Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins which is a polyphenol that acts as an astringent. Witch Hazel, when distilled correctly, also contains flavonoid compounds which work to fight free radicals that cause damage to our skin.
Witch Hazel is not regarded as a health hazard under current legislation. There are MSDS sheets out there that will give you more information pertaining to the witch hazel you purchased. Take time to research and educate yourself on all the ingredients you use in any DIY recipe and know how to react if it gets into the eyes of adults or children.
Like many things, you want to watch the quality of the witch hazel you purchase. Avoid drugstore quality and do your research regarding the manufacturing processes of Witch Hazel. The stuff you’ll see in drugstores is generally not very effective.
If you Google the benefits of Witch Hazel you’ll find many medical and healing claims. A search on Pinterest turns up a plethora of DIY recipes for everything from skincare to hemorrhoid treatment to treating insect bites.
As I like to avoid any and all medical claims, I’ll let you do your research on how to use it. We use it in a variety of DIY recipes in our home. It combines well with our Young Living Essential Oils!