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Witch-hazel, Organic

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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.

Notice :  This information is for educational purposes only.  It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.


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