Botanical Name: Hamamelis virginiana
- English: Hamamelis, Virginian Witch Hazel, Witchazel, Winter bloom, Hazel nut, snapping hazel, tobacco wood, hamamelis water, spotted alder
- Also, known as: Amamelide, Amerikamansaku, cortice de hamamelis, feuilles d’hamamélis, feuilles du noisetier de la sorcière, folhas de hamamelis, hamamelis, hamamélis de virginie, Hexenhasel, magician’s rod, noisetier de sorcière, oczar, pistachio nut, snapping hazelnut, spotted alders, striped alder, tobacco wood, varázsdió levél és kéreg, vilin virginsky, virginische Zaubernuss, virginischer Zauberstrauch, white hazel, winter bloom, witch hazel, Zauberhasel, Zaubernuss, Hamamélide, Zaubernuss, Amamelide, Hamamelis, Chin-lü-mei.
Parts Used: Leaves
Hamamelis virginiana prefers northern-facing slopes, riverbanks, fences, and other places with shade and well-drained soil. This plant ranges all over the lower 48 states of the U.S. and up into Nova Scotia and Ontario in Canada. Witch hazel is a deciduous shrub that boasts compact clumps of yellow or orange-red flowers with long, thin petals and hard, black seed pods. The plant reaches about 15 feet in height and flowers in the fall or winter. The flowers are pale to bright yellow, rarely orange or reddish, with four ribbon-shaped petals 10–20 mm long and four short stamens and grow in clusters; flowering begins in about mid-fall and continues until late fall.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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