What is a witch-hazel?
Witch-hazel characteristics (Hamamelis virginiana)
Common Name: witch-hazel, spotted alder, winterbloom, or snapping hazelnut. The last name refers to the seeds that are driven long distances when the fruit matures and opens.
Scientific name: Hamamelis virginiana
Habitat: Eastern Canada and northeastern United States.
Deciduous shrub of the Hamamelidaceae family that can reach 7 feet tall.
Composition of witch-hazel:
- Tannins: – gallic acid (leaves) and hamamelitannin (bark and leaves)
- Flavonoids: quercetin, quercitrin, isoquercitrin, L.-epicatechin, myricetin, phlobaphene, leucocyanidin, leucodelphinidin (leaves)
- Saponins: (leaves)
- Sugars: Hamamelose
- Essential oil: with safrole, ester and alcohol
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23 October, 2021