Fun Facts about Witch Hazel


Witch hazel: is this an ingredient for witches and spells?

Not quite, but witch hazel is a game-changing ingredient when used in beauty products, holistic medicine, and much more! Let's dive in and learn more interesting facts about witch hazel. 

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  • Witch hazel is a flowering plant from the Hamamelidaceae family, and the leaves, bark, and twigs are used medicinally. The liquid distilled from these parts of the plant is also used cosmetically! 
  • Witch hazel has several medicinal properties: it is an astringent, anti-inflammatory, a sedative, antibacterial, antiviral, and so much more!   
  • Witch hazel is a shrub or flowering plant that grows to be about 15 feet tall. 
  • Witch hazel is found in three main parts of the world: North America, Europe, and Asia. 
  • Witch hazel is great at treating acne! Since witch hazel is an astringent, when used on the skin, it can clean out and disinfect the pores. Sweet! 
  • The extracts of witch hazel were used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes, such as treating swelling and inflammation, soothing sore muscles, and even stopping bleeding! 
  • Witch hazel has many lovely synonyms, such as "snapping hazel", "magician's rod", and "winter bloom".
  • It can reduce stretch marks and scars! Yes, please! Pregnant women can use witch hazel wipes on their bellies and thighs to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. 
  • The word "witch" in witch hazel is not to be confused with the sorceress! The term "witch" comes from the Old English term "wice", which means "bendable". 
  • Witch hazel can take up to 2 years to start sprouting!
  • As long as it is sealed and not exposed to direct sunlight, witch hazel can last for years! Isn’t that neat? 
  • Witch hazel is also great for your pets! It can be used to clean your pets’ ears and it gets rid of ticks and pet odors. 
  • Witch hazel plants are often used as decoration because of their beautiful yellow, orange, and red flowers. 
  • Witch hazel plants are deciduous plants, which means that they shed their leaves every season. Can you think of any other plants or trees that are deciduous?
  • The branches of the witch hazel plant have been used to divine gold and water. It was said that the branches pulled downward when gold and water were present underground. So go and grab some witch hazel branches and let the hunt for gold begin!  
  • Witch hazel can be used as an environmentally friendly household cleaner! Neat-o. 

Even though witch hazel isn't used by witches or for spells, you've got to admit that it's pretty magical! Let us know in the comments what you will be using witch hazel for first?! Check out the rest of our blog for DIYs and more fun facts!

Resources for added facts:
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Clark, J. (n.d.). 40 Amazing Witch Hazel Uses and Benefits. Retrieved July 27, 2018, from
Fun Flower Facts: Witch Hazel. (2013, September 27). Retrieved from