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Witch hazel

witch hazelHamamelis virginiana

The bark of Witch Hazel is used most frequently as a distilled water or as a cream, for bruises, wounds, sprains, swellings, varicose veins and haemorroids. Internally it is used as an astringent for such conditions as diarrhoea, haemorrhages, prolapses and varicose veins.

The word ‘Witch’ relates to ‘wich’, pliable or bendable, and has nothing to do with witches. The plant derives from north America.