Witch Hazel Bark Powder (Hamamelis virginiana)
Witch Hazel is a remarkable tree whose bark and leaves have been used for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses, inside and out.
The Witch Hazel bark has stringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties. Over time it has been used to treat everything, including: backache, hemorrhoids, wounds, tumors, insect bites, eye inflammation, nosebleed, vaginitis, venereal disease, and skin ulcers externally; and internally (as a tea) for colds, heavy menstruation, diarrhea, and anxiety.*
Today, the bark powder is most often used externally to treat bruises, cuts, bedsores, sunburn, poison ivy, other skin ailments, sore muscles, and minor swelling.*
An enema of the tea will stop diarrhea. Injecting the powdered root into the rectum will shrink hemorrhoids.*
And, for those of you who enjoy a nice fairytale, some people believe Witch hazel is a strong protective charm which is powerful in spells to end love and mend a broken heart.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.