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Witch Hazel Extract – 4 Ounce with Flip Top Cap
Homecrafted Witch Hazel Extract, made from the twigs, flowers, and leaves from the witch hazel bush I planted in our front yard three years ago. Witch hazel is native to my area, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and it is heirloom and non-GMO.
Our land is unsprayed, I use no chemical amendments or inclusions of any kind, and the extract is preserved with food grade vodka at 25% ABV.
4 ounce plastic bottle with flip top cap.
This is the witch hazel extract I made and wrote about this late fall/early winter, using the twigs, flowers and leaves of the witch hazel bush that I planted in our front yard three years ago.
I wrote two posts about the process, and about the many uses for and wonderful properties of witch hazel, which I will link to below. They are long, but contain a wealth of information, and I recommend reading them in their entirety.
Witch hazel extract has become of those items that is a vital part of my natural medicine healing kit. Now that I’ve made my own, I’ll never be without it again, and now you don’t have to either.
Some of the most popular uses include stopping the bleeding of minor cuts or scrapes, as one of the finest and quickest-acting treatments for diaper rash and other skin rashes, as a skin toner, as a mouthwash to heal canker or other mouth sores, as a final mouth rinse after brushing teeth to heal bleeding gums, as a gargle to help prevent colds and/or flus, as a replacement for carrier oil when making natural insect repellents with essential oils, and much, much more.
Although the natural color of witch hazel extract is a deep, rich brown, in my experience it does not stain skin or clothing, and can in fact be used as a very effective antimicrobial and antiseptic cleaner.
In case you don’t have access to a witch hazel bush, or simply don’t want to make it yourself, here’s your opportunity to get the real deal, the full plant extract that our grandmothers and their grandmothers used to use, in its full glory. Enjoy.
Although I don’t recommend drinking this extract, everything it is made with is food grade, and if a child accidentally ingested some it is unlikely to harm them. When using as a mouthwash or gargle, it is typical to swish it in your mouth, and then spit it out. I personally use it in this fashion a few times a week, and the taste is better than I expected; it has a mildly sweetish flavor I was not expecting. No, I do not swallow it, I do spit it out.
I will be adding other sizes in the near future. These are simply the bottles I had handy.
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