The Essential Herbal

The last on our list of herbs to include in a natural organic first aid kit is Witch Hazel. The Witch Hazel we talk about here is made from the plant, and does not refer to the Witch Hazel you can buy at the drug store. Although the one from the drug store is fine to use, it not necessarily true Witch Hazel (many are only a small percentage of Witch Hazel). If you make your own, you can be sure that it is truly natural and organic.

Witch Hazel

(Hamamelis virginiana)

Witch Hazel contains large amounts of tannins. Tannins have a drying effect, causing the tightening of proteins in the skin. This process helps create a protective covering that helps with the inflammation.
Witch Hazel is good for skin conditions such as eczema. It is mainly used when the skin is not significantly broken. It helps protect the area and prevent infection. For eczema is it usually combined with other herbs such as calendula and red clover.
Traditionally, Witch Hazel is used the treatment of hemorrhoids. The astringent properties helps to tighten distended veins and restore their normal function.
Witch Hazel can be used to help a minor cut stop bleeding. It will also help to protect the cut from infection.
For cuts and bites dab a little onto area to stop bleeding and to prevent infection.
For hemorrhoids add a few drops of tincture to a base cream and dab onto area 3-4 x a day. The cream can also be used for cuts and scrapes.

Now you have all ingredients to put together your own natural and organic first aid kit. You should also stock it with unbleached cotton or gauze, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and band aids.

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