Witch hazel is a tonic, astringent, and a sedative. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which, coupled with the astringents, aid in the treatment of bruises and swelling. As an added benefit, witch hazel helps strengthen the muscular fibers of the veins. It is so effective, we at SKIN All Natural use it in our eczema and acne creams to start the healing right away. It also features in our cleanser, age defying cream, and others.