Monday, November 19, 2012

Amazing Witch Hazel…The Medicinal Marvel With The Funny Name!

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At the risk of, yet again, oversharing…I just HAVE to share ONE MORE THING that relates to the medical procedure I had done last Friday. I’m well aware that this isn’t necessarily the stuff of “polite conversations”…but I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t share the “real life” stuff with all of you, as well as the “good stuff”. Actually, if you think about it, getting a colonoscopy IS good stuff if you’re doing it because colon cancer runs in your family and as a result of the procedure you were given a clean bill of health! :-)  That’s a VERY good thing in my book.

Anyway…I’m getting a little off track. Perhaps I’m stalling because the thing I want to talk about is ummm….errrrr…..rather delicate. So let’s just dive right in shall we? :-)

magnesium citrate Prepping for a colonoscopy is AWFUL! I am not going to lie about that! You can’t eat anything for 24 hours prior to your appointment and you can only drink clear liquids. Now that’s hard enough. I mean I had a pretty rough time with just that! But even WORSE is that “devil’s potion” they make you drink! Magnesium Citrate. ugh. THE. WORST. STUFF. EVER. Then….as if all that weren’t bad enough…you get spend the day and night pretty much attached at the hip with your bathroom. I mean it makes sense, it would be pretty hard for the doctor to do what he has to do and see what he has to see unless you were completely “cleaned out”. As a matter of fact, when I was feeling weak, like I just couldn’t do it, I would tell myself…what if they send you home and you have to do this all over again!??? lol.  That was a definite impetus to stay the course!

So….this “cleansing” that must take place is hard on one’s system…not to mention one’s posterior. I’m sorry it that’s offensive to some, but it’s just the way it is. It’s brutal what you’re putting your body through…there’s bound to be some fallout, including a very sore bum.

The instructions I got from the doctor’s office for the colonoscopy prep actually suggested purchasing some Tucks hemorrhoid pads for relief of any discomfort you might have…down there. But I figured why buy a whole jar of something I’m only going to use once (knock on wood). Then I thought about the bottle of witch hazel I have in my medicine cabinet and seemed to remember something about it being a remedy for hemorrhoid pain (kinda, sorta the same thing I was going through.) I did a little research and sure enough… Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that can help relieve pain, itching and swelling associated with hemorrhoids.

So I made up some of my own “Tucks” to use during this uncomfortable time and I am happy to report they were a little slice of heaven on earth.

Here is what I did:

I added a couple of drops of Lavender Essential Oil to about an ounce of witch hazel and then dipped round cotton pads in the solution. I then decided to put them in the freezer for good measure. Ahhhh…the relief was sublime and instantly made me a life-long believer in the power of this strangely-named medicinal marvel.

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I figured my little remedy was just the tip of the iceberg where witch hazel was concerned so I looked into it some more. Turns out witch hazel is produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana), and was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians. When distilled and combined with alcohol, the aromatic oil extracted from the bark of the witch hazel shrub makes a soothing and mildly astringent lotion.

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Here are some of the other wonderful things that unassuming bottle of witch hazel hanging out in your medicine cabinet can do:

 

Facial Cleansing

Witch hazel has the unique ability to clean skin pores and dry up excessive oil without leaving skin too dry. For healthy, normal skin, witch hazel can often replace a daily cleanser. For oily or acne prone skin, swabbing witch hazel throughout the day is a great way to quickly wipe off excessive oil without the hassle of a full face wash.

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Acne Treatment

The tannin content in witch hazel has strong astringent as well as antioxidant properties. These astringent properties are cleansing to the skin, while minimizing the size of skin pores. Unlike many harsh commercial acne formulations, it is gentle and non-drying when used to tone and cleanse acne-infected or acne-prone skin. Plain witch hazel may be applied to the skin straight from the bottle using cotton balls. It should be applied to the acne-infected skin twice a day. It should never be applied more than three times a day.

 

Scars & Stretch Marks

Witch hazel is often used by pregnant women to prevent stretch marks, but it can be used to help loose or excessive skin around scars or stretch marks to tighten, helping to minimize the scar.

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Soothe Diaper Rash

If your baby’s rash isn’t healing quick enough, apply witch hazel solution (Dickinson’s is good) with a cotton ball and you should see immediate improvement to your baby’s bottom.

 

Bags Under The Eyes

Some people say that the application of hemorrhoid cream to those little baggies under your eyes can take them away. It’s not an old wives’ tale. One of the magic ingredients in a product like Preparation H is witch hazel, which helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess.

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Varicose Veins

Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.

 

Soothe Chicken Pox Blisters

Witch Hazel can also help the itching caused from chicken pox. To make a Witch Hazel mixture, take one cup of witch hazel and one cup of water. Mix the two and apply to the skin. Don’t be afraid to lavish this mixture on the skin. The witch hazel can be applied as often as needed. Once you apply the witch hazel and water, let dry.

 

Heal Bruises Faster

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before! I am the worst bruiser! The hubster likes to say I “bruise like a summer peach.”  :-) Now I know how to get rid of those bruises FASTER…apply witch hazel three times daily.

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Heal Cuts and Scrapes

Many chemists and pharmacists refer to witch hazel as nature’s answer to Neosporin. Witch hazel can be a substitute for hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol when it comes to cleaning out a cut. Pour a liberal amount of witch hazel over the cut or sore and allow it to dry. Add a bandage and you’re set. You can also use witch hazel on bruises or skin that is blistered or cracked.

 

Soothe Razor Burn

The anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel stop itchy bumps from forming up around your irritated hair follicles. Splash on after shaving legs or face.

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Treat Sunburn

Healing damaged skin is one of witch hazel’s specialties. But as sunburn is also a type of skin inflammation, witch hazel is ideal for treating this too (despite swelling not being obvious). Treating sunburn with witch hazel will lessen healing time and prevent the infamous skin peeling and flaking. Apply with a washcloth soaked in witch hazel, allowing it to soak into your skin for several minutes before removing.

 

Treat Dry Skin

This is so timely for me right now. Lately legs have just been itching like crazy because they are so dry! Apply witch hazel immediately after showering to lock in the moisture that has just soaked into your skin. You can bet I will be trying this!

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Soothe Tired, Puffy Eyes

If your eyes are puffy from crying or lack of sleep (or both), then soak two small cotton pads with witch hazel and put them over your eyes. After 10 minutes, your eyes should be refreshed, and any redness should be gone. Witch hazel is famous for shrinking blood vessels (which is why it’s one of the main ingredients in Preparation H cream).

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Natural Deodorant

Witch hazel is often used in deodorants due to its natural skin-healing and skin-care properties. Here is a recipe for a natural deodorant I posted back in October.

 

Sore Gums, Sore Throat, Laryngitis

The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent activity of Witch Hazel may help shrink and heal inflamed and sore throats, gums and larynx. Witch hazel tea infused with myrrh and cloves can make your sore throat feel better after gargling.

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Cold Sores

Witch Hazel applied on a cold sore when you feel it coming on will prevent it from becoming a blister. If you already have one, use it right away and often and the blister will heal quicker.

 

Scalp Deep Cleanse

Use a witch hazel hair-cleansing routine if you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, or dandruff. Massage the scalp with the witch hazel, followed with shampoo and conditioner. It is also an efficient “between-shampoos” method of washing your hair and scalp.

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Bug Bites

With its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel is ideal for treating bug bites. Apply the witch hazel with a cotton ball, square or swab directly on the bite. It also works to soothe bites from fleas, flies and insect stings.

 

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Just like acne and blemishes, the witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling. Something definitely worth packing on your next camping trip.

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Cleaning Dogs Ears

Give your dog’s ears a cleaning by moistening a cotton ball or cloth with witch hazel, and gently wiping the inside of the ears. Don’t use a cotton swab.

 

Tick Extraction

Ticks may relish the taste of your family pet, but they hate the taste of witch hazel. Before attempting to remove a tick, douse the tick with a few drops of witch hazel to make it loosen its jaws. Grasp the tick firmly and pull; disinfect the bite area by dabbing the skin with witch hazel once the tick has been successfully removed.

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Household Cleaner

Witch hazel can also be combined with lemon juice and baking soda to create an eco-friendly cleaning agent for your bathrooms. Or use it undiluted on chrome, glass and mirrors. You don’t need to rinse as the alcohol-based cleaner readily evaporates, leaving the chrome sparkling clean and germ-free.

You can also use 1/2 cup witch hazel, 1 cup of water and about 15 drops of essential oil such as lavender, grapefruit, eucalyptus or cedar, combined in a spray bottle as an air freshener. Witch hazel on a cotton ball works well to remove hair dye stains on skin, too.

Vinyl, linoleum, and tile floors can be kept clean by mopping once a week with a solution made from 1/2 cup of witch hazel and 1 gallon of warm water. The solvents in the witch hazel strip away old wax while the water dissolves dirt and debris. To clean heavily soiled floors, stir 1 tablespoon of borax into the solution prior to mopping.

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Jewelry Cleaner

Dab some witch hazel on a cotton ball to gently clean your jewelry.

Witch hazel is one of those simple, natural products that most of us probably already have on hand, but that we don’t use very often. Guilty! Well, now that you know how many really practical uses there are for it (not to mention how inexpensive it is!) it’s time to bring that bottle out of the cupboard and put it to good use!

What are some of your favorite uses for witch hazel?

 



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178 thoughts on “Amazing Witch Hazel…The Medicinal Marvel With The Funny Name!

  1. KellyT

    I LOVE this stuff. I discovered it’s wonders a few months back. I have a great recipe for a facial toner I need to post on my blog but haven’t had the chance. Hopefully I can get it posted soon…it’s made with witch hazel and a tea of sorts lol. I also use witch hazel in my homemade wipes AND like you made my wont Tucks lol. Great minds think alike lol! Happy Blogging!
    thethriftyhippie.wordpress.com

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    1. ex-army girl

      I had tried years ago using witch hazel on my face as an astrigent, but it left my face feeling sticky & weird, so I abandoned. I found somewhere else on the www a while back about using witch hazel with asprin as a great way to heal/prevent acne. Since my kid, WAY pre-tween, is having problems with oily skin and pretty severe zits, I decide what the heck. Non-name brand witch hazel goes for $1.44 for 16 oz bottle (last time I bought it several months ago) plus tax, so if it didn’t work, not out much money for it, and asprin already on hand ($1.00/375=$.00266 each asprin), well can’t NOT try it right?!

      It said to crush asprin and then add to witch hazel–NOT. Too messy and loss of asprin. Just plop whole, uncoated asprin into bottle, it dissolves on its own in seconds. Just shake bottle prior to use on cotton balls!! No sticky residue on skin, melts away nasty zits after several applications (x2 per day) and heals popped open blemishes (yup, I am an evil picker/popper)!! I add 4 asprin to 16 oz bottle….fresh zippy feeling to my skin. I can usually turn cotton ball to get 3 clean sides, and use as many as needed until cotton ball comes away clean (usually only need 1 cotton ball)!! Skin is in FABULOUS shape since I started using this, so is my kid’s.

      A neighbor’s kid got put on antibiotics for outbreaks of same scale and severity as my kid. They won’t use this, and the antibiotics have had no change in clearing up skin on their face. I think it has gotten worse actually…Witch Hazel & asprin for the WIN!!

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      1. Jessica C

        Wow! I’m going to try this. I don’t have severe acne, just persistent moderate, tough little buggers that won’t go away! Do you think it will work for “adult acne”?

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      2. danielle

        you want to make sure that you are using the witch hazel that contains no alcohol! it is a little more expensive and a little harder to find but well work it. it lasts for quite a while. if you have the kind with alcohol it will actually make your skin produce more oil.

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      3. Sue

        Thank you. My son has terrible acne and I’m not one to buy over the counter anything. Of course I have, to help him and you know it is just not working. Now I am going to try as you suggest.

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      4. Bert

        I had been adding aspirin to my toner for some time now and just recently tried it with Witch Hazel I also add a few drops of Lavender, Tea Tree oil and Golden Seal extract, all acne fighters. Then I saw one that used a crushed Vitamin-C instead of Aspirin and as I’m not a teen for some time now and I’d read about the anti-aging of Vitamin-C, I thought to add one to my mix and try it. As the Vitamin-C I had on hand was Ester-C it wouldn’t add any more acid and so far it has been working great and no irritation on my sensitive skin or breakouts either. I also put 6 or more aspirin in mine. It depends on how many your skin will tolerate. Also if you do get a breakout a crushed Aspirin and a drop of water used directly on it and left to set then brush off the dry powder and the redness and swelling are instantly better and will heal completely in about a day more or less.

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  2. Monette

    Wow, I had no idea Witch Hazel was so good for so many uses! I am going out this week to stock my home with some !! Can’t wait to use it for itchy skin..my husband has periods of psoriasis , so I look forward to applying this to his scalp and such..Thanks so much for all the great information!!

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  3. Lisa

    Oh Jillie how I love your blog…. I am so using this for my psoriasis. Some f these we have been using forever but love the new uses for a favorite at our house… Thanks!

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  4. Krista R

    In the winter I tend to get chilblains on my toes – they become red and swollen and it is very painful. Cotton balls soaked in Witch Hazel works well to ease the pain and bring down the swelling.

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  6. Awnali Mills

    Jillie, you mention your itchy legs, which reminded me of a post by Pioneer Woman (http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeandgarden/2012/02/cure-for-itchy-legs/). In this post, she’s discovered the SOURCE of itchy legs and treats it. I tried it, and it’s worked wonders (I’ve been following her advice for several months now and seen no return of itchy legs at all). Thought it might be One Good Thing! Thanks so much for being willing to share the hard stuff–I’ve used witch hazel for years for treating…down there…and it is truly helpful. Keep up the fantastic work. (And so glad you had a clean bill of health!)

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    1. Rose

      I used to have cracked, itchy legs, and then from something I read, I started to put mineral oil on my legs. It works so well that now I buy mineral oil and put a sprayer on the bottle and keep it by the bath. At first it feels oily, but give it a few minutes and the oiliness goes away and you are left with perfectly soft beautiful legs.

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  7. Kristina Torvund

    Can’t get hold of it here in Norway. Is Witch Hazel an “ebay”-thing? Any other websites that sell this stuff?

    Best blog in the world!

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      1. Lisa Miller

        HEY EVERYONE! I JUST READ ALL THE ARTICLES FOR WITCH HAZEL, WOW! – BELIEVE IT OR NOT , I GET MINE FROM THE DOLLAR TREE! ITS ONLY 1.00!! OR WALMART I KNOW HAS IT ALSO, BUT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE ,IF YOU DONT HAVE THESE STORES , PLEASE LOOK THEM UP ON YOUR COMP. FOR A WAY CHEAPER PRICE THEN DRUGSTORES! GOOD STUFF FOR ALOT OF THINGS, THANKS JILLIAN, DIDNT KNOW IT WAS GOOD FOR ALL THESE THINGS!

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  8. heather

    so funny…

    i was actually on a hunt for my bottle of witch hazel last night!
    i randomly broke out a bit on my upper chest and wanted the cool, soothing, and effective WITCH HAZEL.
    sadly, could not find my bottle… thus, wearing a chunky infinity scarf today :(

    thanks for the additional usages! good to know!

    xo – heather
    http://www.ThisLifeIsYours.com

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  9. Carolyn

    One random use is on your jack-o-lanterns. Ours always rotted by the next day. This last Halloween I used a paper towel soaked in witch hazel on the inside of my pumpkin and it didn’t. Rot. :)

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    1. Geraldine

      I dont no what this smells like. But i wonder if u can put that on old square of sheets or pillow cases and use them as Air Freshners for your A/C FILTERS..

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  10. Frankie Ann

    I use it to make deodorant. I use half witch hazel, half Everclear and a few drops of lavender essential oil. I put it in a small spray bottle and spritz it on a couple of times before I get dressed. So far it has worked really well.

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  11. Mary Alice

    Witch hazel is a wonderful remedy for hemorrhoids.

    And it’s ever so much better that Tucks. Here’s what to do. Cut up some soft fabric into squares -maybe 3″ x 3″ (approx) or use what Jillee suggested. Then – and here’s the trick of you have ‘roids, warm the witch hazel. Soak the cloths in the warm witch hazel and apply to the spot until it gets cold. Resoak and reapply. Do this for about 10 or 20 min. a couple times a day. You will get relief and fairly quickly too.

    A nurse told me about this. This advice was worth it’s weight in gold after I had a baby and had ‘that problem.’

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      1. Mary Alice

        In a container in the microwave.
        If you have an extra wide mouthed thermos, they work wonderfully to hold the warmed witch hazel. You just night now want to use it for food afterwards.

        Or some other insulated-type container. Maybe this would work: wrap a glass jar in towels held in place with a rubber band.

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  12. Megann

    I did not know that Witch Hazel had so many uses. The only thing that I have ever used it for was an aftershave for my husband. He is in the Army and must shave his face and head everyday and the commercial aftershave is highly offensive for the amount of area that it must cover. I finally had it with buying the commercial stuff. Too expensive and smells just to strong. I found several recipes online and kind of made my own up. Take a bottle of Witch hazel and dump into an airtight container. Use the rind of your favorite citrus, I usually use oranges, just because thats what i have on hand. Add a tablespoon of whole cloves, a tablespoon of rosemary and 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks. I then let that marinate in the fridge for 3 weeks and then use a coffee filter to strain the liquid out. Then just use as regular aftershave. Hubby has loved the new aftershave and remarks on how he doesn’t “feel the burn” on his freshly shaved skin now. We have delightfully been using this method for a year now. I cant wait to try some of the other awesome uses.

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    1. Jen K.

      Your comment is so timely for me! I have been wanting to make an aftershave for my hubby but just wasn’t sure what to use. Your recipe sounds lovely and I think I’ll be giving it a try. Thanks so much!

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  13. Jen K.

    I love witch hazel so much! I use it for many of the things you listed, but didn’t know that you could use it to clean. What great tips! And great blog! Thanks Jillee! :D

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  14. Katie

    Thanks for this info Jillee! I have a container of witch hazel ($4 and it will last a while) and wasn’t sure what to do with it.

    Also, I feel your pain on the colonoscopy. I’m 21 and have already had 3 colonoscopies in my life. It’s not fun, but knowing that your body is healthy is one of the greatest rewards from it.

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    1. sea shell sally

      Katie, poor you! 3 @ your young age. I’m 52 & just had my 3rd one. The best thing I can tell is is BLOT, don’t WIPE. Sounds icky, but it really helps. Wish I knew about witch hazel.

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  15. Sandi Lawrence

    As a teenager I always used OJ’s Beauty Lotion for acne and as a result I did not have many zits and I have not acne scarring. OJ’s was which hazel. When I was pregnant I used Tuck’s for hemmorhoids and would suggest them to my pregnant friends, wish I had known about the which hazel for that.

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  16. Lynda Coles

    Dear Jillee, I am an RN who works on a digestive medicine floor at a hospital…and I am the evil person who has to administer this devil’s potion to poor innocent victims awaiting their colonoscopies (but karma wins, because I also get to clean up after them too!). ;) I think you are very brave to talk so candidly about your experience, and very thankful that you got a ‘clean’ bill of health! My patients are often in shared rooms, and it can be rather unpleasant also for the poor room-mate who’s bed is often just inches from my poor victims commode…so I will definitely try out your recipe for #2 spray and take some to work with me. I just found your website and LOVE it. I’ve been using natural home-made cleaners for years, and trained originally as a clinical aromatherapist 16 years ago before becoming a nurse. I have already made the liquid laundry detergent recipe (my scrubs are swishing away in the washer as I type…after a long hard night shift), and look forward to seeing all your wonderful ideas. Best wishes…hope your poor bottom feels better soon too!

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    1. Jillee Post author

      hahaha! Yes, karma does seem to always even things out doesn’t it? :-) Thanks for sharing Lynda! I’m so glad you like the website. Let me know how you like the detergent! I just know you are going to love it. ;-)

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  17. Jaan L of TX

    I have to say I have learned something new today…From YOU! Thanks a million, even though I knew about some of the things, the one that I was happy to find out about is using for cleansing one’s face to deal with acne. My son is a tween, and soon he will most likely need something for his face. Been trying to find a natural way take care of acne…and YEAH you told us. Thanks again

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    1. danielle schwab

      Jaan L – just remember to use the WH without alcohol in it for the acne. i took my daughter to my skin doctor and had her tell me what to do about her horrible acne. she said to use the WH but only the kind without alcohol because the alcohol will actually cause your skin to produce more oil and for someone with acne that is bad. good luck

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  18. Lynn Sterud

    I’m sorry that your colonoscopy prep was so “brutal” for you but I just wanted to let people know that everyone doesn’t have the same experience. Both my husband and I have had this procedure (I’m up for my second one this year) and did not feel as awful as you did. So please people, don’t skip this procedure out of fear. It might not be so bad and even if it is, it can save your life.

    That said, thanks for the great tips about witch hazel. I don’t have it in my medicine cabinet now but I will by the end of the day!

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      1. Bobo Vegas

        Love witch hazel. Have a bottle sitting around, used mostly for facial cleanser. I have a colonoscopy every 3 years. The only pleasant part is the drugs they give you to put you under. I will use this the next time for the pain in the derriere , never thought about that.

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  19. CTY

    I use it as a foot soak. Tired, achy, swollen, overworked feet. It helps with cracked heal, calluses and overall skin health of the foot. Just dissolve a heaping 1/2 C of Epsom Salts into a basin of warm water (38 Celsius, 100 Fahrenheit) & 2-3 TB witch hazel–essential oils can be added for help too (different ones have different bonuses) and of course smell nice. I like peppermint and lavender mix.

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  20. april yedinak

    I love witch hazel. We have always used it because my Grandma was a big believer in witch hazel. Just last night I had to put some on my son because he had a big bruise from football. I knew about the hemorrhoid treatment and used it when I was a nurse at a nursing home and the place was too cheap to buy anything to treat the patients hemorrhoids. I would make a pack of witch hazel and ‘tuck’ it for 15-20 mins twice a day. My patients were very appreciative. Thanks for high lighting this humble but effective product.

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  21. Kylie

    I love your list! I think I’ll be going out to buy some witch hazel today!
    The only thing I had heard of for Witch Hazel was to cover a large pad with it and stick it in the freezer to make “padsicles” for postpartum pain relief .

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  22. Darlene in North GA

    Witch Hazel is also the active ingredient in Absorbine, Jr. That green stuff in a bottle with a “dauber” (sponge for applying it to the skin) top. I’ve used witch hazel for years in place of that and for bug bites. Never knew the rest of the uses. Now we all know.
    And I’m off to see if I can find a YouTube on how to make your own witch hazel. Bet there’s one out there. lol

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  23. Karen423

    Have this on my shopping list too. I have bags under my eyes that I can’t ever seem to get rid of. I use a nice eye cream at night for little lines, going to try using the witch hazel in the morning as a toner (and bag reducer) before applying my makeup. Nice to know about bruises too, had a huge one on my arm from my last hunting trip.

    Going to tell my mom about the witch hazel and washcloths for varicose veins too. She lives in Florida and rarely wears capris or shorts.

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  24. Chris

    I have been using Witch Hazel for years on my skin as well as on my dogs. It is one of the things that my house must have on hand at all times. I usually buy several bottles at a time as it is one thing that I don’t like to run out of.

    I make a dog shampoo with it that is equal parts Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera Jel and Murphy’s Oil Soap. Our Canine Team uses this same mixture to bathe the police dogs. It doesn’t soap up a lot so it is therefore easier to rinse off, but it does a good job of getting the dog clean and protects there skin.

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  25. Thea

    I started using Witch Hazel after I had my son just a few months ago. I read about using it to make a “padsicle” at home. You just soak a maxi pad with Witch Hazel and put it in the freezer until you need it. I used them for about 2 weeks after giving birth. They were a life saver for me. Now I put together a gift bag with Witch Hazel, Maxi pads and instructions to give my friends when I visit them in the hospital after they have given birth.

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  26. Mary Austin

    Summer at the Connecticut shore would not be the same without Witch Hazel to take the bite out of jellyfish stings. Have been using Witch Hazel to help heal bug bite for over 40 years now. Don’t alwasy need the fancy expensive stuff.

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  27. Kimberly

    Thanks for the great round-up. I picked up a bottle of Witch Hazel at the Dollar Tree recently because it was one of those things I always wanted. Then I couldn’t remember why. Thanks for the reminders! :-)

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  28. Roseanne

    I add Witch Hazel in many of my handmade (cold process) soaps. It seems to have great results for those with oily or acne prone skin. I’ve been using it 2x day for the past 6 months as a toner (with my soaps), and my skin has never looked better (I’m 44).
    Thanks for all the other great tips:)

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  29. Cindy

    I have used it to thin out semi dried out liquid make up. Mascara and lash primer tubes mostly. I have not tried it on other make up items as I seldom do much with make up anymore, thus the dried out tubes. I do not use them enough to replace them at six months as recommended nor do I wish to waste the money to buy a new tube when I want to wear it. This was my solution.
    PS: I also use ETHYL alcohol to thin out nail polish and to remove false nails when needed. Sometimes they just break and leave part of the nail on and to rip it off can do some damage. If you drop some of that on an edge and gently pry it up, drop a few more drops on it, pry a little further….repeating until you remove it there seems to be much less damage done to the nail as well as the tip and if it did not break beyond repair doing this can allow you to reuse the nail tip also (filing the inner glue either completely off or mostly). Still do a lot with the nails, not so much with the make up :-)

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  30. Helen

    You can use Witch Hazel to make a natural and effective Yoga Mat cleaner/deodorizer. Just mix witch hazel and water together (1 part witch hazel to 4 parts water) in a spray bottle. Spritz on and wipe off and leave to fully dry before you roll up your mat. You can also add tea tree oil and/or lavender but be careful in doing so as with some mats this can damage them. I personally just use the water and witch hazel mix. Works well and it’s easy to use and is inexpensive.

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  31. Liz

    After you have a baby, making “padsicles” to help with “down there” trauma healing is one of the BEST things that I can recommend to new moms. You take a menstrual pad (cloth or disposable), soak it in witch hazel, and stick it in the freezer. Heaven on your poor, poor nethers.

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  32. Sandra

    Thank you Jillie! Amazing. Def trying it on dark circles. My husband has started using it on his neck each day to help keep the collar of his shirts from yellowing. I’ll let you know if it works. :) Thanks for talking so candidly about your experience. I’ve had SO many colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies – some even while awake. I have Crohn’s disease and I think many people don’t want to talk “bathroom” talk but it’s needed so people don’t feel ashamed, can get help, and so people are aware. For those of you that are healthy, it’s not that bad so please make sure you get don’t skip them. Esp because the cells in your colon regenerate every 8 days. So you want your Dr. to find any bad stuff and get it out ASAP. Hope you don’t need any of that though. Honestly, I think of it as a detox. Some people do cleanses on purpose. So this is ours. LOL. Also, helps to use unscented unperfumed wipes instead of toilet paper if you’re going to the bathroom that much ever. Not as rough. Be well, ya’ll!

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  34. nicole

    Wow, i feel like I have the cure for cancer, in my bathroom, I can’t believe all it does, I have had mine so long i don’t remember what i bought it for, (i am thinking it could be bath bombs but not sure). I can not wait to try some of these

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  35. Serenity

    Hi. I bought witchhazel on Amazon three and a half years ago. It was a two bottle special of the Lavender witchhazel for like, $9.00 and I am just about finished with the last bottle. It is by the maker of the bottle pictured here. I use it as an astringent/toner after I wash my face and before I put on moisturizer. I think this is a great. all natural way to care for your skin. I was not aware there was any other uses for it. I was delighted by this article and I wish to implement these other way and I am going to pin this on my board on Pinterest and start using this. Especially to put on after shaving, especially my legs and bikini area because I have such sensitive skin that has a tendency to break out in razor rash. I think that would help tremendously. Thank you for such as lovely, well written and informative article, as always, dear. Keep up the good work! xo

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  36. Dawn

    Thanks for your post – I also have to get regular colonoscopies due to family history – starting in my 20′s. I just had one, and agree with everything you said about them! The thought of not completing the prep and having to do it again also kept me motivated. That actually happened to my brother. He completed the full prep, went it, but the GI doc was unable to do it. So, my brother had to reschedule, and after that, he had to fast for 2 days. I hope I remember your tip in 5 years when it’s time for my next one – I was all clear this time!

    I enjoy your blog. Thanks for your efforts.

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  37. Joy Gallagher

    CALMOSEPTINE . order it from yourlocal wallgreens or online. Doc said, ” Its like a peppermint patty on your butt.” Its like a diaper cream but w/ menthol. Its great for bug bites or itchy spots like eczema and diaper cream. When I have the runs I put some on first trip to the toilet to protect my bum. :)

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    1. Dawn

      this works well with diaper rash (adults and babies) I am a nurse and my patient was being given an antibiotic that was causing her severe diarrhea. She was very very strawberry red and inflamed and even patting her instead of wiping caused her excruciating pain. This cream cleared this beet red rash up in 24 hours. Great stuff. Thanks for spreading the word about this cream.

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  38. amanda

    I too use Witch Hazel for facial cleansing and even shared with my teens how it helps with acne. They thought surely I had no idea what I was talking about until one of my teens wanted to apease me by using it and sure enough, her acne decreased and the redness faded away. They are believers now! Thanks for sharing all these uses Jillee, I had no idea it could be used for razor burn & sun burn. I will add that to my list of uses.

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  39. Melissa

    I use witch hazel to make facial toner/wash. I pour 16oz over assorted herbs (chamomile, calendula, lavender, green tea, and thyme) and let it steep for a few weeks before straining for use. I use it after my shower in the morning as a toner and then again in the evening to remove makeup and dirt prior to bed. I’ve found that it makes my skin less oily, and the combination of the herbs works great to prevent acne and sooth my normally red cheeks. And it smells wonderful to boot!

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  40. Comet

    If you want sheer luminous foundation makeup–

    Take a drop of foundation (liquid) the size of a nickel (or about–depends on how thick the stuff is!) on your palm

    Add a few drops of a “liquid-ey” facial moisturizer–I use Clinique Yellow Lotion for this

    Mix together

    Add a few drops of WITCH HAZEL and blend well

    Use as you would any other foundation

    But–It will make a lovely texture and feel sooo much less “cakey” than out of the bottle stuff and make your face smoother and the skin a little tauter without feeling “tight” due to the properties of the WITCH HAZEL

    If you have an area that needs extra coverage just add a little less of the moisturizer and witch hazel to a small dab of foundation and blend well

    And of course–use WITCH HAZEL first to make sure your skin is clean and smooth!

    Going to have to use some of these recipes soon!

    Also–for colonoscopy prep–ask if it is OK for you to use MIRA LAX instead of the straight “Poopin’ Juice” citrate. IT seems to clean just as well and does not have the same forceful tornado effect. My MD recommended this and as some one with a damaged digestive system I can say that this was not nearly as bad as when my system freaks out and forces me to make the bathroom my home

    Also—chilled ALOE gel is a wonderful thing for some of the same uses like sunburn bug bites etc. (it is also avail with Lidocaine for pain!!!!—-) and I use the Witch Hazel first and then the gel. Mmmmmmm—-

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  41. Cheri

    Anything that helps with poison ivy gets an automatic spot in my medicine cabinet, next to the soaps, lotions, potions, creams and essential oils. I swear that stuff tries to kill me. Once again, Jillee can be counted on for useful tips. Thank you for the heads up on treatment for my nemesis and sooooo glad to hear you got a clean report!
    P.S. I think you are a big ol’ trickerer for naming your site onegoodthingbyjillee.com, because in reality, it should have been called amilliongoodthingsbyjillee.com! 2,192 hours well spent though!! ;)

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