Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana)
The Hamamelis virginiana, also known as Witch Hazel, spotted alder, and winter bloom, is a native of the Eastern 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, diarrhea, and hemorrhoids. Witch hazel is quite effective in the treatment of hemorrhoids 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 caused by varicose veins. It is also used for a long time as a prevention 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 are 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.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!