Since I was very little, it seems that the answer to almost any problem in our house could be solved by witch hazel. A scraped knee, bruises, bug bites, sunburn, acne…. Every time I would come running to mom for help after hurting myself, she would inevitably suggest I “put some witch hazel on it”. If you’ve ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the Dad uses Windex to solve all issues – it’s like that except with witch hazel. I’m actually surprised we don’t have it in a big spray bottle for easier use. All of this to say, I have been using witch hazel on my face for years (as a toner and/or to treat acne) and I love how well it works to keep my skin clear and healthy.
What is it witch hazel?
Witch hazel is a shrub that is native to North America and Asia. The leaves and bark of witch hazel are used to make an astringent liquid cure-all. Due to its antioxidant and astringent properties, witch hazel is great for reducing swelling, infections, insect bites, blisters, and poison ivey. It also fights off bacteria in the pores of your skin, helping to prevent skin cancer, ageing, and promote healthy cell regeneration. To read more about the many wonders and benefits of witch hazel, see this article by Dr Josh Axe.
When used as a natural remedy for acne, witch hazel can help reduce redness, inflammation, oiliness and speed up the healing process by killing off bacteria. It is even more effective when used with tea tree, or other essential oils such as lavender, frankincense and copaiba.
Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial and anti fungal properties, while frankincense helps to promote healthy cell regeneration. Lavender is very soothing for the skin, and is great for reducing scars. Lavender also helps combat excess sebum in the skin, and is therefore very beneficial for treating acne. Copaiba is known for it’s anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.
Some other essential oils that could be useful for treating acne include bergamot, cedarwood, helichrysum, thyme, patchouli and vetiver – see the Young Living Canada Natural Remedies Guide for more info on these oils.
DIY Facial Toner
This is a chemical free, alcohol free and toxin free toner you can make at home! Super simple, natural, and effective!
Fill your roller bottle almost to the top with witch hazel, leaving some space for your essential oils. Add 2 drops lavender, 3 drops frankincense, 4 drops tea tree and 1 drop copaiba. You can play around with the ratio of oils, or add more if you feel it is necessary for your skin. Seal with the roller bottle & cap and shake to blend. You can use this roller bottle on your face as a daily toner, and apply to acne or other skin conditions to speed up the healing process!
Make sure you are using only the most pure essential oils on your skin. To buy 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for this recipe, see my Essential Oils and Get Started! pages. Note that 3 out of 4 of these essential oils are in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. Why not jump in now and start transforming your health and wellness? Join our community, and start creating a chemical free home now! I would love to help get you started. Please contact me if you have any questions.