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.
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
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.
Another key skin benefit is that it doesn’t dry skin out like many chemically manufactured skincare products.
This helps firm the skin and stimulate connective tissue, contributing to a clearer complexion and gently calming sensitive skin prone to redness.
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.
This can be helpful in the natural treatment of eczema by reducing itching, redness and scaling.
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.