Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Formal Name: Hamamelis virginiana
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquids

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


The origin of the name "witch hazel" comes from a variety of sources. The wood of the witch hazel plant was once used to make brooms, and the seed pods of the plant make a popping sound when they fall from the tree, leading to the belief that the herb had magical powers. Alternatively, the name may come from the Anglo-Saxon term "wych", meaning flexible. Originally, Native Americans used the branches of witch hazel to construct bows. Witch Hazel was also used medicinally by Native Americans.

Bodily Functions Witch Hazel Assists

Witch hazel is a flowering plant grown mainly in North America, China, and Japan. It is typically used to alleviate gastrointestinal problems, regulate menstruation, and heal wounds and burns when used topically.

Foods High in Witch Hazel

The bark and leaves of the witch hazel plant can be used to brew medicinal tea. Witch hazel is not normally used as a food flavoring, as many people find its taste to be disagreeable.

Ailment That Witch Hazel Eliminates:
  • Treats diarrhea
  • Treats hemorrhoids
  • Reduces excessive menstruation
  • Treats colitis
  • Alleviates hemorrhoids
  • Eliminates the appearance of varicose veins
  • Relieves minor pain from bruises, burns, and cuts when applied externally
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Constipation and nausea when used in excess
  • Possible kidney or liver damage
  • Upset stomach