Witch hazel is an undergrowth tree that sends out long fingering branches that flower just around Halloween. It’s name is derived from an Old English word “wicke” meaning “lively” and another Anglo-Saxon word “wych” meaning “to bend,” a reference to the flexibility and the tree’s gnarled branches. The word “Wicca” and the word “witch” are also thought to be derived from these same names. These gnarled branches were used by local Native Americans to dowse for water. A technique they taught to early American settlers. A powerful healing plant, witch hazel extracts have been used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions from diaper rash, to varicose veins. It is recommended for postpartum healing, hemorrhoids, and diarrhea.

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