Witch Hazel -H. ovalis, H. virginiana, H. vernalis, H. japonica, H. mollis
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Not for use in vapour therapy. Topical only.
Can be applied for minor cuts and scrapes to disinfect and stem bleeding. Bruises and swelling, vaginal healing after childbirth, and hemorrhoids. Improves acne and overall tone of skin.


Can cause irritation in some individuals or with prolonged use, so always do a patch test before using on the face.
No specific cautions found for pregnancy, breastfeeding, young children, or babies.

First Aid

If gotten in the eyes allow to water freely, if irritation persists for more than 30 minutes go to the emergency room.
If contact rash or burn occurs use flour or cornstarch to absorb excess.
If someone has ingested witch hazel contact emergency services and watch for nausea, vomiting, or constipation, additionally hepatic (chemically based liver damage) damage may occur if the tannins are absorbed to an appreciable extent.
If a child is suspected to have ingested witch hazel or may have inhaled or gotten in the eyes please call emergency services immediately. Contact with the mucus membranes allows the potential of direct absorption to the blood stream.

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