Witch Hazel Water

There is a big difference between the witch hazel you buy at  the pharmacy and a folk made witch hazel water. Check that label on the back to see what other ingredients have been added. Often time rubbing alcohol and other toxic ingredients are put in to keep the product shelf stable. Although its not fatal, oral consumption of witch hazel water is potentially toxic due to the high content of tannins remaining in commercial products.  As a result, the ingestion of store bought witch hazel water is inadvisable ESPECIALLY during pregnancy and lactation. I have chosen in the last few years to steer clear of store brands and now boil my own witch water so I know what i am getting is pure. 


About this Recipe

By: Jennifer Shelhart

This is a staple to keep in your apothecary. As a base for most skincare and skin healing products its nice to have a chemical free version right at your fingertips.


  • 1/2 Cup coconut oil

  • 2 Cups sugar

  • 10 Drops lavender essential oil

  • Prune your shrub as soon as it has flowered. This is the prime harvest and will make the strongest tonic.
  • Remove the leaves and flowers to save for teas and sachets.
  • Chop the twigs into small pieces using either a mechanical mulcher or pruning clippers.



  • Place the chopped twigs into a two-gallon pot and cover with distilled water. 
  • Bring the contents to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer
  • Cover and cook for at least 10 hours, adding water as needed to keep the sticks covered. 
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely
  • Pour the liquid through a strainer. 
  •  Pour into clean bottles or jars.

Keep refrigerated or add a 8 ounces of vodka or brandy. After a couple of weeks discard and make a new batch. Yield: one gallon.

Dont want to make your own? I carry Witch Hazel water for just $8. Find it here.  

I’d love to hear how you use Witch Hazel! Leave me a comment! If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.


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