Witch Hazel Tea for Skin Care
Witch Hazel - Hamamelis Virginiana
Origin: United States
Used part: Bark
Hamamelis (Hamamelis virginiana), named after Hippocrates, is a small shrub, usually measuring two to three meters high and belonging to the family Hamamelidaceae . It is native to the east coast of North America and in 1736 was introduced in Europe, more specifically in England and has since been widely used as an ornamental plant in parks and gardens, being one of the few plants that can bloom in winter. Due to its high therapeutic value, Witch Hazel is much used in both phytotherapy and homeopathy. Currently, this plant is part of the composition of various cosmetics and personal hygiene products, including bath gels, shampoos, aftershave lotions, soaps and creams.
All its parts are used for medicinal purposes, and it is much used both in herbal medicine and in homeopathy. Its benefits are related to the great concentration of tannins, since the bark can get to possess up to 12% of the substance. Tannins cause protein precipitation making skin layers safer, resulting in shrinkage of skin structures and vasoconstriction responsible for reducing bleeding. It can be found in the form of capsules, teas, creams, ointments, dried leaves, tincture, among others.
It is used in many cosmetic and personal hygiene products, besides being indicated for the treatment of varicose veins and various circulatory problems.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- Superficial skin injuries, such as cuts and bruises
- Circulatory problems, such as varicose veins or poor circulation
- Sore throat
- Put 2 tablespoons to a quart of water
- Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes from the moment it starts to boil
- Remove from the heat and leave to stand, covered, for 10 minutes
- Strain and is ready for use
How to Drink:
Take 2 to 3 cups a day.
Both tea and other medicines based on this plant should be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women. This is because there are substances in the leaves with properties toxic to children. In addition, it is only allowed in people over 12 years of age.
The dosage should always be respected. That's because when witch hazel is ingested in excess it can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and nausea. Disorders related to the liver and kidneys can also be seen when the patient consumes more than the recommended one. So, before using this plant, seek the opinion of a specialist.