The soothing properties of witch hazel even made it popular with the indigenous people in its native North America. We, too, love it due to the many beneficial facets it offers for use in our skin care.
The leaves, branches and bark of the witch hazel shrub are packed with antioxidants which, help refine the appearance of the skin. As a result, witch hazel is a key plant for Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and simply indispensable for our skin care and make-up products.
Its own rhythm.
It blossoms in autumn and winter when all other plants withdraw into themselves and bears its fruits and flowers at the same time. Its courage and strength to follow its own rhythm make witch hazel so beautiful and special.
Pop goes the witch hazel.
Once the witch hazel’s woody seed capsules have dried out, you should tie a large caution tape around the shrub. This is because the capsules can suddenly burst open with a pop, scattering their seeds for meters around – at speeds of over twelve meters per second/13 yards per second.
No fear of frost.
Surely you can’t have delicate yellow flowers in a snowy landscape… Witch hazel knows a trick that makes this possible: when the weather turns cold, it simply rolls up its flowers and waits for it to warm up again. This enables the flowering shrub to withstand temperatures of as low as -10°C/14°F.
Witch hazel shrubs prefer to keep their distance from neighboring plants and do not like their roots getting too close. It can take up to three years for a shrub to get used to a new location.