How often can you use witch hazel on your face and skin? What about taking it internally?
As long as your skin doesn’t become too dry or irritated, daily use of witch hazel topically is safe for most people. Witch hazel toner, pads, gel, extract, ointments, etc., can be applied directly to your skin several times per day if needed. Taking three to four teaspoons of witch hazel by mouth each day is generally considered safe, although this may cause stomach upset in some people.
- To treat acne — Instead of opening up a pimple and making the problem worse, put several drops of witch hazel directly on the skin wherever you notice a zit forming or where acne tends to break out. It’s even more effective when used in combination with other antibacterials like tea tree oil, coconut oil or apple cider vinegar. Dab witch hazel on your skin with a clean cotton ball or cotton pads up to several times per day anywhere you experience irritation, starting slowly and giving your skin time to adjust.
- To fight signs of aging — You can easily blend witch hazel with vitamin E oil and other natural ingredients to make your own homemade anti-aging serum. Then apply it to discolored skin, bruises, old acne marks and bites to help fade their appearance and reverse damage. Combine it with other skin-saving oils like evening primrose, frankincense and tea tree oils for even better results.
- To lower eye puffiness and inflammation — Apply diluted witch hazel to the area around the eyes before bed, being careful not to get any in the eyes.
- To prevent varicose veins from developing — Use witch hazel pads or make your own. Add witch hazel to a cloth or swab and rub it into the skin wherever you see bruising and veins forming.
- To clean your hair without drying it out — Add several drops to your shampoo or make your own hair wash using coconut oil, argan oil, witch hazel, and other cleansing essential oils like lemon or orange oil.
- To make a natural ear infection remedy — Add witch hazel extract to an eye dropper to insert several drops into each ear several times a day.
- To treat a sore throat — Either drink one to three cups of witch hazel tea daily, or add pure witch hazel (alcohol-free) to a tea mixture with honey to soothe an inflamed throat.
- To treat hemorrhoids — Most experts recommend using hazel water (Hamamelis liquid extract diluted with water) up to six times a day on irritated skin or after every bowel movement.
- For dental health — An easy way to use witch hazel to protect your mouth is to add some to my homemade probiotic toothpaste. You can also use a teaspoon of witch hazel tea with several drops of wintergreen, clove and myrrh oils as a mouthwash.