witch hazel

witch hazel

part of plant used: 
twig bark and leaves
botanical name: 
Hamamelis virginiana
alternative names: 
Winter bloom, Virginian pistachia

Witch hazel is cooling, dry and astringent. It works to decongest, solidify, astringe and stabilize. The medicinal actions are: haemostatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and cleansing astringent. It acts on hyper-relaxed tissue, promoting astriction and clearing internal damp congestion. It contains flavanoids which strengthen the collagen matrix and therefore tone and restore normal tissue. As a haemostatic it stops bleeding, and haemorrhage, removing venous blood stagnation as it repairs the vessel walls. And it’s content of quercetin make for anti-histamine actions too.

Hemorrhoid and varicose veins cream

60gm. This cream I first made over 20 years ago for a woman in pain with serious haemorrhoids. This woman phoned to tell me the pain was gone within an hour of applying this cream. This inspired her to keep applying it for some months. Her haemorrhoids had been a problem for years and just a few months of applying this cream repaired her haemorrhoids. Varicose veins and haemorrhoids are created when the walls of blood vessels collapse and create a bubble.

55gm of hypericum flowers infused in sweet almond oil; oils of wheatgerm and flaxseed; beeswax and shea butter; herb tinctures of yarrow, horsechestnut, witchhazel, lavender, chickweed, mullein, comfrey, aloe; essential oils of lavender, lemon and cypress.