Witch Hazel Bark Cut & Sifted

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Witch hazel is a North American shrubby plant native to eastern North America and some parts of the southern U.S. Native Americans, who introduced the plant to early European settlers, boiled the bark and twigs to make a decoction for various skin irritations. Witch hazel bark is also used to produce tinctures and extracts for topical use.

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approximate cups to one pound6
originunited states
active compoundsFlavonoids, Bitter principle, Volatile oil, Tannins
plant part usedbark
processingcut & sifted

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general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark location.
appearance & aromaWoody and reddish-brown, without significant aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse in hot water or tincture in alcohol to make astringent skin clarifying lotions and liniments.
industrialCommon witch hazel extract found in nearly any pharmacy is produced from this plant.
safetyInternal use of this herb is not recommended to a high concentration of tannic acids.

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witch hazel

Witch hazel is a fall-blooming shrubby tree distributed throughout the woods of the eastern half of North America. The plant is also known as snapping hazelnut, although it should not be confused with the cobnut or filbert nut (aka hazelnut) harvested from one of a dozen species of hazel in the birch family of trees.

Early New England settlers learned how to use witch hazel from Native Americans, who made decoctions and tinctures from the bark to address insect bites, wounds and other topical ailments. Witch hazel extract is still widely available in pharmacies and, at one time, the extract of the herb was the key ingredient in Ponds Extract, the mid-19th century beauty cream that eventually became known as Pond's Vanishing Cream and later still as Pond's Cold Cream.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.