Witch Hazel – a Bathroom Essential

For the longest time, I had no idea what “Witch Hazel” was or why it always belonged in a bathroom cabinet. To me, it sounded more like a English tea. Or something that my dad had in his garage to treat wood. I dunno.

 

But now that I’m a fully informed adult, I know that witch hazel is an astringent derived from the witch-hazel shrub. It’s been long used to treat skin irritations, so it has that “been-around-for-centuries” seal of approval.

Thayer’s Witch Hazel with the gentle rose petal scent is the one we use.

For quick zit treatment and facial tonerĀ you can use these witch hazel pads. It treats softens and soothes skin and also shrinks pores and removes excess oil.

It checks off on being paraben-free, vegan and smelling awesome. Oh, and it’s pretty affordable compared to some of the brand name cosmetics.

 

And the positives don’t stop there! You can also use witch hazel to soothe sunburns, treat bug bites, de-puff eyes and splash on as an aftershave. It’s the Swiss army knife of astringents… if only it could fit on my keychain! 😊

And… if you like to grow things, you can even grow your own witch hazel plant! We have some in our yard and they produce beautiful blossoms! You can grow witch hazel in pots for a while indoors.