Witch Hazel

Product Overview

While some theories go that this incredibly useful hazel-like tree has some connection to witchcraft, such as it being used to make broom sticks or divining rods, the reality is that ‘witch’ is an old English word meaning flexible, which isn’t quite as scary but does reflect the bendiness of the plants branches. The liquid that is extracted and distilled from witch hazel is reached for in households around the world to heal a cut, bruise, insect bite or burns.

Latin name: Hamamelis virginiana
Amount: 50-100g
Type: Organic, Dried Leaves



What is it used for?

  • Most parts of the witch hazel plant contains tannins which are astringent, however commercially produced witch hazel water does not contain these tannines but still contains chemicals which are thought to be antiseptic, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory making witch hazel a popular choice to use on minor wounds, burns, bruises and swelling

How to prepare

To make a decoction of witch hazel add one teaspoon of powdered leaves or twigs to one cup of water and boil for at least ten minutes, before straining and allowing to cool before applying. HOW TO MAKE A DECOCTION

Alternatively you could make it into a cream HOW TO MAKE AN OINTMENT


  • Do not give to any child under two years old
  • Do not use while pregnant or nursing
  • For over 65s, use low levels, infrequently

Additional information

Additional information

Latin Name

Hamamelis virginiana



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