I’ve heard about witch hazel and knew it was an astringent, but I really didn’t know about any of its other uses. In order to get the most out of my free bottles of witch hazel, I decided to do some research.  Luckily, I found many uses that help us look and feel better. Here are just a few:

1. Control blemishes

Nothing is worse than the almighty pimple. Fortunately, witch hazel can reduce its inflammation. Witch hazel is found in many over-the-counter treatments, and people claim that daily use helps their acne.

2. Shrink bags under the eyes

Using a cotton ball, simply rub a little witch hazel under your eyes, and say goodbye to those under-eye bags! All the evidence of that late night couponing will now only show in your wallet.

3. Treat dry skin

My skin gets much drier in the winter, so this is a particularly good reason to have witch hazel around. Applying it to dry skin helps lock in the moisture –who knew?

4. Soothe razor burn

Witch hazel applied to razor burned skin will help decrease the itch and redness.

5. Soothe poison ivy and poison oak

With camping season just around the corner, consider bringing a little witch hazel along for the ride. Witch hazel helps reduce the inflammation and swelling from poison ivy and poison oak. I think I’ll pack a bottle in my first aid kit!

6. Soothe diaper rash

Witch hazel is great on helping soothe diaper rash. If your baby’s bottom isn’t getting better with traditional creams, try a little witch hazel on a cotton ball. Some people claim immediate improvement.

7. Heal bruises faster

I don’t know about you, but I bruise easily. Rubbing a little witch hazel on a bruise is supposed to help it disappear more quickly.

8. Treat sunburn

Witch hazel is great at healing damaged skin. Applying it to a sunburn will lesson the time it takes to heal and help prevent peeling.
 Another great reason to put it in my first aid kit!

9. Help heal minor cuts

Some people call witch hazel “Nature’s Neosporin.” Applying a dab of it on a minor cut will cleanse, protect against infection, and encourage quicker healing.

10. Soothe external hemorrhoids

Witch hazel
 can be combined with aloe, glycerin or petroleum jelly and rubbed on external hemorrhoids for a DIY hemorrhoid cream. It will reduce the itching and dry up most bleeding. Witch hazel is a major ingredient in Preparation H.

11. Reduce the itch of bug bites

Witch hazel has great anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. Using a little on a child’s mosquito bite (or your own) should help reduce that tendency to scratch.

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35 thoughts on “11 Ways to Use Witch Hazel”

  1. dayna lloyd says:

    I’ve pretty much only heard of it being a toner/astrigent, but now that I know these other uses I may go pick up a bottle of 2.  I have a nasty bruise with several scratches on my leg and have been putting neosporin and ice on it.  I’ve been avoiding capris or shorts because the injury looks so nasty!  I’ll def. start putting the witch hazel on after reading this!

  2. I have always washed my shower curtins in witch hazel. I heard it somewhere and have done it for 25 yrs and it really takes the soap scum away

  3. Anonymous says:

    Varicose vein reliefSoak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.also,
    Treat chicken pox blisters
    A combination of aloe, honey, lavender and other essential oils create a spray that will vastly reduce the discomfort.

    .treat of chicken pox blisters.
     And it’s all-natural. Here’s what to do:
    Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 40 drops lavender essential oil, 15 drops lemon essential oil, 15 drops bergamot essential oil, 5 drops peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel.
    Once completely mixed, and 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel and mix again. Pour mixture into spray bottle and use on affected areas (avoiding eyes). A more potent and less unsightly way to treat the chicken pox than traditional calamine lotion.

    Heal your bruises faster
     Been in a fight recently? Well, maybe not. But if you bang your leg or arm and are left with a nasty bruise, a thrice-daily dab of witch hazel can help speed up the healing time of the bruise

    Refresh tired eyes
    NOT by squirting witch hazel in them, but by soaking a clean rag in witch hazel and cold water and placing the cold compress over your closed eyes. After 10 minutes, your eyes should be refreshed, and any redness should be gone. If you’ve been doing a lot of crying, this can get you back to normal quickly.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Varicose vein reliefSoak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.

  5. Jane says:

    I love this article for the uses of the witch hazel…kind of reminds me of My big Fat Greek wedding though:)  I should get a spray bottle and put a little witch hazel in it!  LOL

    • Maria Flores says:

      I don’t know about the gypsy thing but I’ve used it before in a spray bottle. I use it to set my makeup in place when it’s particularly humid. Read it in a natural beauty book once and always have one around. I added lavender to it though for the smell.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just be aware if you plan on using this stuff on things like cuts and razor burn because it is 14% alcohol . . . ouch!

    It should definitely work on those sensitive areas that some people mentioned, like post-partum issues and hemorrhoids.  Where I work, all post-partum patients get their own tub of tucks medicated pads, which contain . . .you guessed it . . . witch hazel!

  7. When I went to get some Witch Hazel at Wags I notied next to it there was a Witch Hazel anti bacterial spray that had a “try me free” mail in rebate on it. So I grabbed them both and when I got home I opened the Spray one to fill out the rebate and inside there was a 1.00 off coupon for any TN Dickensons product! So now I mailed in my rebate and am going back for another Witch Hazel for a money maker!

  8. Anonymous says:

    so i decided to get this item because of your list right here and when i opened the bottle of the witch hazel, i almost threw the bottle out because this stuff smells really bad :/ does it normally smell?

    • Anonymous says:

       Yes, it has an off putting smell, kind of like alcohol but don’t let that bad smell fool you. It works wonders I’ve never met/talked/chatted with someone who didn’t like using it. You can get it in different scents as well. I know this variety isn’t scented, but you can order off amazon (which is what we usually do before this stock up) and we get the rose scented witch hazel. Smells slightly better and has a pretty tint to it!

  9. this stuff is like magic, why didn’t I know about this stuff before?? I could have showered in it and be ailment free. Got a bottle, think I will buy another and another and another.

  10. Sarah Wilkinson says:

    Just for kicks, I checked the ingredient list on the “first aid” witch hazel that is on sale and the dickinson’s witch hazel pore cleaning/clearing astringent in the beauty section that is not on sale and retails for more I believe.  They have the exact same ingredient list and ethanol concentration 14%.  The bottle is also smaller.  I had to laugh/smile that I was getting the same product for free just by shopping in a different area of the store!

  11. Anonymous says:

    If you search the web for a “tend skin” recipe (VERY EXPENSIVE) this is one of the ingredients you use making it. We’ve been making our own for years now, I even preordered 20 that will last us. This stuff truely is great, even by itself it’s great for using on your face or skin, I even add it with some Epsom salt in my foot bath! I could go on forever about how great witch hazel is, I’m so shocked that so many people had no idea what it was! 

  12. Laura Jean says:

    Laughed out loud when I saw this, my husband and I had the same discussion as we bought some bottles…”Wonder what else we can do with this?!”

  13. Anonymous says:

    great, thanks for all the information, I went to walgreens today and didn’t bother to look for it since I didn’t know what it was for. will head to walgreens tomorrow!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi everyone!!! Anyone, please share where can I find this product!? I went to Wags yesterday & I can’t seem to find it. Thanks :)

  15. sully says:

    wow thanks for the information, it was very informative and i sure will go grab another bottle before the week is over. i just grabbed one. but i will get another one for my husband. thanks for the info

  16. Anonymous says:

    As a mom of an 8-month-old, let me tell you that witch hazel can be a new mom’s best friend!  Labor and delivery greatly stretch and bruise very sensitive areas!  Applying witch hazel after baths/showers and visits to the restroom help reduce swelling and get you back to feeling yourself faster!  One of the labor and delivery nurses shared this tip with me to help speed recovery at home…I used it and pass it along to all expecting mommies: 

     Take a new, clean newborn diaper.  Pour about 1/2 cup water in the diaper and allow it to absorb.  Sit the diaper open in the freezer for several hours.  Meanwhile, soak a few cotton pads (like the square or circle 100% cotton pads you find in cosmetics) with the witch hazel.  Put several soaked cotton pads in a baggie and place in the fridge for a several hours.  When you’re especially sore, take out a frozen diaper and a chilled witch hazel pad.  Fold the diaper tabs back and secure them to the outside of the diaper.  Place the diaper in your panties and witch hazel pad inside the diaper (toward your rear).  Simply pull panties up to hold in place.  

    May sound a little crazy, but it provides great relief.  I always kept a supply in my fridge and freezer for the first 3 weeks!

    Witch hazel would be a great shower gift for an expecting mommy! (Especially in a cute tote or basket with other items to pamper herself before and after labor/delivery!)

    • I wish I had heard about this after my 2nd baby! I was SO sore and those hospital ice “pads” were horrid! This is amazing advise!!! 

    • Anonymous says:

      The hospital I delivered at had pre-soaked witch hazel cotton pads (similar to cosmetics) and this was the most soothing thing ever! I also used it to treat poison ivy/oak that I had on my face, as most other treatments were visible and I could walk around during the day at work after applying witch hazel.

    • you can also open the diaper and put ice inside, crushed ice is most comfertable!

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re right about it sounding a little crazy…lol ;)

    • Anonymous says:

      great tip! wish I would have known when I had my son 4 months ago thanks

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi KCL, with the reg. reward you can’t but the witch hazel get a reg. reward than buy it again and use the second one to pay for it and get another reg. reward right? I haven’t shopped at walgreens that much so I am unclear on this. thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

       you can use the first register reward on the second bottle but no, you will not get a register reward on the second one(cant use a register reward on the same item over).  i used my first register reward on a the kotex by u tampons with a manufacturer’s coupon and then  used that register reward on the next bottle of witch hazel and then  got a register reward on it again. hope that makes sense.

    • Sarah Alanis says:

       laurasch, I don’t think you can use your register reward (RR) to purchase the other Witch hazel. Well you can, but you would need a filler item. If you do use the RR to pay for the 2nd bottle, you will not receive another RR. I suggest purchasing each bottle separately so that you get the RR for each. Afterwards use those RRs to buy other items, like milk, razors, etc. (use coupons to get the price down as much as possible). Remember, @ Walgreens you have to have more items than coupons and a RR is considered a coupon. Check out the WALGREENS 101 tab to learn more. Plus, check out other people’s brags from Walgreens to see how to get the most for your money.

    • sully says:

      You can use it but you will not get another register rewards. if you have register rewards from other items you purchased then you can use those