1. Native Americans used witch hazel teas and tinctures to treat cuts and scratches, insect bites, poison ivy, bruises, swelling, and sore gums, among other ailments.
2. Witch hazel extract can speed healing of blisters, cold sores, shaving nicks, and sunburn.
3. If you have normal-to-oily hair, you can even use witch hazel as a substitute for hairspray.
4. The white interiors of witch hazel seeds are edible, and taste something like pistachio nuts.
Try this recipe for witch hazel extract from Yankee‘s sister publication, The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Read the Yankee November/December 2008 story about the brush cutters of Eastern Connecticut, who know just where to find a supply of witch hazel.
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