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The witch hazel is quite a distinct plant, Hamamelis virginica, of the natural order Hamamalideae, the astringent bark of which is used in medicine.
Neat or diluted witch hazel can help for quick relief.
For areas of extreme inflammation, try a witch hazel poultice or spray if touching cannot be tolerated.
Using a natural witch hazel extract to reduce irritation, the balm then sets to work on cooling and soothing the affected skin.
The curious, spidery flowers of this witch hazel look great illuminated by the winter sun.