Witch hazel is a type of shrub with fragrant yellow flowers, and its bark and leaves are extracted and used for many medicinal uses.
Witch hazel extract contains chemicals called tannins, and you can find this clear liquid astringent in drugstores and grocery stores (probably near the rubbing alcohol). When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel helps reduce swelling, helps repair broken skin, and fights bacteria, which makes it an essential item to have in your medicine cabinet.
In addition to minor first aid uses such as cleaning and disinfecting wounds, witch hazel is also great for fighting skin acne, relieving sunburn itch, cleaning your jewelry, shining chrome surfaces, and cleaning the inner part of your dog's ear.
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