This ‘magical’ astringent is mainly used externally on sores, bruises, swelling and bleeding. It is a strong anti-oxidant used in skincare to treat everything from acne to eczema, insect bites or poison ivy, and also as a treatment for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. (Witch hazel is the main ingredient in Tucks Wipes– an American novelty meant to relieve the itch and burn of hemorrhoids).
Frankly speaking, after having a baby, I’m quite certain you can’t go wrong with Witch Hazel… Soreness? Yes. Burning? Yes. Swelling? Yes. Hemorrhoids? Yes. Bleeding? Ummm…. Yes! Ohhh the joys of motherhood!
Personally, I used Tucks Wipes after the birth of my two boys. They’re easy, convenient and they do the job. Sadly, however, you can not find them here in Europe…. But never mind; you can make them yourself!
Witch Hazel (or Hamamelis) can be found in most drug stores. After browsing the internet, I found this beautiful bottle of Hamamelis Water at French shop, Néroliane, and I think it looks so beautiful — I can just imagine using this ‘wonder drug’ for everything!
Spray a little on a wet wash cloth and apply to sore, tender areas.