Hamamelis virginiana - Witch Hazel - Αμαμηλίς
The Hamamelis virginiana, also known as Witch Hazel, spotted alder and winterbloom, is a native of the Easter United States and Canada. The active ingredients of this herbal plant are catechins, gallic acids, tannins, phenolic acids, saponins and hamamelitannins among others.
The plant is primarily known for its antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used extensively for the treatment of skin disorders, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids. Witch hazel is quite effective in treatment of haemorrhoids as it is able to control pain and reduce inflammation and swelling in the affected area.
Its ability to constrict blood vessels makes it a good treatment for bleeding wounds and minor bruises – when applied externally. It is also used for shrinking and controlling the pain cause by varicose veins. It is also used for a long time as a preventive against bacterial infections.
The astringent properties of Hamamelis virginiana help in treating cough and fever. This herb offers cosmetic benefits owing to its astringent properties which is able to fight signs of aging on the skin. It is quite effective in the treatment of acne and also helps close open pores improving skin texture and preventing further infection.