Hamamelis virginianaCommon Witchhazel




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Identifying the Common Witchhazel

  • Native of East and Central United States.
  • The flower is yellow and spiderlike with 4 petals. It blooms in October and November.
  • The fruit is a 0.5" capsule.
  • The leaves are alternate, simple, and elliptical.
  • The bark is smooth and is grey to brown in color.

Historical Background
  • Native Americans used to use this herb to treat tumors, eye problems, and to heal wounds.

Medicinal Uses
  • It is an active ingredient in eyedrops, skin creams, ointments, and skin tonics.
  • It is used externally and can be applied to bruises, sore muscles, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, and inflammations.
  • The bark is also used medicinally. It's used for treating diarreah, colitis, dysentery, haemorrhoids, internal bleeding, and prolapsed organs.
  • Leaves can be used to reduce inflammations, treat piles, internal hemmorhages, and eye inflammations.
  • The bark is also sedative, astringent, and tonic.

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Works Cited

www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/n/hamvir1.html
www.ibiblio.org/paf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Hamamelis+virginiana
http://www.stevenfoster.com/education/monograph/witchhazel.html