9 Surprising Uses For Witch Hazel

It’s not uncommon to find Witch hazel in someone’s medicine cabinet. This astringent comes from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch-hazel bush and is most often used for soothing or cooling irritated and inflamed skin. Witch hazel makes its ways into a lot of commercial products like hygiene wipes, hemorrhoid cleansing pads, facial cleansers and makeup removers.

9 Surprising Uses For Witch Hazel

Fortunately, it is cheap and easy to buy and has some practical household uses that you may not know about:

  • Use witch hazel to more easily peel off price stickers. Saturate a cotton ball and hold it on the sticker for 30 seconds. It will break down the bonding agent.
  • Because of its inflammatory properties, a dab of witch hazel can help reduce the appearance of puffy eyes in the morning. Leave a witch-hazel soaked compress on for 5-10 minutes to sooth tired eyes.
  • Witch hazel makes the perfect base for baby wipe or baby bum cleaner solutions. My favorite recipe combines 2 tsp of Kissaluvs concentrate with 2 cups of witch hazel in a spray bottle. 
  • If you are looking for razor burn relief after shaving, witch hazel has a cooling and soothing effect.
  • Witch hazel can be very beneficial if you suffer from itchy scalp or dandruff. The caveat is that it works best on oily skin types. Rub it in before shampooing.
  • If you are looking for a natural deodorant alternative, try plain witch hazel with a little bit of your favorite essential oil mixed in. You can Google for more witch hazel deodorant recipes.
  • Even animals can benefit from this natural remedy. Use witch hazel to clean and sooth your dog or cat’s ears
  • For some amazing post-partum pain relief, squirt witch hazel onto a couple of disposable menstrual pads. Put the pads in the freezer for a few hours. Placed right up against the skin, they are incredibly soothing if you’re suffering from swelling, soreness or a perinea tear. 
  • Make an easy fruit fly trap by placing a small bowl full of witch hazel next to your fruit. You will find the little critters floating in the bowl within a week or two. 

Do you keep witch hazel handy in your home? Share your favorites uses in a comment below!

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