The healing power of hazel

The hazel is a tree or shrub that originally grows in Europe. He is related to the birch. This tree is also grown for its hazelnuts. Both hazelnuts and hazel leaves have medicinal properties. It is said to work on varicose veins and edema, among other things. The hazel is also said to provide substances that are good for the blood vessels. It is mainly the leaves that have a medicinal effect. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Botanical drawing hazel / Source: Carl Axel Magnus Lindman, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Contents:

  • Medicinal properties of the leaf of the hazelnut bush
  • Naming
  • Active substances
  • Hazel good for the blood vessels
  • External use hazel leaves and bark
  • Dose and safety

Medicinal properties of the leaf of the hazelnut bush

The medicinal power of hazelnuts and hazelnut oil is undeniable. Not only the nuts of the hazelnut tree are useful, but also the leaves of this tree. However, the leaves cannot be eaten. You can make a macerate from it; In the case of hazel leaves, this means that you bring a liter of water to the boil with 25 grams of leaves in it. Then let this water stand for 12 hours. You can drink the cold tea you have obtained three times a day to achieve a therapeutic effect.

Naming

The Latin name of hazel is Corylus avellana . In Dutch, this medicinal plant is called hazel or hazelnut bush. The effect of hazel is similar to that of American witch hazel, except that hazel is weaker in effect. Hazel-based medicines are offered as an alternative to American witch hazel-based medicines. The trees are related and the medical uses are almost identical.

Active substances

The nuts, bark and leaves of the hazel can be used medicinally. You can read more about hazelnuts in the link of the first paragraph of this article. Here, only the medicinal properties of hazel leaves and the bark of the young branches are discussed. The leaves contain the following substances: the flavonoids myricitrin and proanthocyanidins, tannins or tannins, essential oil, palmitic acid, paraffin, betasitosterol, taraxerol and sucrose.

Hazel good for the blood vessels

In phytotherapy, natural medicines are prescribed for the following indications:

Hazel / Source: H. Zell, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

  • Varicose veins,
  • Feeling of heaviness in the legs,
  • Edema,
  • Nocturnal leg cramps,
  • Swollen ankles and lower legs,
  • Internal and external hemorrhoids,
  • Vein ulcer,
  • To prevent phlebitis or vein inflammation.

Hazel leaf is often used in a mixture with other liver and bile herbs such as: boldo, mint and celandine.

External use hazel leaves and bark

Hazel leaf and bark have an astringent effect. This means that the bleeding stops. In addition, it heals wounds; in medicine one speaks of a cicatrizing effect. The blood vessel constricting effect of capillaries and smaller veins also contributes to haemostasis. Due to these medicinal properties, herbal therapists prescribe it for the following external conditions:

  • Hemorrhoids,
  • Varicose veins,
  • Oral mucosal inflammation,
  • Gingivitis or gingivitis,
  • Mild injuries.
  • Non-healing wounds.

Dose and safety

Hazel leaf and bark are safe to use as long as you maintain the therapeutic dose below.

  • 30 drops of mother tincture three times a day.
  • Five drops of glycerine macerate one to three times a day.
  • Three times a day an infusion or tea of 25 grams of leaves that are brought to the boil and then macerated in a closed pan for 12 hours. By soaking leaves in water for a long time, the active substances will be absorbed into the infusion water.