Witch Hazel Use

Joseph Zorzin redoak at forestmeister.com
Fri Jun 26 07:29:15 EST 1998

john doe wrote:
> On Thu, 25 Jun 1998 23:26:14 GMT, dolly45 at my-dejanews.com wrote:
> >I have been doing some research for a course report on the historical uses of
> >Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel).  Could anyone provide me with some
> >information they might have.
> Well, its name comes from its use in "water witching", or devining for
> water.
> Also, I believe it used to be one of the main ingredients in
> preparation H.

Hmmm... interesting. I'll remember that, next time I'm deep in the witch
hazel rich woods around here, and I'm having a "problem". <G>

My textbook of dendrology (Harlow and Harrar) mentions some uses of
other species in the widespread witch-hazel family, but says little
about Hamamelis virginiana.

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