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Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel

By Fredrica Syren:

Witch hazel, a shrub that grows in the eastern and midwestern U.S. as well parts of Canada, has been used by native Americans as medicine for a long time. Its best known for its anti-inflammatory properties because it contains tannins that help reduce swelling and fight bacteria. Today, major skincare companies use it as a base in toners, cleaners and makeup remover. Witch hazel is great for treating lots of skin problems, but make sure to buy only alcohol free witch hazel. My favorite brand is Essential Living Witch Hazel Toner.

Uses:

Makeup—Create your own makeup removal pads using witch hazel as a base.

Sore postpartum bottoms-—This was my saving grace after giving birth to all three of my children because it really did help reduce swelling.

Sunburn—Make a paste of equal amounts of baking soda and witch hazel and apply to burn.

Hemorrhoids—Keep witch hazel in the fridge for cooling effect. Soak a cotton ball in it and hold on affected area as long as possible.

Diaper rash—Great for soothing red baby bums, witch hazel is a great ingredient for making your own baby wipesor just making a spray.

Pain and itching from poison ivy and bug bites—Make a paste of equal amounts of baking soda and witch hazel, and apply to bite or rash to help alleviate discomfort.

 Dandruff—It’s good for both hair and scalp, and can help treat dandruff. Make a rinse by diluting one part witch hazel with nine parts water, and use before shampooing—or rub witch hazel directly onto scalp before shampooing.

 Bruises and swelling—To ease, apply directly onto bruise a couple of times a day.

Cuts—Clean cuts and scrapes with undiluted hazel.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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