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12 Surprising Uses for Witch Hazel
Posted By melissa On 07/03/2012 @ 2:12 pm In Frugal Living | 30 Comments
You may not have heard of witch hazel before, but it is a frugal little astringent that has many uses. If you haven’t heard of it before, here is what you need to know–it was used by Native Americans hundreds of years ago to soothe swelling and even tumors. The astringent comes from the witch hazel shrub; Native Americans boiled the stems to extract the witch hazel. Early American settlers learned to use it from Native Americans, and today, though we don’t often think of witch hazel as a cure for what ails us, it has some beneficial uses.
Witch hazel comes in many forms including astringent, wipes, creams and medicated pads and can be used to treat the following conditions:
Believe it or not, witch hazel can even be a component of homemade deodorant. You can find recipes on Wise Bread  and Frugal Village  if you would like to try. Homemade deodorant may be a good way to save money or to find relief if traditional deodorants irritate your skin.
Witch hazel is not commonly used, which is a shame. At about $3 to $5 a bottle, it offers great value. Keep it handy in your medicine cabinet and use it for everything from treat skin injuries to bruises. Use it around your house as a gentle cleaner or as an ingredient in homemade deodorant.
What are some of your favorite uses for witch hazel?
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