The “Witch” in witch-hazel has origins of Middle English in the word “wiche,” from the Old English “wice,” meaning "pliant" or "bendable." The word “Witch Hazel” has been primarily used used in England as a synonym for Wych Elm, and American colonists extended the name to the new shrub. There is also reason to believe the name was given from the use of the twigs as divining rods, in a way that hazel twigs were used in England, according to folk legends, this may also be where the “witch” part of Witch Hazel comes from. Now that you have your history lesson, many people throughout the last few centuries have discovered innumerable health applications for this wonder-plant, and the benefits of Witch Hazel are being utilized more and more by everyone from doctors to athletes. It is known as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, astringent, and a natural topical ointment that can be used for a wide range of issues such as treating cold sores to reducing wrinkles. Here are 10 healthy benefits of using witch hazel for your everyday needs.