Herbs

Witch Hazel Leaf

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Spanish Translation: Raiz de Abellano Hamamelis

COMMON NAME

 

Standardized: witch hazel

 

BOTANICAL NAME

 

Hamamelis virginiana L.
Plant Family: Hamamelidaceae

 

OVERVIEW

 

INTRODUCTION

Witch hazel is a leather-leafed deciduous shrub native to eastern United States. The bottoms of its leaves are dull gray, but the upward facing surfaces of the leaves are shiny green.

Witch hazel is easy to recognize in the woods in autumn because as other trees are losing their leaves, witch hazel is covered with threadlike, golden-yellow flowers. Both the bark and the leaves are used in herbal medicine.

CONSTITUENTS

Ascorbic acid, acetaldehyde, astragalin, beta-ionone, choline, gallic acid, hamamelidin, isoquercitrin, kaempferol, myricetin, phenol, quercitin, quercitrin, safrole, spiraeoside.

PARTS USED

Leaf and bark.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Teas, tinctures, creams. Witch hazel bark water is made with alcohol, but witch hazel leaf water can be made without alcohol.

 

PRECAUTIONS

 

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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        This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

         

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