Witch Hazel

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Biological Name: Hamamelis virginianawitch hazel

Family: Hamameliadaceae

Other Names: tobacco wood, Witch Hazel, pistachio, winter bloom, snapping hazel, striped alder, hazelnut, spotted alder

Elements Applied: Leaves or bark are applied in herbal medicine

Active Components:

Leaves are found to contain:

  • Tannins, which are constituted mostly of gallotannins, in addition to proanthocyanin and condensed catechins.
  • Other; flavonoids; myricitrin, quercitin, astragalin, kaempferol, volatile oil which includes n-hexen-2-al, a- and b-ionones, hexenol.

The bark is found to contain:

  • Tannins, mostly a-, g- and b- hamamelitannins, in addition to condensed tannins like l-epicatechin, l-epigallocatechin, and d-gallocatechin;
  • Other; volatile oil, resin, saponins.

Used For: The herb is known to treat diarrhea, relieve inflammations, stimulate the organism, calm the nervous system, and prevent bleeding.

Witch Hazel is popularly and widely used due to its astringency. Particularly, it is beneficial for both external and internal hemorrhage, as well as treating hemorrhoids. It may be applied to treat varicose veins, swollen inflammations, and bruises. Witch Hazel is applied to treat diarrhea and relieve dysentery.

Commonly mixed with: To relieve hemorrhoids, the herb is mixed with Pilewort.

Preparation and Intake: To prepare an infusion, take a teaspoon of dry leaf extract for a cup of boiling water and steep for ten to fifteen minutes. The result is consumed thrice per day. Witch Hazel is also used as a topical ointment.

In form of tincture the herb is applied at a dose of 1-2 ml thrice per day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the herb’s safety level. It is possible that the plant interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before taking the remedy.