witch hazel


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ham·a·me·lis

(ham'ă-mē'lis),
A shrub or small tree, Hamamelis virginiana (family Harmarmelidaceae), the bark and dried leaves of which have been used externally as an application to contusions and other injuries, in headache, and for the cure of noninflammatory hemorrhoids; the water, popularly known as "extract of witch hazel," is made from the bark and contains 14% alcohol.
Synonym(s): witch hazel
[Mod. L., fr. G. hama- mēlis, fr. hama, together with, + mēlon, apple]

witch hazel

n.
1. Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Hamamelis, especially H. virginiana of eastern North America, which has delicate yellow flowers that bloom in late autumn or winter.
2. An alcoholic solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of this plant, applied externally as a mild astringent.
Drug slang A regional street term for heroin
Herbal medicine Hamamelis virginiana, snapping hazel, snapping hazelnut, spotted alder, winterbloom A shrub that contains choline, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, and fixed and volatile oils; it is astringent, and has been used topically for cuts and bruises, sore throat, dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins. See Herbal medicine
Homeopathy See Hamamelis
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Some witch hazels are more fragrant than others and the strongest and sweetest scents belong to Hamamelis x intermedia Pallida.
Witch hazel is very frost-hardy but, in the first few years, can be damaged by really hard frosts - so use a horticultural fleece if temperatures really drop.
Hamamelis mollis (Chinese witch hazel), left, and Hamamelis Intermedia Jelena (Orange witch hazel), right
WITCH hazels brighten up the garden at this time of year, with their spidery and fragrant yellow, orange or red flowers.
As reported on the Kingston University website, "the researchers added three different concentrations of white tea (freeze-dried powder), witch hazel (dried herb) and rose extract (in a medicinal tincture form) to see what effect the mixtures might have on suppressing rogue enzymes and oxidants, which play a key role in cellular inflammation and aging." All three remedies were remarkably effective in keeping inflammation in check.
"Our legacy witch hazel brand gets a prime location right in the middle of the set in Walgreens," DeFrang says.
The witch hazel shrub yields an herbal extract that possesses formidable cleansing, soothing and healing properties that led Native Americans to use its bark and twigs for therapeutic applications.
Derived from a winter flowering shrub indigenous to the northeastern and central United States, the witch hazel plant Hamamelis virginianna yields an efficacious herbal extract renowned for its cleansing, soothing and healing properties.
Word History: The witch in witch hazel has nothing to do with sorcery, but is rather a now uncommon word meaning "shrub with pliable branches." It goes back to Old English wice, which may be related to modern English weak.
Hamamelis mollis is the Chinese witch hazel and has the strongest perfume of the lot.
Another focus of attention and an all-time favourite of mine is a Hamamelis or Witch Hazel.
The face scrub, shave cream, aftershave balm and aftershave contain flaxseed lignan extract to prevent razor burn, witch hazel to tighten pores, and oat protein and organic aloe vera to soothe and hydrate.