Witch hazel is a plant. The leaf, bark, and twigs are used to make medicine. You may see a product called witch hazel water (Hamamelis water, distilled witch hazel extract). This is a liquid that is distilled from dried leaves, bark, and partially dormant twigs of Hamamelis virginiana.
PURPOSE: Astringent feel
SOURCE: Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) plant
1) Stopping minor bleeding. Applying witch hazel bark, leaf, or water to the skin seems to reduce minor bleeding.
2) Hemorrhoids. Applying witch hazel water to the skin may help to temporarily relieve itching, discomfort, irritation, and burning due to hemorrhoids and other anal disorders.
3) Reducing skin irritation. Applying witch hazel cream seems to relieve mild skin irritation, but not as well as hydrocortisone.