Witch Hazel Extract Profile
Botanical Name- Hamamelis virginiana
Exraction- Alcohol and water (14% alcohol)
Shelf life- 3 years
Notes- Our line of Witch Hazel extract is distilled from the twigs and bark of the Witch Hazel tree and contains 14.5% ethyl alcohol. USP grade and manufactured according to such standards. The alcohol used in the production of our Witch Hazel extract is grain based.
Odor- Virtually odorless/characteristic
Pesticide residues- Tested Negative
Alcohol by volume- 14.5%
Bacteria- <1 CFU/ml
Tannins- <0.03 mg/ml
Yeast and Mold- <10 CFU/ml
Witch Hazel Extract is a wonderful ingredient for use in your cosmetic and medicinal preparations. It is gentle enough to be used alone, or it may be combined with other ingredients or herbs. Commercial Witch Hazel extracts usually contain more alcohol than actual Witch Hazel, and have only been distilled once. However, the line offered by Mountain Rose Herbs leads in both quality and potency. Our true Witch Hazel extract has been double distilled, and contains 86% Witch Hazel extract and only 14% alcohol. This makes it more soothing than the version found in your local store, and lacks the alcohol sting and scent.
A Brief History
Witch Hazel extract is produced from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub Witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana. It has been used medicinally throughout history.
Witch Hazel extract is intended for external use. Avoid using Witch Hazel extract close to the mucus membranes or in the eyes, as it contains a small amount of alcohol. It is best to use on this product on unbroken skin.
External use of Witch Hazel extract could result in minor skin irritation for some people.
Do not use on serious burns, cuts, or other wounds.
The FDA has approved Witch Hazel distillate as safe for external use in skin care products. Sources had reported no known side effects as of March of 2000. However, future studies may provide more information about the safety or side effects of Witch Hazel
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.