WITCH HAZEL (HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA)Astringent and Anti-Bacterial, Witch Hazel Tincture is excellent for infections, skin issues, and to stop bleeding.
How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Use Witch Hazel Tincture as you would most astringent herbs. It's ability to tighten tissues and heal wounds, combined with anti-bacterial properties means it can be used for internal and external bleeding, cleaning and soothing bruises, binds stools to stop diarrhea, relieving the pain of hemorrhoids by restoring tone to swollen tissue.
Witch Hazel is a painkiller and antiseptic that will help to kill bacteria and is used as an effective gargle for sore throats and to keep wounds clean.
SUGGESTED USE1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines
Biocharacteristics of Witch Hazel
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.
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Includes skin care, and anything that nourishes epithelial membranes (of digestive, respiratory, urinary tract, blood vessels, etc).
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Witch Hazel
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Helpful in infections and for those with weak immune systems.
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An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.
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A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.
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An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.
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Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Witch Hazel
Hibiscus has these Actions in Common
Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Vulnerary, Antioxidant, Relieves-burning, Hemostatic
Rose Petals has these Actions in Common
Hemostatic, Uterine-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Antiseptic, Styptic
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antibacterial, Vulnerary, Analgesic, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Vulnerary
Aloe Vera Juice / Gel
Aloe Vera Juice / Gel has these Actions in Common
Antibacterial, Vulnerary, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Refreshes-skin
Cassava Root / Yuca
Cassava Root / Yuca has these Actions in Common
Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Relieves-burning, Antioxidant, Vulnerary
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Hemostatic, Antibacterial, Styptic, Antifungal
Cranberry has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Styptic, Antioxidant, Refrigerant
Pomegranate has these Actions in Common
Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Styptic, Antioxidant
Poppy Seed has these Actions in Common
Relieves-burning, Analgesic, Styptic, Antioxidant
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Styptic, Hemostatic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Witch Hazel
Goldenseal has these Actions in Common
Antifungal, Antiseptic, Hemostatic, Refrigerant, Vessel-tonic, Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antiseptic, Hemostatic, Styptic, Vessel-tonic, Vulnerary, Analgesic
Arjuna has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Refrigerant, Styptic, Vessel-tonic, Vulnerary
Cornsilk has these Actions in Common
Hemostatic, Refrigerant, Vulnerary, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic
Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common
Vulnerary, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antiseptic, Styptic
Neem Leaf has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiseptic, Refrigerant, Vulnerary
Licorice Ghee (9oz)
Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common
Vulnerary, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common
Relieves-burning, Vulnerary, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Refrigerant
Agrimony has these Actions in Common
Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Hemostatic, Styptic
Mullein has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Hemostatic, Styptic, Vulnerary
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Witch Hazel may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.