Witch hazel is a contorted shrub or a small tree. The bark of witch hazel, which is capable of growing up to 15 feet in height is normally gray and brownish in color.
The shrub produces buds in clusters at the base of the leaves. Witch hazel flowers from September to November and the flowers have petals that look like twined yellowish straps and they blossom entirely after the leaves have shed from the branches.
Witch hazel has been used for centuries by Native Americans as a styptic and as a herbal remedy to soothe the skin. Witch hazel also sustains the skin's natural immune function.
Treat hot spots, or skin allergies, with witch hazel. Trim fur around the hot spot. Dip a cotton ball in witch hazel and apply it directly to the dog's skin. Repeat two to three times daily.
Witch hazel is mainly used externally on sores, bruises and swelling but it can also be used for cleaning your dogs ears.
Add a few drops of witch hazel directly into the ear canal and massage the base of the ear. Wipe away any loose dirt.
Soak a fresh cotton ball with witch hazel, and wipe the cotton ball over the dog’s entire ear flap.
Witch hazel evaporates quickly and is a natural cleanser, removing oil and grease from the ear without the danger of leaving any moisture inside the ear canal.