Witch hazel extracts contain antioxidant compounds that may protect against sunburn and aging from the sun. On the skin: 5 to 10 grams of leaf and bark simmered in 250 milliliters of water or undiluted As an alcohol extract (commonly available in pharmacies): Saturate a piece of cloth and apply to the affected area.
By suppository, use 0.1 to 1 gram leaf and bark applied one to three times daily. Stomach upset may result from taking witch hazel by mouth.
When you apply it to skin, it may, rarely, cause inflammation (contact dermatitis). But if you take high doses by mouth, it may cause kidney or liver damage.
Although witch hazel contains a known cancer -causing ingredient, there's likely no need for concern unless you regularly use high concentrations. The FDA does not review these supplements for safety or efficacy before they hit the market.
Witch hazel is a deciduous bush or small tree reaching about 6 m in height found in damp woods throughout most of North America. The plant, including the crude leaf and bark, is used in a variety of forms; fluid extracts, poultices, and most commonly as witch hazel water.
The latter, also known as Hammers water or distilled witch hazel extract, is obtained from recently cut, partially dormant twigs. Witch hazel water is the most commonly found commercial preparation, usually kept in most homes as a topical cooling agent or astringent.
Traditionally, witch hazel was known to native North American people as a treatment for tumors and eye inflammations. Other uses include treatment of hemorrhoids, burns, cancers, tuberculosis, colds, and fever.
Witch hazel preparations are commonly used for skin conditions, including diaper rash; however, clinical studies supporting these uses are generally lacking. Steam distillates of Hammers are used diluted (1:3 with water) or undiluted, and in semisolid preparations at 5% to 10% of crude drug.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances. Witch hazel is a natural remedy made from the bark and leaves of a plant called Hammers Virginian.
In addition, some people use witch hazel as a toner (a type of skin-care product said to cleanse the skin and tighten pores). While some proponents recommend internal use of witch hazel for some conditions (such as diarrhea, colds, and even cancer), there is no evidence that consuming witchhazelcan enhance your health.
The available research includes several laboratory studies showing that certain compounds found in witch hazel may produce antioxidant effects. Witch hazel may help treat sunburn when applied topically, according to a 2010 report published in the Journal of the German Society of Dermatology.
The report's authors also state that witch hazel may help shield the skin from damage induced by exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Seventy-eight of the study participants were treated with dexpanthenol ointment (a medication commonly used for skin disorders), while the other 231 children underwent treatment with witch hazel.
Study results revealed that both dexpanthenol ointment and witch hazel were similarly effective and well tolerated by the subjects. Internal use is not recommended, due to concerns that ingestion of witch hazel may cause nausea, vomiting, constipation, liver damage, and other adverse effects.
Although witch hazel is typically sold in distilled liquid form, this remedy is also available in ointments and medicated pads. Though not fatal, ingesting witch hazel is potentially dangerous due to the tannins in the commercial product.
Witch hazel comes in liquid form and as medicated pads and wipes that can be used to relieve the pain and itching of external hemorrhoids. Bring to a boil in a covered pot, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes, keeping the lid on.
It may be possible to relieve minor skin problems (such as insect bites or mild sunburn) by applying witch hazel topically. Avoiding or delaying standard care and self-treating a chronic condition with witch hazel (or any other form of alternative medicine) may have serious health consequences.
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I don’t suppose many of us could define and elephant, but we know what one is when we see one, and most of us have a sort of intuitive feel about what the word astringent means. So remembering having had witch hazel applied to bruises when I was a kid, the astringent experience was intense pain, a feeling of tightening of the skin and then a numbing of the pain that kicked in a little later.
I don’t know exactly what was happening, but I imagine it is something to do with the pain receptors in the skin being shut down, probably as a result of being stimulated by something in the witch hazel. Once they have been triggered they will be depleted for a period and so you won’t feel so much pain and irritation.
It is not in principle a good idea to have witch hazel in eye drops. I expect it is just a nominal amount to make it sound nice.
Most people don’t think these things through too logically, so the marketing team might well have just wanted to include an ingredient to help them to make a story. Opted will have made sure that the product was safe enough to use before they released it.
This entry was posted in Problem Pages and tagged eyes, ingredients on May 17, 2013, by Colin. The leaf, bark, and twigs are used to make medicine.
This is a liquid that is distilled from dried leaves, bark, and partially dormant twigs of witch hazel. Some people apply witch hazel directly to the skin for itching, pain and swelling (inflammation), eye inflammation, skin injury, mucous membrane inflammation, vaginal dryness after menopause, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bruises, insect bites, minor burns, acne, sensitive scalp, and other skin irritations. They are also included in some medications to give those products the ability to slow down or stop bleeding.
Those medications are used for treating insect bites, stings, teething, hemorrhoids, itching, irritations, and minor pain. Applying witch hazel water to the skin may help to temporarily relieve itching, discomfort, irritation, and burning from hemorrhoids and other anal disorders.
Applying witch hazel bark, leaf, or water to the skin reduces minor bleeding. Applying witch hazel cream seems to relieve mild skin irritation, but not as well as hydrocortisone.
Other research shows that applying a specific witch hazel ointment (Hamlet) to the skin appears to improve symptoms of skin injury or irritated skin as effectively as a dexpanthenol ointment in children. Applying a cream containing witch hazel to the skin for 14 days does not seem to improve itchy and inflamed skin in people with moderate eczema.
Applying hydrocortisone cream seems to be a more effective treatment option. Early research shows that applying a cream containing witch hazel into the vagina can reduce feelings of vaginal dryness in postmenopausal women.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of witch hazel for these uses. Side Effects Witch hazel is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when applied directly to the skin.
Witch hazel is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when small doses are taken by mouth. In some people, witch hazel might cause stomach upset when taken by mouth.
Witch hazel contains a cancer-causing chemical (parole), but in amounts that are too small to be of concern. Pregnancy and breast-feeding : There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking witch hazel if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
For skin irritation : An after sun lotion containing 10% witch hazel water has been used. APPLIED TO THE ANUS : For itching and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids and other anal disorders : Witch hazel water has been applied up to 6 times per day or after every bowel movement.
CHILDRENAPPLIED TO THE SKIN : For skin irritation : An ointment containing witch hazel has been applied several times per day in children aged 2-11 years. Proven results of therapy with a hammers containing hemorrhoid ointment.
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