Witch Hazel (Hammamelis virginiana) is used in aromatherapy as an emulsifier to help essential oils mix with water.
It is distilled from the flowers and small twigs of the tree. Of note is that the tree blooms in the dead of winter, when most other plants lie in the dormant stage.
You can use it along with essential oils to create essential oil fragrance sprays for clothing or linen, such as a lavender spray for your pillow to assist with relaxation and sleep. Place witch hazel and water into a spray bottle at 1 part witch hazel to 3 parts water. For example, 1 oz of witch hazel to 3 oz of distilled water. Then add 5 drops of lavender essential oil and shake.
The witch hazel acts as an emulsifier to help the lavender oil blend with the water. Just shake well each time before use.
It has astringent properties, so it is used in many DIY acne treatments to help dry and tighten oily skin.
It is also effective for relief of bug bites and stings, can be applied to hemorrhoids, many skin irritations, bruising, and can also help prevent infections of cuts or scrapes.
This witch hazel distillate is alcohol free. Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Distillate is a clear, colorless botanical extracts steam distilled from the freshly cut and partially dried, dormant twigs of the Witch Hazel plant. This Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Distillate is particularly advantageous for applications that require the soothing natural astringent properties of Witch Hazel without alcohol.