At The Palms at Juban Lakes Apartments in Denham Springs, Louisiana, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself on the regular basis with lifestyle-enhancing tips, such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way-of-life through education that promotes self-care.
There’s no doubt about it: self-care has been around for thousands of years, even if it did not always have an official label on its practices. One way that Native Americans would take care of their bodies, and in turn, their minds, for instance, was using natural remedies, such as witch hazel. This product was so effective that it even translates into a modern context, finding its way into the medicine cabinets of millions of Americans – and with good reason.
According to health experts, the shrub extract is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and possibly anti-viral. It also makes for an excellent astringent. In fact, witch hazel is so powerful, it’s recommended that you only ever use the product when diluted with water! Here are four surprising ways you can use witch hazel in your daily life. Check out the suggestions below.
Treat an itchy or sensitive scalp.
Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory nature makes it a great choice for those looking to soothe their scalp. If you’re suffering from hair loss, an allergic reaction, dandruff, or something similar, try rinsing your hair and scalp with diluted witch hazel. Follow with shampoo and rinse again for best results. Trust us – you’ll feel the effects of the witch hazel in no time at all.
Spot treat acne.
If you use a skin toner, it’s likely that you apply witch hazel to your face every day. Witch hazel is a common ingredient in toners and other products and is considered a great home treatment for acne. That’s because witch hazel’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and oil-wicking properties, making it ideal for battling blemishes and oily skin. Try applying diluted witch hazel with a finger or cotton swab.
Soothe insect bites.
Insect bites are the worst – but, they can become a little more manageable with witch hazel. Simply apply witch hazel to a cotton swab and apply it to affected areas. Aside from witch hazel’s ability to soothe the skin and kill any bad bacteria, the product has been shown to suppress erythema, a reddening of the skin caused by injury or irritation.
Heal eczema, rashes, and other minor skin ailments.
Though strong in potency, witch hazel is an incredibly gentle cleansing agent. This makes it perfect for treating eczema, skin rashes, and any other minor skin ailments. Some parents even apply witch hazel to babies with diaper rash! Though great for skin, dermatologists recommend that you only use witch hazel on dry or scaly skin if you intend to follow it with a more moisturizing product, like lotion or baby oil.