Witch Hazel

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Hamamelis virginiana

Witch hazel is a mild, effective remedy for acne, cuts and scrapes, insect bites, minor burns, and sunburn. It is suitable for all skin types, and offers an astringent property that makes it useful for shrinking swollen veins.
Parts Used: Twigs
Precautions: Witch hazel is generally considered safe.
Identifying/Growing: The easiest way to get your hands on witch hazel is to head to the drugstore, where you’ll find the liquid extract alongside other skin care products. If you want to make your own witch hazel extract, you’ll need access to witch hazel trees, which grow in the understory of hardwood forests and produce bright yellow blooms in winter after the leaves have fallen off. The leaves are toothed ovals with deeply pronounced veins. Harvest the twigs right after the trees blossom to obtain the strongest extract possible.

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