesium flakes in warm distilled water to dissolve for 5-10 minutes while stirring. After that Put all the ingredients in a bowl, combine and transfer to a spray bottle using a funnel.
There you have your natural and Eco-friendly spray deodorant.
Remember to shake it before spraying it.
26. Use witch hazel to Cure acne and blackheads
Acne causes inflammation, redness, and blackhead as a result of dried sebum and debris build up in the skin pores.
Witch hazel is anti-bacterial hence is safe to use as a skin cleanser. It helps to clear the skin of bacteria and also prevents excessive oil production.
Its anti-inflammatory properties help to slow down inflammation caused by acne break out. It also helps to seal in moisture in the skin.
Apply witch hazel on the affected areas using a cotton pad to reduce and cure acne and blackheads.
27. Use witch hazel to Deodorize shoes
Shoes tend to develop a bad odor especially after wearing them for a long time.
To eliminate the odor and the germs causing it, use a witch hazel spray.
To make the spray; mix half a cup of witch hazel to one cup water and add 20 drops of any essential oil you like in the spray bottle.
Shake the mixture well before spritzing it inside the shoes. This should help improve the scent.
Instead of buying makeup wipes why not use witch hazel to make your own?
These makeup remover wipes are natural and not infused with toxic chemicals and additives.
To make witch hazel makeup removers, you will need;
30 or more dry cotton pads
A glass jar for storage
¼ cup witch hazel
8-10 of Frankincense essential oil
¼ cup distilled water
Two teaspoons castile soap or baby wash
Add all the liquid ingredients in a bowl and mix well. After that pour the mixture over your cotton pads and allow them to soak.
Put the pads in a clean glass jar for storage and use whenever you want to remove makeup.
29. Witch hazel treats swimmer’s ear infection.
You can develop a swimmer’s ear infection if water gets into your ears while swimming and develops into a bacterial infection.
Witch hazel has antibacterial properties that naturally help to treat ear irritations and infections. It helps to break down wax, remove water, odor, sweat and excess oil from the ear.
Add one to two drops of witch hazel into your ears using a dropper as needed to relieve and treat any infection.
Dampen a cotton ball to witch hazel and use it to clean around the ear to disinfect it too.
Witch hazel’s antibacterial properties will help kill any bacteria causing infection in the ear.
30. Witch hazel treats blistered mouth, lips, and gums.
Being an astringent witch hazel can treat blisters in the mouth, lips, and gums when used as a mouth rinse.
It may help reduce inflammation and dry out the blisters on the affected areas and therefore speed the healing process.
Dilute two tablespoon witch hazel with four cups of water and use the mixture to rinse your mouth then spit it out.
31. Use witch hazel to treat dry, cracked heels and nails.
Witch hazel can help soften nails and heal cracked heels. Soak your feet in clean warm water that has witch hazel and baking soda added to it for at least 20 minutes.
After that rub your feet and heels gently with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin layer. Dry your feet and apply coconut oil. Do this often for better results.
The warm water solution helps to dissolve the dead cell, therefore, making it easy to peel off.
32. Witch hazel uses in Relieving and treating psoriasis
Witch hazel is a great astringent and has anti-irritant properties in addition to anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce inflammation and excess oil from the skin.
It can also relieves itching, scarring, and pain caused by psoriasis.
For useful results combine equal parts of witch hazel and aloe Vera gel, mix well and apply to the affected areas after the shower.
Is witch hazel safe to use?
Witch hazel is safe to use topically for most adults and pets if used in small quantities.If used in large amounts it can cause skin irritation though this is rare.
Try to use or add the recommended amounts in your ingredients to avoid any skin irritations.
I would not suggest ingesting witch hazel since it may irritate or interfere with the internal body organs.
Which witch hazel brand should you buy?
I recommend a 100% pure witch hazel brand. I usually use the witch hazel brand by Dickinson.
Some brands do contain alcohol and fragrance which may irritate your skin.