Hazel's forked branches are used for divining, and the wood makes wonderful magickal wands. Hazel nuts hung in the house will bring luck, and can be carried to improve fertility. Eat the nuts to bring you wisdom when solving a problem.
Witch hazel, basically a forest tree, is indigenous to Canada and eastern areas of the United States, but is now cultivated commercially in most parts of Europe. Witch hazel can be propagated either from hardwood cuttings or from the seeds of the tree.
Hazel as an Herb for Medicinal Uses
This is a superb astringent herb, with slight aromatic properties and is used to curb bleeding, reduce inflammation, lessen mucus discharge and has local haemostatic qualities.
Almost all pharmacies carry some type of witch hazel preparation in the form of witch hazel toner, hemorrhoidal wipes with witch hazel, and suppositories. Besides their use topically for hemorrhoids and veins, witch hazel lotions are useful on rough, swollen, gardener's or carpenter's hands.
You can also use witch hazel internally to treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids, or a prolapsed uterus, although not the witch hazel distillate preparation frequently found in drug stores.
If you have watery stools or blood or mucus in your stools on a regular basis, your physician may suspect colitis or irritable bowel syndrome and recommend witch hazel to reduce intestinal secretions associated with these conditions.
A teaspoon of strong witch hazel tea with a drop of clove bud essential oil and a drop of myrrh essential oil can be used to sooth swollen gums associated with teething.
Tincture: Use 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon, 2 to 6 times a day.
Witch hazel is not recommended as a general daily beverage, but it may be consumed for cases of hemorrhoids, diarrhea, or weak, lax uterus, veins, and intestines.
Culinary Uses of Hazel
Generally not recommended for culinary purposes; however, the seeds of the Witch Hazel are edible.
Tea: Tea is a very popular way for administering witch hazel. To create a witch hazel tea, add 2 to 3 grams of witch hazel leave to boiling water for about 15 minutes. Witch hazel tea can be taken two to three times a day. As a tincture, take 2 to 4 mL three times a day.
In Norse mythology, holly and hazel also belonged to Thor the Thunderer. They were thought to protect people from his thunder bolts. Holly trees were planted a little distance from homes to attract lightning strikes away from the house. In Christian times, holly taken into the church for Christmas celebration (or hazel for Easter) was carried home and hung up to ward off lightning the rest of the year.
Magickal Uses: Hazel nuts bring luck, and can be eaten to increase wisdom. Twigs of hazel placed in the window frames will guard your house from lightening. Hazel wood makes excellent magick wands, and the forked twigs are often used by dowsers.
When taken internally it may reduce the absorption of drugs.
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