As a child, growing up with women who believed in the healing teachings of the generations before, Witch Hazel is one of the many healing agents that I remember hearing about. I’ve use to think that this Witch Hazel was an actual person with healing powers. The older women in my family alway referred to Witch Hazel as a her or she, making me believe that this was a real being. But I would soon learn more about the healing power of Ms. Hazel and her many uses’.
During my first pregnancy, in my last trimester, I broke out in hives all over my body and was not sure of the cause. The doctor’s couldn’t find an answer for me either. Not sure of the cause and didn’t really know if it could be passed to my child during the birth process, the doctor’s felt the need to put me on Prednisone to quickly dry up the rash. Well, me being the one who never liked taking medication, decided to take the old school route of healing and discuss matters with the older women in my family. To make a long story short, my grandmother had me strip down to nothing. Laid a beach towel over my bed and had me lie down over it and she rubbed me from head to toe with, what I called, the Witch Doctor. And in a matter of days, the irritation and every blister had diminished.
Further researching this oil or extract formally known as Hamamelis Extract, Witch Hazel is used for a number of skin disorders and gives a great benefit to the appearance of the skin. Witch Hazel has been and still is used to reduce skin inflammation, pain and swelling due to rashes, burns, bruises and blisters. Witch Hazel can also reduce the inflammation on a pimple. Anything that has to do with swelling, inflammation and broken or damaged skin, Witch Hazel has the healing power to return the skin to it’s natural state.
If you are a person who shaves your underarms, here is a recipe that will reduce and help prevent any inflammation, bruising and razor bumps;
1 tsp high proof vodka
10 drops geranium
10 drops cypress
8 drops bergamot
5 drops neroli
4 drops lavender
3 drops black pepper
4 tb sp (40 ml) witch hazel
2 tb sp (25 ml) cornflower water
2 tb sp (25 ml) orange flower water
Measure the vodka into a 4 oz (100 ml) glass bottle with a spray attachment.
Carefully add the essential oils, one by one.
Shake vigorously to dissolve the essential oils.
Pour the witch hazel into the bottle, using a funnel if necessary, followed by the two flower waters. Shake well.
Label the bottle and the deodorant is now ready to use.
Before you use the deodorant each time, give the bottle a good shake to ensure the essential oils are fully dispersed.