Premium Witch-hazel Distillate (Hydrosol), Organically Grown, alcohol free
Botanical name : Hamamelis virginiana
Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation / leaves and bark
Key constituents: calcium oaxalate, gallotannins, safrole, carvacrol, eugenol
Plant description : Family : Hamamelidaceae Witch hazels are deciduous shrubs which grow 10 - 25 feet tall. They produce broad green leaves, and in the Fall, yellow, orange or red flowers with narrow petals. The flowers occur on the plant simultaneously with the fruits from the previous year, rendering the genus name, Hamamelis, meaning "together with fruit". They are popular ornamental shrubs, as the brightly colored flowers remain through the winter.
Regions of Production : USA
Growing Practices : Organically farmed. Plants are tested after harvest for purity.
Characteristics : Astringent, cooling
History / Fun Facts : Contrary to popular belief, the word witch-hazel is not related to the word witch (a person practicing magic), which is thought to have come from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise". It actually comes from the Middle English word wiche, meaning "bendable" or pliable", as in willow-witch.
Uses : Witch-hazel is used in the cosmetics industry as a natural skin toner. Due to its astringent and cooling properties, it is also used as a topical remedy for hemorrhoids or to decrease bleeding and soothe labial irritation after childbirth.
Safety : For external use only.
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