The Magic of Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel gets its name from being commonly used to craft divination rods and its resemblance to the hazelnut tree. The Old English word for “witch,” wice, meant “pliable,” as it was thought that witch could bend other’s will. Its power is that of protection.
Witch hazel can also temper passions as it is a herb of chastity. Its bark and twigs can be used to fight off evil forces, and it can be placed in sachets and charms to heal a broken heart.
Due to its affinity for water, witch hazel can be used in water magic, and twigs made of witch hazel were used to try and locate water underground.
Native Americans called the plant “winterbloom,” and used the seeds medicinally and to divine whether or not a patient would recover from a certain illness. They introduced the plant to American settlers, who quickly adapted it into colonial life.
Witch hazel is often distilled to make a disinfectant that is used in skin care products, and it’s a powerful astringent. The distillate is also used to treat sunburns, bruises, hemorrhoids and swelling, and when applied to old furniture, can restore it by softening the surface. Please note that this information is not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your doctor before trying any herbal remedy.
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