The following are some uses for common witch hazel that include some unusual applications.
Witch hazel is an astringent made of the bark and leaves of a common North American tree. It is traditionally used in the treatment of a number of conditions related to bruising, swelling, broken capillaries and irritated skin. But, it has other uses, as well. It is widely available at pharmacies and department stores.
Historically, barbers have applied witch hazel as a gentle, moisturizing aftershave. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that closes pores and gives the skin a fine, smooth appearance. It soothes razor burn and speeds healing.
Witch hazel has the power to gently erase fine lines on the face. It can be applied after facial cleansing. Simply tear a paper towel into strips about one or two inches wide. Thoroughly moisten them with witch hazel astringent and apply the strips to the face, paying special attention to areas where there are fine lines. Rest for, at least, 15 minutes before removing the strips. Take care not to get witch hazel directly into the eyes
Similarly, apply witch hazel to skin that has been over-exposed to the sun. It has a cooling and healing effect on sunburn, rashes, hives and other skin irritations. Compresses of witch hazel can be applied to bruises to heal them quickly and reduce swelling. For relief from varicose veins or hemorrhoids, apply witch hazel to the affected area.
Apply witch hazel frequently to new body and ear piercings to keep them clean, soothe inflammation and speed healing.
If nail polish won’t adhere to fingernails properly, an application of witch hazel before applying the clear foundation coat will easily redress the problem. Please, see this tutorial. Moisten a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply it to each nail. Allow the witch hazel to dry. Then apply polish as usual. Nail polish should last about a week under normal circumstances.
Restore old furniture finishes that have become “crackled” by applying witch hazel to the surface. Allow witch hazel to remain until a smooth finish is achieved.
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