Friday, 16 October 2015

68. Witch hazel

The long shadows of the standing stones point directly towards a golden bush - the witch hazel is glowing in the late afternoon sun.

Witch hazel is a traditional Native American herb, valued for its astringent and cleansing properties. We planted it in the medicinal bed in the Lughnasa herb garden along with echinacea, evening primrose and many other amazing plants.

Witch hazel is probable best known as the main ingredient in commercial eye lotion, used for tired or dry eyes. I needed no tincture today: it's bright autumn colour was enough to refresh not only my eyes but my full being.

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