Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)

Product Code: HERB012

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What is Witch Hazel?

Witch Hazel is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, The witch-hazels are deciduous shrubs or (rarely) small trees growing to 3–8 meters tall, rarely to 12 meters tall. The leaves are alternately arranged, oval, 4–16 centimeters long and 3–11 centimeters broad, with a smooth or wavy margin. The genus name, Hamamelis, means "together with fruit", referring to the simultaneous occurrence of flowers with the maturing fruit from the previous year. . Each flower has four slender strap-shaped petals 1–2 centimeters long, pale to dark yellow, orange, or red. The fruit is a two-part capsule 1 centimeter (0.39 in) long, containing a single 5 millimeters glossy black seed in each of the two parts; the capsule splits explosively at maturity in the autumn about 8 months after flowering, ejecting the seeds with sufficient force to fly for distances of up to 10 meters, thus another alternative name "Snapping Hazel".

How does it work?

Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria.


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