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(Hamamelis virginiana)

HARVEST: Bark and leaves.

Traditional treatment for cuts, bruises, hemorrhoids, and sore muscles.
Externally the tea has been rubbed on cuts, bruises, insect stings, sore muscles and joints.
EXTRACT = Put 2½ C. distilled water and enough bark that can be thoroughly submerged into a pan and bring to a boil; cover and simmer 30 minutes; strain and use to make witch hazel water.

Flexible branches used to make archery bows.

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