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10 Magical Uses for Witch Hazel

This weekend you might have had a few witches ringing your doorbell for tricks and treats. However, one witch you’d benefit from having inside your house full time is witch hazel. The natural, topical astringent is made from the Hamamelis virginiana shrub (particularly the bark and leaves).

From soothing burns to preventing unsightly blemishes and more—here are ten the many ways that witch hazel will cast a spell on your household…


1. Banish Dark Circles

Hocus pocus, who knew the witchy astringent could be applied around the eyes (to the upper lids and under eyes) to banish dark circles, reduces swelling and give you a fresh, glowing, youthful visage? I began using witch hazel as a topical skin toner 4 years ago and my dark circles, eye puffiness, skin discoloration from sun damage, and dry areas around my nose and mouth have vanished. I’ll never go back to expensive store-bought toners. Just be careful not to get any in your eyes—it burns!

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