02 April 2014

He Said She Said: Beaute

"All I need is twenty minutes on the bathroom floor with witch-hazel pads on my eyes, and I can conquer the world.” - Diana Vreeland

The leaves and bark of the witch-hazel hamamelis virginiana is used to produce an astringent, which is used medicinally. This plant extract was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians and is a component of various commercial healthcare products.

It's mainly used externally on sores, bruises, and swelling. Witch hazel is also used in skin care. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent often used as a natural remedy for psoriasiseczema, aftershave accidents and ingrown nails, to prevent swelling, cracked or blistered skin, for treating insect bites, poison ivy stings, and as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. 

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