January 2016

Winter blossoms - Witch-hazel - Hamamelis

Witch hazel is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, with three species in North America and one each in Japan and China. The one we are using in homeopathy is the North American „Hamamelis virginiana“. She flowers in autumn, while the Chinese and Japanese species are flowering during winter time, before their leaves are out.

The images below I took on the 28th of December in Bonn’s botanical garden.

Hamamelis is well known for it’s strong anti-oxidant and astringent impact. It is mainly used for cracked or blistered skin and as a treatment for varicose veins. This plant was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians.

Hamamelis mollis

Image 1: Hamamelis mollis (China)

Hamamelis X intermedia-2

Image 2: Hamamelis x intermedia (a hybrid)
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