Witch hazel

Hamamelis virginiana Stems bleeding and reduces swelling

With its high concentration of tannins, witch hazel is highly regarded as an astringent remedy with the ability to stop bleeding and reduce inflammation -especially the localised swelling caused by sprains and other injuries. It is also used to encourage the healing of bruises. 0 I)OS\(jK Apply commercially prepared witch hazel cream or ointment to strains, sprains, grazes or bruises 2 to 3 times per day. Alternatively, prepare a decoction using 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves or bark, and use the liquid to make a compress for the affected part. For detailed instructions, see page 194.

With the help of a witch hazel wand, a witch performs a curative spell on a man's swollen foot. The word "witch" in witch hazel comes from the Old English tvice, meaning "bendable."

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