Witch hazel is a product that has been found in medicine cabinets for many years as it serves a variety of purposes, and can be used to aid many common health problems, from hemorrhoids to eczema.
Witch hazel is like a tea, distilled from the bark of the witch hazel shrub. It can be made with just the water as the liquid base, or mixed with pure grain alcohol. Both types are easy to find for purchase, or for the more adventurous it can be made at home. The versions that do not contain alcohol are preferable for those prone to dry skin.
For those suffering from acne, it can be used with a cotton swab as a toner that helps to clarify while reducing the redness and swelling resulting from breakouts. This happens as the upper layers of the skin tighten due to the tannins found in witch hazel, causing the capillaries below to constrict. This is a simple remedy that can be applied to bruises, cuts, eczema, sunburn, diaper rash, or bug bites!
I use witch hazel as an ingredient in the B&R Apple Cider Vinegar Vein Cream. These same tannins which help to reduce redness and swelling due to acne can aid in reducing the pain and discoloration associated with varicose and spider veins by constricting the blood vessels. I have personal experience with this problem as a registered nurse and mom of two, which is how I came to create this Vein Cream. Used daily, it makes an excellent solution for the heaviness and throbbing that can be associated with spider and varicose veins.
Although witch hazel has been a staple of the medicine cabinet for years and is readily available for purchase on pharmacy shelves, many are not aware of the variety of uses for this product. It is a work horse for both medicinal and beauty needs, and is great to keep on hand for use with both children and adults.