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Why Witch Hazel Is Great for Your Skin

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  • Witch hazel is an extract of active plant constituents such as flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins and volatile oils taken from the North American shrub of the same name
  • These compounds make witch hazel a potent, natural astringent that boasts anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties
  • Because witch hazel is useful for the treatment of a variety of skin issues — from acne and bruises to insect bites and poison ivy — it would be a great addition to your medicine cabinet
  • You can easily make your own witch hazel solution at home, which can be consumed as a tea, used as an oral rinse or gargle, or combined with other ingredients to make an air freshener, facial spritz or household cleaner

By Dr. Mercola

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is an extract from the North American shrub of the same name. Traditionally, the bark, leaves and twigs have been used to extract active plant constituents such as flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins and volatile oil. These compounds make witch hazel a potent, natural astringent that boasts anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.


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