Also Known as Hamamelis virginiana. Hamamelis, Winterbloom, and American Witch Hazel.
Farming Type: NA
Witch hazel is a leather-leafed deciduous shrub native to the 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.
Generally used in teas, tinctures, creams. Witch hazel bark water is made with alcohol, but witch hazel leaf water can be made without alcohol.
NOTE: Use only until symptoms subside. Do not give witch hazel teas by mouth to children for more than 3 days at a time.
In Magick, Witch Hazel is ruled by the Sun and Fire. It has long been used for making divining rods, hence the name. If carried, the bark and twigs are said to protect against evil. If carried, witch hazel leaves help to mend a broken heart.
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