Witch hazel is an extract from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub Hamamelis virginiana. It has a long history in various folk medicinal treatments. According to Drugs.com, there are more than 30 traditional uses for witch hazel including hemorrhoids, burns, cancers, tuberculosis, colds and fever. Its primary use through the years has been for the treatment of skin conditions, and scientists are just now beginning to understand how it works and how it can benefit the skin.
Witch hazel has antimicrobial, astringent, anti inflammatory and moisturising properties in turn making it the perfect accompaniment for any skin type irritation such as eczema, acne and rash.