Witch Hazel Hydrosol

EXTRACTION: Steam distillation


DESCRIPTION: Witch Hazel hydrosol is a compound extracted from the witch-hazel shrub, or the Hamamelis virginiana.  The witch hazel plant is found in North America and has been used in traditional indigenous medicine for centuries.  Witch hazel is an astringent with multiple healing benefits.  Indigenous cultures in North America use this astringent to treat swellings, inflammations and tumors.  Their healing methods using this ingredient were adopted by early Puritan settlers once they arrived from Europe.  It was Dr. Charles Hawes who discovered that steam distillation of witch hazel stems and bark produced stronger healing capabilities and was the first to market witch hazel as “Hawes Extract” in Essex, Connecticut at the end of the 19 th century.  Witch hazel has an innate ability to sooth, calm and cool skin.  It can be used to treat hemorrhoids, minor bleeding, skin irritation, eczema, psoriasis, cracked skin, and insect bites. It contains calcium oxalate, gallotannis, and safrole which are the compounds responsible for its astringent capabilities.

Combats acne
Treats skin irritations
Diminishes oil
Aids with healing of ingrown hairs
Limits excess sweating
Fights against sun damage and melanoma
Diminishes razor burn
Healing and preventing of hemorrhoids

FOUND IN:  AFTERSHAVE – Bay Rum, AFTERSHAVE – Muskoka, CLEANSE – Tea Tree & Aloe Vera, Sweet Orange Gel Cleanser, Spotbuster Blemish Treatment.



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