15 Extraordinary Ways to Use Witch Hazel
I have used witch hazel for years as an astringent in my skin care routine. Last week I had a bug bite and dabbed a bit on it. It was soothing, stopped the itch, and dried it right up. I decided to do a bit of research on witch hazel. It has been used throughout history especially for its benefits on the skin. It is natural and non-toxic. When paired with a few other natural ingredients the results are remarkable.
Here are my favorite ways to use witch hazel. Hope you will give them a try too.
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- Makeup Priming Spray/Water – Add 6 tablespoons of witch hazel, 4 tablespoons of glycerine, a few drops of lavender and cedarwood essential oils to a spray bottle. Give it a shake before each use. Spray on your face before applying makeup for a beautiful finish and lasting stay.
- Acne Treatment – Add a drop of witch hazel and a drop of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and dab on the problem area/s.
- Bags Under the Eyes – Place a drop on a cotton ball and gently apply to under eye bags. It tightens up the skin and reduces bagginess. Have you ever heard of ladies applying Preparation H under eyes for eye bags? Guess What?! Witch Hazel is an ingredient. The more you know. LOL
- Diaper Rash – Apply to a cotton ball to and apply directly to the rash to soothe and heal.
- Toner – Add alcohol free witch hazel to a spritzer bottle. Top it off with a few drops of lavender essential oil for skin toner that will leave your skin glowing.
- Makeup Remover – Combine 1 cup of hot water, 4 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil, 4 tablespoons of a gentle cleanser, 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Then pack cotton rounds into a mason jar and soak them in the mixture. Pull out one round at a time to remove makeup as needed. YAY for just one more way to avoid toxins.
- Mermaid Hair – Add alcohol free witch hazel to a 2oz bottle with a few drops of lavender, lemon and rosemary oils. Spray on damp hair and work into scalp. Your scalp will dance.
- Cooling Sunburn Spray – Cool your skin and relieve sunburns. Fill a 2oz spray bottle 60% with water. Add in 4 teaspoons of witch hazel, 25 drops of peppermint and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Spray on a sunburn.
- Razor Burn – Apply to skin after shaving to help prevent razor burn and ingrown hair.
- Varicose Veins – Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs over veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.
- Nail Polish Thinner – Add a few drops of witch hazel to thin out your polish.
- Linen Spray – Add to a 2 oz spritz bottle along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and spritz anytime you want to freshen your air or linens.
- Jewelry Cleaner – Soak your jewelry in witch hazel, gently brush with a toothbrush, and rinse.
- Insect Repellent – Fill a spray bottle with witch hazel and add a drop of lemongrass and lavender oils to repel bugs.
- Cleaning Dogs Ears – Clean your dog’s ears by moistening a cloth with witch hazel, squeeze the excess out, and gently wipe the inside of the ears. Avoid using a cotton swab and going deep into the ear. Don’t be surprised it you dogs back legs do a little happy dance.
There are tons of other ways to use witch hazel. If you have a use I didn’t name, please share in the comments below.
PS I pick witch haze up at War Mart for around $2.00. I just ordered the cute bottles you see in the photos on Amazon. I have to say…I feel a Sparkle Crush coming on with the rose infused.
CREDITS//AUTHOR, CREATOR, AND PHOTOGRAPHY: GWYN @SPARKLINGCHARM.COM Research: GOOGLE.