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How To Make Witch Hazel Extract

Okay, so you decided to buy and grow your very own Witch Hazel bush and start an herbal pharmacy right there in the living room of your third-floor walkup apartment. You can read about buying and growing your very own Witch Hazel bush here.

But now that you’re growing these wonderful and amazing plants and herbs, how to you turn them into medicinal powerhouses? What do you actually do with them?

This is where plants and herbal medicine gets fun; How to Make Witch Hazel Extract

In my post on how to grow a Witch Hazel plant, I discussed its numerous benefits; wound healing, skin ointment, anti-inflammatory goodness! The bark and leaves are highly astringent, making them ideal for skincare and blemishes, a natural alternative to Clearasil.

You can find Witch Hazel online or in stores as a bottle fo liquid for use in all types of astringent products, etc. But, it’s more fun to make your own. So here goes…

How to Make Witch Hazel Extract


How to make witch hazel tonic


What You’ll Need

1/2 pound witch hazel bark

Distilled water to cover 1-2 inches of the bark

Vodka or pure grain alcohol



-Add the bark and the distilled water to a pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil—once boiling, turn down the heat to a steady simmer.

-Simmer for 20 minutes, covered.

-Remove from heat and keep the pot covered until your tea is completely cooled. Strain and add HALF the total volume of tea in vodka or pure grain alcohol. I’m Polish, so I like using Spirytus. Strong stuff. Very strong stuff.

-Store your new tonic in a cool place away from direct sunlight. You can store it in a mason jar, or old vodka bottles, whatever you like!

-Shelf life for your new witch hazel astringent will be 2 years. Enjoy!


How to Use Your Witch Hazel Astringent

Now that you have your own personal supply of Witch Hazel, how do you use it? Easy!

Use on your face to tighten your pores, soak a cloth in Witch Hazel astringent to help cover injuries, bruises, varicose veins, etc.

There are so many wonderful uses for Witch Hazel, don’t stop at just an everday astringent. Use it for cuts, wounds, bleeding limbs (if you want) and more. Have fun with the products you make, be proud and keeping making more!



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After finishing her masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Michelle wanted to share her love of plants and all things medicinal. With her knowledge of Chinese herbs and household plants, she decided to create a site sharing her love of indoor plants.

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