3. Treat acne.
This use goes hand-in-hand with that above. When you get rid of excess oils on your skin and get rid of dirt and debris, you unclog your pores and let acne dry out. Doing it regularly is a huge help if you are acne-prone. In fact, it’s arguably one of the most effective treatments I have ever tried, and certainly among the cheapest. Pair it up with a natural product containing activated charcoal for the best effect. These two treatments alone have reduced my acne to about 25% of what it used to be.
4. Shrink your pores.
If you have large, open pores on your skin and can’t stand the sight of them, then you will find that a daily application of witch hazel will help to shrink their appearance. This is true even if you do not suffer from acne or oily skin.
5. Get rid of dandruff.
Suffer from dry, flaky skin on your scalp? If you are sick of dandruff, try treating it with witch hazel. Just massage it into your scalp, and then follow it up with your standard shampoo and conditioner in the shower and rinse it all out. Alternatively, you can use it to wash your hair and scalp between shampoos, if you get your hair wet in the shower on non-wash days.
6. Prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
7. Shrink varicose veins.
Varicose veins are an unsightly cosmetic blemish with a similar appearance to stretch marks. They often form in the same locations as well (the thighs are common). Like stretch marks, they can be troublesomely stubborn. Witch hazel is a popular folk remedy for spider veins. Just dab some on with a cotton ball several times a day. Some people who have tried this report that it reduces the appearance of the veins, while others say it can alleviate the discomfort which is sometimes associated with them.
8. Get rid of bags under your eyes.
You know those annoying bags that show up under your eyes when you’re tired? Witch hazel is an effective remedy for getting rid of them. Remember, it tightens up skin. That is why it works so great to shrink pores and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. That same quality helps to tighten up the skin under your eyes. Away with those bags!
9. Soothe puffy eyes.
10. Tame frizzy hair.
11. Make a natural deodorant.
12. Soothe diaper rash.
13. Relieve chicken pox.
14. Treat and prevent razor burn.
15. Treat a sunburn.
Nothing itches and burns quite like your skin after a day out on the beach. Just in time for summer, witch hazel is here to save the day. Sunburn is a form of inflammation, so witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties are ideal for quenching the burn. You can even prevent a sunburn from peeling this way, and you can speed the healing process along, lessening the damage. Just soak a washcloth in the witch hazel and apply it for several minutes so it has time to soak in. You can do this several times a day if you need to.
16. Heal a cold sore.
When you feel that little tingle that signifies you have a cold sore coming on, try applying a little witch hazel to the spot. This may actually prevent it from becoming a full-on blister. If the cold sore blister has already formed, put the witch hazel on it as soon as you can. It should speed up the healing process and make it go away faster.
17. Heal sore or inflamed gums.
18. Soothe a sore throat or laryngitis.
19. Heal bug bites.
20. Relieve poison ivy and poison oak.
21. Treating hemorrhoids.
22. Clean wounds.
If you have a light scrape or cut, you can use witch hazel to clean and disinfect the wound site. The antiseptic properties will reduce the chances that a bacterial infection will take root, and will also speed up the healing process.