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Wonderful witch hazel’s benefits for the skin

February - Witch Hazel - Green Harmony Products

I’ve always been aware of witch hazel’s antiseptic powers and its benefits for the skin.

Every time we ended up with cuts, wounds or bites as children, my Granny would use her antiseptic lotion made of witch hazel and tea tree to wash them off.

Also during puberty when my skin seemed to have a mind of its own Granny’s witch hazel lotion always helped to clear spots and skin problems.

Even in the depths of winter you’ll still be treated to the appearance of magical witch hazel blooms. Also known as winterbloom and snapping hazel, this deciduous shrub or small tree has an unusually late flowering period lasting from December through to March, gracing us with beautiful displays of yellow, orange or red spidery flowers.

Sadly when you’re young, you don’t think about the future

After my beloved Granny passed away her magic lotion recipe was lost forever. I still experiment to find the correct consistency from my memories!

So, this month I’m highlighting witch hazel’s benefit for skin.






Good for oily skin

Witch hazel is one of the most effective natural astringents.

Tannins and polyphenols extracted from the bark, leaves and twigs are used to produce witch hazel water. Its these tannins that make it a natural astringent and remove excess oil.

Witch hazel’s astringent properties are what make it one of the most natural acne treatments available. It can help reduce skin inflammation, decrease oil levels and redness. It can also reduce the visibility of pores and excess oil production.

 Another key skin benefit is that it doesn’t dry skin out like many chemically manufactured skincare products.

You can treat problem areas directly by applying with a cotton bud to the skin. It’s also beneficial when used as part of your daily cleansing routine. It can be found in many types of washes, shampoos, ointments and gels.


Clearer complexion and reduced puffiness

Witch hazel’s tannins help stimulate the flow of blood.

This helps firm the skin and stimulate connective tissue, contributing to a clearer complexion and gently calming sensitive skin prone to redness.

The ability to tighten skin also helps in reducing under eye bags and puffiness.

So, if you’re plagued with puffy eyes due to things like allergies, stress, sun exposure or excessive alcohol applying Witch hazel to this area can help alleviate this problem.


Anti-inflammatory benefits

Witch hazel possesses a powerful anti-itch and anti-inflammatory power.

This can be helpful in the natural treatment of eczema by reducing itching, redness and scaling.

It’s ability to aid in healing damaged skin can also provide relief from sunburn. It will reduce healing time and prevent skin from peeling and flaking if used regularly during the healing process


Witch hazel a winter pick me up

Winter pick me up

If you suffer from the winter blues, you may find witch hazel can provide a mental boost during the long winter months.

So, there you have it. The many uses for this magical winter pick me up.

Why not try using it daily as part of your natural skincare routine. Just add it to a cotton ball and swipe over face to fight acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, shrink pores and remove makeup.

Here are a few products we recommend that contain witch hazel.

Pere Marve Sailor aftershave cooling balm – gives skin a remarkable smoothness and regeneration and prevents irritations and micro- cuts. Actively reinvigorates and calm the skin.Pere Marve Spa 24 hour anti-wrinkle cream – helps prevent the signs of aging.

Pere Marve 250 magic spa gel for stiff/ tired legs – helps to alleviate stuffiness and fatigue on the legs, ankles and feet.