1. Product name:Witch hazel extract
2. Botanical source:Hamamelis mollis
3. Biogenic origin:Wild in Asia and northern China
5. Characters:Brown-yellow powder
6. Solubility:Soluble in Ethanol, partly soluble in water
7. Usage:tonic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antioxidant, and sedative
Witch Hazel, an ornamental shrub that grows 6 to 30 feet (1.8 to 9 m) in height. "Witch" comes from the Old English word "wych," used to describe a plant whose branches bend easily; "hazel" refers to the flowers, which are dull yellow or golden-yellow. Some varieties have orange or red flowers. Depending on the species, the flowers appear in autumn, winter, or early spring; they are particularly resistant to cold weather. The leaves are oval and have toothed edges.
There are about six species of witch hazel, including the common witch hazel of eastern North America and the Chinese witch hazel. An extract of the leaves, twigs, and bark of witch hazel is used to relieve pain and as a face lotion.
Witch hazels belong to the witch hazel family, Hamamelidaceae. The common witch hazel is Hamamelis virginiana; the Chinese witch hazel is H. mollis.
witch hazel extract
Part of the Plant
Country of Origin
Water and ethyl alcohol
Particle Size (80 mesh)
AOAC 942.05, 18th
Total Heavy Metals
USP <231>, method II
AOAC 986.15, 18th
AOAC 986.15, 18th
AOAC 971.21, 18th
Total Plate Count
AOAC 990.12, 18th
Total Yeast & Mold
FDA (BAM) Chapter 18, 8th Ed.
AOAC 997.11, 18th
FDA (BAM) Chapter 5, 8th Ed.
Both leaves and bark are the rich source of bitter chemicals of unknown origin, as well as gallic and tannic acids, volatile oil (in leaves). Fat, odorous chemicals and resin are found in bark. Both parts of the plant provide similar actions - tonic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antioxidant, and sedative.
Witch hazel since long ago has been known to Native Americans as a tonic herb helpful for swellings, tumours and pain. They also treated bleeding with the tea brewed from bark or leaves of the plant. Modern science has found an explanation to this property - active compounds in the herb stimulate the muscular function of the veins. Applied topically, witch hazel extract from fresh leaves helps stop bleeding from the nose, lungs and other organs, including bleeding varicose veins.
The tea made of leaves is a universal remedy for multiple conditions: sore throat (used cooled as a gargle), diarrhea (2 cups for the healing), vaginitis (used as douche), hemorrhoids and internal bleeding.
Being a part in a number of topical applications, witch hazel acts as a mild anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving agent. It removes irritation, itch, swelling in such conditions as eczema, psoriasis, blistered and cracked skin, sores, bites and stings.
Due to the presence of antioxidant effects, plant chemicals usually make up the content of anti-wrinkling and anti-aging products.
Also, used as ointments, suppositories and pads, witch hazel relieves most of the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Similar topical applications help relieving inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth, as well as inflammation of the gums.
In addition to multiple benefits of the herb, FDA has approved witch hazel as a safe component in non-prescription drug, which is not that common among many other dietary supplements.
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