Witch hazel is traditionally used in skin care preparations to promote healing. Its astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal toner, especially for oily and acne-prone complexions. Commercial witch hazel water is usually distilled from recently cut twigs from the hamamelis virginiana plant. Alcohol -- which can be too harsh for sensitive skin types -- is often added as a preservative. However, you can make your own alcohol-free witch hazel water, from readily available hamamelis bark, at home.
Things You'll Need
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel bark
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 quart saucepan
- Glass storage container with airtight lid
Place the witch hazel bark and water in a saucepan. Allow the witch hazel bark to soak for half an hour.
Place the saucepan over a heat source, and bring the water to the boil.
Put the lid on the saucepan, and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, and allow the contents to cool.
Strain the liquid into a sterile, airtight glass container to remove the witch hazel bark.
Seal the container securely.