As it is Spring, and I am an herbalist, I would like to begin my blog with a photograph of the one of the magical plants that is waking up again for another year of growth and expansion! Welcome and enjoy!
This picture is Witch Hazel (Hamamelis). It shared it's glory as one of the first flowers of Spring. Historically, this plant has been used topically for it's drying affect, to treat inflammation, and as an astringent. The leaves are distilled to make "witch hazel" and the bark is used to make tincture for external application.
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