Although witch hazel comes in liquid form, it's actually a plant and a very powerful one at that.
Witch hazel contains tannins which are able to reduce swelling, repair skin and fight bacteria - they're what makes it so incredibly effective for a whole host of things.
Today we're sharing the many uses for witch hazel so you can start getting the most out of it today.
Uses for witch hazel
1. Treat razor rash & bumps
Witch hazel can reduce inflammation when your razor leaves your skin looking a bit of a mess.
Begin by washing the area with warm water, then apply witch hazel using cotton wool pads. Repeat daily until the area is clear.
2. Soothe chickenpox blisters
Witch hazel acts as an astringent, meaning it helps skin to contract. This helps reduce both the appearance of - and the likelihood of - marks being left behind by chickenpox.
As it's all natural, you can rest assured that it won't harm your little one's delicate skin.
3. DIY toner
Speaking of witch hazel's astringent properties, when it comes to reducing the appearance of pores, there's not much that does a better job.
Ditch your expensive beauty products today and try a DIY witch hazel toner instead.
4. Calm inflamed skin
Inflamed skin of any kind can be soothed with a witch hazel pack. Whatever the cause, it'll calm your skin and get it back to normal again.
5. DIY cooling pads
If you're suffering from an injury or perhaps postpartum soreness, cold witch hazel will provide you with quick relief. Head over to Gentle Nursery to discover how to make your very own super cooling, postpartum pads with witch hazel.
6. Treat poison ivy/oak reactions
A poison ivy/oak reaction - or indeed, rash of any kind - can be soothed by applying witch hazel with a cotton wool pad.
7. DIY deodorant
Ditch the chemicals and go au-natural instead. A DIY deodorant will keep you feeling and smelling fresh all day long without damaging your skin - in fact, it may just benefit it!
Head to biome for a simple yet effective recipe.
8. Extract ticks
Ticks are really nasty little things and should be gotten rid of fast. Whether it's you, your cat or your dog who's been infested, you'll want to act.
Before trying to remove a spotted tick, spritz it with witch hazel - they won't like it at all and it will encourage them to loosen their claws to make extraction easier.
9. Reduce under eye circles, puffiness & bags
Another eye bag cure? Yes really, only this one could actually work.
Witch hazel is extremely cooling and soothing, and also reduces inflammation. When applied underneath the eyes with a cotton pad, it can reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and bags.
10. Improve the appearance of scars & stretch marks
Witch hazel can aid in skin repair - especially useful for reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
11. Treat acne
As we've already mentioned, witch hazel's tannins make it a great astringent. As far as acne is concerned, this is good news.
Tighter pores reduce the likelihood of skin becoming excessively oily and prevent spots from occurring.
12. Treat cuts & scrapes
The astringent properties of witch hazel can really come in handy to stop bleeding from minor cuts and scrapes. They encourage the skin to contract to speed up the healing process.
13. Soothe bug bites
Ouch! Has a little pest left you with a sore bump? Bug bites can be surprisingly painful, not to mention itchy. Swipe a little witch hazel over them to soothe them.
14. Clean dog ears
Waxxy ears can cause problems for humans and dogs too. Wax, water and grime can build up inside their ears to create a real stench and can even lead to infection.
Clean them out by inserting a few drops of witch hazel down the ear canal, then wipe the ear flap with a witch hazel soaked cotton pad.
15. Banish cold sores
Just like acne, witch hazel can help reduce both the appearance and likelihood of cold sores. Apply directly onto the area to tighten and repair the skin.
16. Reduce dandruff
Got dandruff? No need to be embarrassed - about half of the World's population do! There are many ways to combat it, but one of the cheapest and most natural is witch hazel. It helps contribute to a healthy scalp by banishing harmful bacteria to keep your skin flake-free.
17. Boost mood
Feeling down in the dumps? Witch hazel could be just what you need to lift your spirits. You can combine it with your favourite essential oils and spray it into the air or on your pillow to brighten your mood.
18. Heal bruises
Apply witch hazel to nasty bruises to lighten their colour and improve their overall appearance. The astringent and repairing properties do wonders!
19. Moisturise dry skin
Although witch hazel prevents skin from becoming overly oily, it can also be beneficial for dry skin, especially of the sensitive kind.
20. Soothe diaper rash
Ouch! Does your little one's bottom look a little sore? Help soothe and repair the skin by gently swiping some witch hazel over the area with soft cotton wool.
21. Reduce soreness of gums/throat
Been singing too much in the car? You can alleviate the symptoms of a sore throat (and gums too) with witch hazel. It's antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties can be a great help in soothing your mouth when used diluted as a mouthwash.
22. Natural cleaning
We love natural cleaning at Expert Home Tips. Not only is it good for the environment, but it'll save you money too!
To make a simple, homemade household cleaner, mix 1/2 cup witch hazel, 1 cup water and 1 tbsp lemon juice (you can add essential oils too if you wish).
23. Treat Haemorrhoids
If you've ever had haemorrhoids, you'll know that they can be mightily uncomfortable! To ease the pain of this embarrassing ailment, soak cotton pads in witch hazel and pop them in the freezer. Once cold, apply to the haemorrhoids for quick, cooling relief.
24. Prevent skin damage
Skin damage from free-radicals means one thing for your skin: wrinkles.
Believe it or not, you can prevent damage using natural witch hazel. What a wonderful way to keep your skin looking fresh.
25. Calm sunburn
Overdone it a bit in the sun? We've all been there! Whilst a cold shower is a sure fire way to cool you down, witch hazel can help prolong that soothing sensation.
26. Treat swimmer's ear
Swimmer's ear occurs when water gets stuck inside the ear canal. Although it's only water, it can be pretty painful, leading to infection and also hearing problems.
Whilst you can buy ear drops, witch hazel can also work wonders. Add a few teaspoons to a cup of boiling water and once lukewarm, use on a cotton pad to clean the area.
Who knew there were so many uses for plain old witch hazel. When will you be picking up a pot?