Hamamelis virginiana L.
Also known as Snapping Hazel, Winterbloom
$3.50 per Ounce
History: Today Witch Hazel is found all over the world and is a very common home remedy; however, the plant is native to North America. Natives commonly used Witch Hazel for medicinal purposes. In fact, Native Americans taught early English settlers how to use Witch Hazel as a common remedy, who in turn took the plant back to Europe. Witch Hazel was introduced into English gardens by Peter Collinson, who maintained correspondence with plant hunters in the American colonies. Nowadays, it is rarely seen in the nursery trade except for woodland and wildlife restoration projects and native plant enthusiasts.
Active Ingredients: rich in tannin and gallic acid, bitters, traces of volatile oil
Actions: astringent, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary
Complementary Herbs: Pilewort