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Home Page > Hydrosol Profiles > Witch Hazel Hydrosol

Witch Hazel Hydrosol

The aroma of Witch Hazel Hydrosol is similar to that of the topical Witch Hazel products sold in drug stores. The topical products sold in most drugstores, however, are not pure distillates and typically contain about 14% alcohol.

The aroma of pure Witch Hazel Hydrosol is slightly herbaceous and green. The aroma is pleasant, but it does take some people a little getting used to.

Botanical Name

Hamamelis virginiana

Aromatic Strength


Shelf Life

Up to 1 year if stored properly (refrigeration is recommended).

Reported Properties, Uses and Applications

Suzanne Catty reports that Witch Hazel Hydrosol helps to reduce redness, can sooth rashes and itching and is useful for psoriasis, eczema and may help in other situations caused from damaged or injured skin. She personally uses it for soothing mosquito bites. It is anti-inflammatory and she suggests it for use in massage and with varicose veins and hemorrhoids. She reports that its strongly antioxidant and is a good choice for maturing skin. [Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001), 95-96.]

Len and Shirley Price report that Witch Hazel Hydrosol possesses the following properties: "analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, antioxidant, antisepctic, astringent, cicatrisant, cooling, ophthalmic, sedative, styptic, tonic." [Len Price and Shirley Price, Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals (London: Churchill Livingstone, 2004), 112-113.]

Jeanne Rose also remarks that Witch Hazel Hydrosol is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal and is useful as a spray for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. [Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols (Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999), 174.]

Safety Information

Read AromaWeb's Hydrosol Safety Guidelines.

Helpful Sources of Information About Witch Hazel Hydrosol


Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
Author: Suzanne Catty
ISBN: 0-89281-946-4

Understanding Hydrolats

Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals
Authors: Len Price and Shirley Price
ISBN: 0443073163 / 978-0443073168

375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols

375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols
Author: Jeanne Rose
ISBN: 1-883319-89-7

Hydrosols, Hydrolats & Aromatic Waters

Essential Waters: Hydrosols, Hydrolats & Aromatic Waters
Author: Marge Clark

The hydrosol information and safety precautions provided within this area are intended for educational purposes only. The data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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