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The Uses and Advantages of Witch Hazel

Beauty products and remedies for acne or other type of skin products can range from normal lotions and oils to more creative products like mud masks, mayonnaise, or other house hold products. Our mothers and fathers have passed on age old ways to cure a zit or another type of skin imperfection. Do you use toothpaste to dry out your skin or avocadoes to moisturize it? A common house hold products that can be used as a beauty product among many other medical type reasons is witch hazel. It has been used for centuries and it has many uses. Here are different ways you can use witch hazel and the advantages it has for your skin.

Witch hazel was first used by North American Indians and the southern American area because it is made from a plant found in that area. Its early uses were to help stop hemorrhaging or internal bleeding, sprains, eye inflammation, skin inflammation, and tumors. The plant extract has been known for centuries that it is one of the best products to use an astringent.

One of the biggest advantages of witch hazel is that it is organic and is made from the plant extract so it can be used both internally and externally to treat ailments. You can drink it, gargle it in your throat or rinse your mouth with it, and use it as a douching liquid. You can find recipes for teas where you can add witch hazel which will probably make it taste better if you need to drink it for curing an upset stomach. Gargling it will help sore throats heel faster and feel better. Rinsing your mouth with it will act as an organic mouthwash.

Externally, you can use it to treat skin imperfections, cuts, veins, hemorrhoids, insect bites, and bruises. Whatever you need to treat, you just rub the witch hazel on the area. Most witch hazel you find at the drug store is made with alcohol which can dry out your skin or be too irritating. Depending on what you are using the product for you may not need the alcohol in it.

You can buy alcohol free witch hazel that is more effective for treating eczema or really dry skin, toning your skin, or cleaning a cut. The alcohol free is a better choice for kids because the alcohol can really hurt if you are cleaning a cut. If you aren’t treating acne but are using it for a beauty product on your face, I would recommend the alcohol free so that you won’t dry your skin. When treating burns or severely dry skin this is the best choice because most alcohol free witch hazels also have additives, like Aloe Vera or essential oil which help to moisturize. It can be used to tighten pores and tone your skin that will will make your skin have a beautiful glow.

This product should be kept in your home as a common household ingredient. In addition to treating skin imperfections, inflammation, or internal problems, there are other common uses for it. You can use the product to treat razor burn, alleviate pain from a wind or sun burn, taking off make up, and reducing the swelling from a pesky bug bite.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

Holiday Host Gifts from Organic Flowers to Natural Skin Care Products

The holidays are a time to invite friends over for fun times, making memories, and enjoying one another’s company. Holiday parties are thrown for exquisite dinner parties, ornament making parties, card making parties, and gift buying trunk shows for example. A warm hearted friend or family member opens their home for holiday fun and a place to host a party or event. It is common for guests to bring the host a gift in appreciation of inviting friends and family into their homes for fun holiday occasions. Here are some ideas for all natural, organic, holiday host gifts.

A lovely bouquet of flowers or a poinsettia arrangement are always welcomed and greatly appreciated by the host. This gift idea is a way to show your thanks for an invitation to an event or dinner, and they also act as a decorative addition to the host’s home. Poinsettias are perfect during the holiday season because they are festive in color and are a common holiday decoration. You could also make a flower arrangement with flowers from your own garden or from a local garden where you live. Organic flowers are beautiful and safe for your or the host’s home because they are pesticide free.

Baking some type of sweet treat, pie, or bread is another great gift idea. The host could use your home baked gift at her dinner for dessert or save it for themselves after everyone has left as a nice way to relax and enjoy something wonderful tasting. Baking or cooking with organic ingredients will ensure the best tasting dish that is healthful and good for our bodies. Organic cooking won’t have any synthetic or harmful ingredients. You could bake a warm apple pie, some sweet pumpkin bread, or some homemade fudge. These are festive and great tasting holiday treats.

Throwing a dinner party or holiday party can be stressful and take a lot of work and preparation for the host. A great idea for a host gift is to make a basket with relaxing lotions, candles, or body oils. You can include all of these to make a variety basket with different types of relaxation products. Making the basket with natural skin care products will show that you really care about your host because you aren’t giving harmful products with harsh chemicals that could cause skin irritation, which isn’t very relaxing. Organic products are made with relaxing scents and ingredients such as plumeria or cucumber. The host will really appreciate being able to relax with organic cucumber body butter.

You could give one or all of these ideas for a host gift. When you are preparing the gift for your host, take the time to make the presentation beautiful. The holiday host will love these gifts.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit

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