From household cleaning solutions to natural beauty remedies, there are a number of reasons to keep a bottle of witch hazel on hand. For centuries, this naturally derived product has been harvested from the witch hazel plant (also known as Hamamelis virginiana) in North America, where it's been used for everything from promoting skin health to fighting off infections and deterring unwanted pests. Read on for 10 essential uses for witch hazel that you can put into practice right now.
Cleanse Oily Skin
One of the best uses for witch hazel is as a natural facial cleanser, especially when it comes to controlling excess oil. Dab witch hazel onto a cotton round and cleanse skin once or twice daily.Meow Meow Tweet Face Cleanser $25Shop
This vegan face cleanser is made with a blend of witch hazel, castile soap, and organic plant oils like sunflower and jojoba.
Treat Minor Wounds
Another great use for witch hazel is as a natural disinfectant for cuts and scrapes. Apply a liberal amount to your wound and then gently cover it to expedite the healing process.
Heal Bug Bites
Witch hazelВ can be used to soothe the redness, itchiness, and skin irritation that comes with insect bites. Make sure to add witch hazel to your packing list for your next camping trip or outdoor excursion.Captain Blankenship Sail Away Bug Spray $20Shop
This all-natural bug spray uses witch hazel as a primary ingredient so you can keep pests away without the strong odor of a typical bug repellant.
Treat Cold Sores
Because it addresses both the symptoms and the cause, witch hazel is one of the best natural treatments for a cold sore. Dab on periodically throughout the day to experience relief.
As anyone who has ever suffered from acne knows, it can be difficult to find a treatment that really works and is free from harsh chemicals. Witch hazel is rich in antioxidants and effectively fights bacteria in acne-prone skin without leaving it dry.ClarityMD Skin Clarifying Acne Pads $16Shop
These easy-to-use acne pads target breakouts by using witch hazel as an astringent.
Keep Your Pet Clean
Apply a dab of witch hazel to a clean cloth or cotton round, and then gently swab the inside of your pet's ears to clean them.
Minimize Stretch Marks
Witch hazel helps to naturally tighten skin, making it an ideal treatment for stretch marks and scars.Susanne Kaufmann Witch Hazel Bath $70Shop
Utilize the many benefits of witch hazel on all areas of the body with this gentle bath soak.
Remove a Tick
Is yourВ dog or cat prone to ticks? Another ingenious use of witch hazel is for pets who contract ticks. Pour a bit over the affected area to make the removal process easier, and then follow up by disinfecting the area with more witch hazel once the tick's removed.
Soothe Razor Burn
Witch hazel is naturally anti-inflammatory, which means that applying it to your skin after shaving will reduce redness, bumps, and skin irritation.Thayers Witch Hazel Toner $7Shop
Thayer's witch hazel is a drugstore skincare staple that's always good to have in your medicine cabinet.
Clean Virtually Anything
Use witch hazel as an all-purpose cleaning agent. Simply combine witch hazel with warm water and a bit of lemon juice to create a fresh-scented, all-natural cleaning solution that works brilliantly on metal, glass surfaces, tile, and even jewelry.
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