Witch Hazel Leaves

Hamamelis virginiana - Winterbloom, 金缕梅属, بندق الساحرة

Witch Hazel Leaves

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Witch hazel is native to Eastern North America and Eastern Asia. These are flowering plants that can grow to be up to 25 feet tall. They can be found growing in gardens as ornamental plants. These usually flower in the fall and winter, leading them to also be known as 'winter bloom'. 

The name witch hazel comes from Old English and translates to 'bendable'. The name of this plant does not have any relation to witches who practice magic. 

The leaves can be used to help with a variety of ailments such as various surface-level irritations. While they can be eaten, the leaves are used mainly as a topical medication. Witch hazel leaves may also be made into tea but are most popularly used as a herbal decoction.

In a pot cover the witch hazel with water (use distilled water if your tap water is heavily treated). Bring the contents to a boil. Then cover the pot, reduce the heat and simmer for at least half an hour. Keep the twigs covered with water. You will end up with "witch hazel water" that can be bottled, refrigerated, and used in the next few days. 

Witch hazel leaves are said to taste bitter. 


Botanical Name: Hamamelis virginiana

Also known as: Winterbloom, 金缕梅属, بندق الساحرة

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