Metaphysical Properties Of Witch Hazel
Official Name: Hamamelis virginiea
Other Names: Snapping Hazelnut, Spotted Alder, Winterbloom
Metaphysical Powers: Protection, Chastity
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Witch Hazel
- Witch Hazel has long been used to create divining rods.
- The bark and twigs are used to protect against evil influences.
- When carried, Witch Hazel helps to mend a broken heart and cool the passions.
Witch hazel is a leather-leafed deciduous shrub native to the eastern United States. The bottoms of its leaves are dull, gray, but the upward-facing surfaces of the leaves are shiny green.
Witch hazel is easy to recognize in the woods in autumn because as other trees are losing their leaves, witch hazel is covered with threadlike, golden-yellow flowers. Both the bark and the leaves are used in herbal medicine.