Witch hazel can be used externally or internally to help dry and calm. Although it is a generally safe herb, there are some things to keep in mind when using herbal remedies containing witch hazel.
Witch Hazel Preparations and Dosage
Witch hazel is most often used topically in the form of lotions, poultices, and creams, but it is also added to tinctures and teas for internal use.
Witch hazel is not recommended as a general daily beverage, but it may be consumed for cases of hemorrhoids, diarrhea, or weak, lax uterus, veins, and intestines. Some recipes are below.
Tincture: Use 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon, two to six times a day.
Herbal Tea: Drink several cups each day, when needed. Limit use to several weeks duration.
Witch Hazel Precautions and Warnings
None for the herb itself; do not use commercial witch hazel preparations internally if they contain isopropyl alcohol, which is a poison.
Side Effects of Witch Hazel
The tannins in witch hazel can produce nausea if you take it too frequently or take too large a dose at once.
When taken in the proper amounts, witch hazel can help dry out oily skin, shrink swollen tissue and relieve a number of ailments. Just be sure to use it with caution and be aware of what other things it is mixed with in lotions and other compounds.
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