Thayers Original Witch Hazel Astringent (12 oz)

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A natural gentle skin astringent derived from a time honored Native-American formula. Our unique blend refreshes and softens your skin while leaving it clear and younger-looking. Cooling - After exposure to the sun or wind. Refreshing - After shaving, after a bath or shower or use for massage. Cleansing - Gently cleans and softens all types of skin. Thayers developed this all-natural astringent for healthy looking skin.Witch Hazel can help to tighten pores and to smooth skin. Thayers proprietary Witch Hazel extract (derived from the bark) is not distilled, thereby maintaining all the beneficial natural tannins.

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Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Hemorrhoids
Dose:

Follow label instructions

Frequently applying a product that contains witch hazel, an astringent herb, may help reduce symptoms. (more)
Wound Healing
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Witch hazel can be used topically to decrease inflammation and to stop bleeding. (more)
Eczema
Dose: Apply 10 to 20% herbal extract two to three times per day
A cream prepared with witch hazel and phosphatidylcholine has been shown to be effective in the topical management of eczema. (more)
Wound Healing
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Witch hazel can be used topically to decrease inflammation and to stop bleeding. (more)
Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a cream containing 2% extract six times daily for three to eight days
Witch hazel has been shown in one study to reduce the size of cold sores and the spread of inflammation. (more)
Canker Sores
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Witch hazel is an astringent herb that can be used as a mouth rinse to soothe the pain of canker sores. The herb contains tannins that can bind up fluids and possibly relieve inflammation. (more)
Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a cream containing 2% extract six times daily for three to eight days
Witch hazel has been shown in one study to reduce the size of cold sores and the spread of inflammation. (more)
Varicose Veins
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Witch hazel may be applied topically to treat varicose veins. (more)
Menorrhagia
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Astringent herbs such as witch hazel have been traditionally used for heavy menstruation. (more)
Menorrhagia
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Astringent herbs such as witch hazel have been traditionally used for heavy menstruation. (more)
Crohn’s Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Witch hazel is a tannin-containing herb that may be helpful to decrease diarrhea during acute flare-ups and has been used for this purpose in traditional medicine. (more)
Hemorrhoids
Dose:

Follow label instructions

 

Topically applied astringent herbs have been used traditionally as a treatment for hemorrhoids. A leading astringent herb for topical use is witch hazel,1 which is typically applied to hemorrhoids three or four times per day in an ointment base.

References

1. Wichtl M. Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1994, 268-70.

Wound Healing
Dose: Refer to label instructions  

Comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease bruising when the herb is applied topically.1 Comfrey is also widely used in traditional medicine as a topical application to help heal wounds.2Witch hazel can also be used topically to decrease inflammation and to stop bleeding.3 Native Americans used poultices of witch hazel leaves and bark to treat wounds, insect bites, and ulcers.4Horsetail can be used both internally and topically to decrease inflammation and promote wound healing.5

References

1. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, Texas: American Botanical Council, 1998, 115-6.

2. Weiss R. Herbal Medicine. Gothenburg, Sweden: Ab Arcanum and Beaconsfield, UK: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988, 342.

3. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, Texas: American Botanical Council, 1998, 231.

4. Duke JA. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1985, 221.

5. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, Texas: American Botanical Council, 1998, 150-1.

Eczema
Dose: Apply 10 to 20% herbal extract two to three times per day  

A cream prepared with witch hazel and phosphatidylcholine has been reported to be as effective as 1% hydrocortisone in the topical management of eczema, according to one double-blind trial.1

References

1. Laux P, Oschmann R. Witch hazel -Hamamelis virgincia L. Zeitschrift Phytother 1993;14:155-66.

Wound Healing
Dose: Refer to label instructions  

Comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease bruising when the herb is applied topically.1 Comfrey is also widely used in traditional medicine as a topical application to help heal wounds.2Witch hazel can also be used topically to decrease inflammation and to stop bleeding.3 Native Americans used poultices of witch hazel leaves and bark to treat wounds, insect bites, and ulcers.4Horsetail can be used both internally and topically to decrease inflammation and promote wound healing.5

References

1. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, Texas: American Botanical Council, 1998, 115-6.

2. Weiss R. Herbal Medicine. Gothenburg, Sweden: Ab Arcanum and Beaconsfield, UK: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988, 342.

3. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, Texas: American Botanical Council, 1998, 231.

4. Duke JA. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1985, 221.

5. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, Texas: American Botanical Council, 1998, 150-1.

Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a cream containing 2% extract six times daily for three to eight days  

The proanthocyanidins in witch hazel have been shown to exert significant antiviral activity against herpes simplex 1 in the test tube.1 In a double-blind trial, people with acute cold sore outbreaks applied a topical cream containing 2% witch hazel bark extract or placebo six times a day for three to eight days.2 By the end of the eighth day, those using the witch-hazel cream had a pronounced and statistically significant reduction in the size and spread of the inflammation when compared to the placebo group.

References

1. Erdelmeier CA, Cinatl J Jr, Rabenau H, et al. Antiviral and antiphlogistic activities of Hamamelis virginiana bark. Planta Med 1996;62:241-5.

2. Baumgärtner M, Köhler S, Moll I, et al. Localized treatment of herpes labialis using hamamelis special extract: a placebo-controlled double-blind study. Z Allerg Med 1998;74:158-61.

Canker Sores
Dose: Refer to label instructions  

Historically, herbs known as astringents have been used to soothe the pain of canker sores. These herbs usually contain tannins that can bind up fluids and possibly relieve inflammation. They are used as a mouth rinse and then are spit out. None of these herbs has been studied in modern times. Examples of astringent herbs include agrimony, cranesbill, tormentil, oak, periwinkle, and witch hazel. Witch hazel is approved by the German Commission E for local inflammations of the mouth, presumably a condition that includes canker sores.

Cold Sores
Dose: Apply a cream containing 2% extract six times daily for three to eight days  

The proanthocyanidins in witch hazel have been shown to exert significant antiviral activity against herpes simplex 1 in the test tube.1 In a double-blind trial, people with acute cold sore outbreaks applied a topical cream containing 2% witch hazel bark extract or placebo six times a day for three to eight days.2 By the end of the eighth day, those using the witch-hazel cream had a pronounced and statistically significant reduction in the size and spread of the inflammation when compared to the placebo group.

References

1. Erdelmeier CA, Cinatl J Jr, Rabenau H, et al. Antiviral and antiphlogistic activities of Hamamelis virginiana bark. Planta Med 1996;62:241-5.

2. Baumgärtner M, Köhler S, Moll I, et al. Localized treatment of herpes labialis using hamamelis special extract: a placebo-controlled double-blind study. Z Allerg Med 1998;74:158-61.

Varicose Veins
Dose: Refer to label instructions  

Although witch hazel is known primarily for treating hemorrhoids, it may also be useful for varicose veins.1 Topical use of witch hazel to treat venous conditions is approved by the German Commission E, authorities on herbal medicine.2 Application of a witch hazel ointment three or more times per day for two or more weeks is necessary before results can be expected.

References

1. European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy. Hamamelidis folium (Hamamelis leaf). ESCOP Monographs on the Medicinal Uses of Plant Drugs. Exeter, UK: ESCOP, 1997.

2. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. (eds). The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin, TX: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 231.

Menorrhagia
Dose: Refer to label instructions  

Cinnamon has been used historically for the treatment of various menstrual disorders, including heavy menstruation.1 This is also the case with shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris).2 Other herbs known as astringents (tannin-containing plants that tend to decrease discharges), such as cranesbill, periwinkle, witch hazel, and oak, were traditionally used for heavy menstruation. Human trials are lacking, so the usefulness of these herbs is unknown. Black horehound was sometimes used traditionally for heavy periods, though this approach has not been investigated by modern research.

References

1. Leung AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics, 2d ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996, 168-70.

2. Ellingwood F. American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications, 1919, 1998, 354.

Menorrhagia
Dose: Refer to label instructions  

Cinnamon has been used historically for the treatment of various menstrual disorders, including heavy menstruation.1 This is also the case with shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris).2 Other herbs known as astringents (tannin-containing plants that tend to decrease discharges), such as cranesbill, periwinkle, witch hazel, and oak, were traditionally used for heavy menstruation. Human trials are lacking, so the usefulness of these herbs is unknown. Black horehound was sometimes used traditionally for heavy periods, though this approach has not been investigated by modern research.

References

1. Leung AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics, 2d ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996, 168-70.

2. Ellingwood F. American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications, 1919, 1998, 354.

Crohn’s Disease
Dose: Refer to label instructions  

Tannin-containing herbs may be helpful to decrease diarrhea during acute flare-ups and have been used for this purpose in traditional medicine. A preliminary trial using isolated tannins in the course of usual drug therapy for Crohn’s disease found them to be more effective for reducing diarrhea than was no additional treatment.1 Tannin-containing herbs of potential benefit include agrimony (Agrimonia spp.), green tea, oak, witch hazel, and cranesbill. Use of such herbs should be discontinued before the diarrhea is completely resolved; otherwise the disease may be aggravated.

References

1. Plein K, Burkard G, Hotz J. Treatment of chronic diarrhea in Crohn disease. A pilot study of the clinical effect of tannin albuminate and ethacridine lactate. Fortschr Med 1993;111:114-8 [in German].

Parts Used & Where Grown

Although native to North America, witch hazel now also grows in Europe. The leaves and bark of the tree are used in herbal medicine.

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Pour onto cotton ball or soft pad to clean and refresh the skin or splash on.

For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children

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