Living Chemical free has been a challenge at times, it seems the more I had to illuminate the more products were adding to their long list of ingredients! Witch Hazel is a natural healthy long lived staple to have in your “back to you” beauty routine! “Witch hazel has withstood the test of time because of its natural properties and multi-purpose application,” says New York City dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban. This natural astringent comes from the leaves and barks of the North American Witch Hazel shrub and has been used to fight acne, control redness, tighten up pores and reduce inflammation since the 1800s.
Here are just some of the common uses for Witch Hazel:
Witch hazel is taken by mouth for diarrhea mucus colitis, vomiting or coughing up blood, tuberculosis, colds, fevers, tumors, and cancer.
Some people apply witch hazel directly to the skin for itching, pain and swelling (inflammation), eye inflammation, skin injury, mucous membrane inflammation, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bruises, insect bites, minor burns, scars, rashes, redness, and other skin irritations.
In manufacturing, witch hazel leaf extract, bark extract, and witch hazel water are used as astringents to tighten the skin. They are also included in some medications to give those products the ability to slow down or stop bleeding. Those medications are used for treating insect bites, stings, teething, hemorrhoids, itching, irritations, and minor pain.
If used as a face cleanser and applied daily you will see wonderful results in just a short period of time! Most cleansers on the market today have harsh chemicals that are contributing to our skin irritations. Over the centuries as manufactured products increased our skin condition decreased! It really is just about remolding the way we think and not be influenced by today’s marketing on products full of chemicals that are not only harmful to our skin but to our health.
“See the beauty in you, for you were wonderfully made”