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Witch Hazel a beautiful deciduous shrub often associated with cosmetic purposes due to its anti-inflammatory properties. There are a wide array of medicinal virtues for this Native American herbal remedy. Colorful fragrant flowers bloom in the winter, and often the flower essence is referred to those who feel out of sync with the seasonal cycles of nature. If you have trouble with the changing of the seasons and don’t feel quite in sync, Witch Hazel flower essence can support you getting back into balance. Witch Hazel bark scraped upwards (according to Iroquois Medical Botany by James Herrick) and boiled for 30 minutes can be drunk as a tea and used to combat parasites, infections, colds, coughs, and diarrhea while also helping the bowels to eliminate completely.

Topically, it can be applied to the skin and scalp to soothe irritation and inflammatory related issues such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and more. It can be applied safely to broken skin, although depending on the extraction it may sting but it can relieve itchiness and bleeding– it’s a wonderful astringent!

Last, but definitely not least, it is one of the best topical treatments for hemorrhoids, reducing redness, providing pain relief, and possibly even staunching bleeding. Think of the cheery yellow blossoms of Witch Hazel whenever you are caught in a dreary winter bloom!

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Arielle Hayat

Arielle Hayat of @arielletheherbalist is a clinical herbalist with three years of intensive training from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. She completed her 1000 hour apprenticeship with 30+ year Wise Woman herbalist Lata Kennedy of Flower Power Herbs and Roots focusing on the Six Steps of Healing of the Wise Woman Tradition. She continues to work at Flower Power and there she is able to empower and guide numerous people in her community to a healthier lifestyle that focuses on wellness from the inside out. Arielle has a private consult practice, (link https://www.thealchemistskitchen.com/pages/herbalists) and teaches weekly workshops at wellness haven, The Alchemist's Kitchen. She also is a founding member of Sacred Lotus Yoni Steam (https://www.thealchemistskitchen.com/collections/sacred-lotus) as a clinical herbalist formulating steam blends for feminine health. Her education in natural plant medicine weaves the methodologies of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Native American folk, European herbalism, and The Wise Woman tradition (the oldest tradition of healing on our planet) to nourish the mind, body and soul of her clientele. Arielle's specialty lies in protocols for helping the body adapt to stress, healing mental wounds caused by the affects of tension and anxiety. She also sees clients with issues related to gut/ digestion, viral infections, adrenals, hormones and more. Through their work together, Arielle's clients rediscover their inner peace, and can experience profound emotional and physical transformation. Her website is arielletheherbalist.com.

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