Witch hazel water provides incredible benefits for both the skin and natural properties for your eyes. We discover its qualities and its main uses.
Witch hazel is a genus of four plant species belonging to the family Hamamelidaceae. Of these four, two are found in North America, one in China and one in Japan. They consist of deciduous shrubs and also small trees, which can reach between 3 and 8 meters. Its leaves are characterized by being alternate and oval, with characteristic wavy or smooth margins, with a beautiful flower with four petals that can be yellow, orange or red.
It is a shrub whose leaves and bark are traditionally used in the preparation of various beauty recipes, thanks above all to its astringent qualities. In fact, its use must be exclusively on the skin, its consumption is not advisable since it has many contraindications. For this reason, the aboriginal Indian population considered it as a plant of the devil, and rightly so. However, if it is consumed in small quantities, we can enjoy its healing qualities, but without overdoing it or consuming it for a long time.
From witch hazel you can obtain and prepare what is known as witch hazel water, a very interesting traditional remedy to enjoy its different benefits on the skin, becoming an excellent tonic that can be used every day.
The benefits of witch hazel for the skin
Excellent astringent toner
On a previous occasion we explained how to make an astringent lemon and witch hazel tonic. And it is that this plant or bush stands out precisely for being a very interesting natural astringent remedy, especially useful when it comes to reducing inflammation.
Closes open pores, useful in case of acne
Witch hazel is a suitable natural remedy if we have open pores, as it helps to close them easily and simply. To enjoy this quality, it is necessary to make a soft paste with wheat flour, and apply it to clean facial skin, leaving it to act until it dries and then removing it with warm water.
This quality is very interesting against acne and if you also have oily skin, since by helping to close the pores it prevents pimples from coming out or from becoming infected when they are already present.
Relieves tired legs and pain
If you suffer from poor circulation in your legs, your legs feel heavy and tired as a result of fluid retention or from having been on your feet for a long time, or you feel pain in your legs, witch hazel is useful for relieving all these conditions, since which improves circulation, reducing both pain and swelling.
Couperose consists of the appearance of small capillaries that when dilated form appearances similar to spider webs, commonly in the area of the nose and cheeks. If you suffer from this condition, it exerts a venotonic action, very useful to relieve the presence of small capillaries or visible veins both on the face and on the body.
The properties of witch hazel for the eyes
As we have seen, the properties of witch hazel for the skin are as incredible as they are surprising, but they are not the only ones. In fact, witch hazel also stands out for its benefits for common eye problems, especially in the area around the eyes. We explain the most important ones.
Improves dark circles and the feeling of tired eyes
If you have dark circles due to tiredness or your eyes look tired and exhausted, you will probably find witch hazel a wonderful ally. Why? Very simple: chilled witch hazel helps to improve dark circles while soothing the feeling of tired eyes.