Anti-inflammatory and astringent
Hamamelis is the botanical name for four shrubs that grow wild in the temperate regions of North America and East Asia. The common Witch Hazel is native to North America with oval, jagged leaves that look like the leaves of hazel plants (no relation). It is thought that this may be how witch hazel got its name.
It produces clusters of vivid yellow flowers in the autumn, appearing while the previous year's seedpods are reaching maturity. The pods contain two black and glossy seeds. Native Americans ate these, but collecting them can be an occupational hazard. When ripe, they explode from the shell.
Hamamelis virginiana is the source of medicinally important Hamamelis water (also labelled witch hazel).
The leaves branches and twigs are collected at various times throughout the year. They are dried, blended with alcohol for tinctures, or steamed for distillates. They are used for many healing and soothing preparations.
Our witch hazel extract is distilled from the twigs and bark of the witch hazel. Thinking of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties we add it to various skin creams and products across our range.