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What is Hamamelis Virginiana?

Doctor Hoy's Blog Hamamelis Virginiana AKA Witch Hazel

The ingredient lists for both Doctor Hoy's® Natural Pain Relief Gel and Doctor Hoy's® Natural Arnica Boost Recovery Cream include Hamamelis Virginiana. Let’s break down this ingredient to understand the important role it plays in our formulas.


Hamamelis Virginiana is most commonly known as witch hazel. This type of shrub is native to North America. Historically, the leaves and bark have been used in folk medicine to treat a variety of conditions. Witch hazel has powerful medicinal properties, which makes it an important ingredient in our products.

“I experienced a pelvic prolapse and as a result developed severe hemorrhoids.  I tried multiple ointments and pads but could not find any better relief than the witch hazel found in Doctor Hoy's. Life Saver!!”
Phoebe Morris



People often use our products to relieve pain from injuries involving inflammation, such as arthritis, sprains, strains, joint pain, and bruises. Witch hazel is an ingredient containing potent anti-inflammatory properties. The different compounds in witch hazel have antioxidants to help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize disease. When applied topically, witch hazel can alleviate inflammation.


Witch hazel is usually applied topically because it benefits inflamed, irritated, or broken skin. Research suggests that witch hazel can reduce skin reddening from irritation or injury. Similarly, another study shows that lotion containing witch hazel extract effectively relieved skin inflammation and redness.

Doctor Hoy's Natural Pain Relief Gel and Doctor Hoy's Natural Arnica Boost Recovery Cream are filled with ingredients that promote skin health, such as witch hazel, Vitamin E, and Arnica. This makes it possible to apply the products multiple times each day without worrying about dry skin or irritation.


Witch hazel is a natural astringent. Astringents cause the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues. This unique characteristic allows witch hazel to draw important therapeutic ingredients, such as time-release menthol and Arnica, deep into the tissue for increased healing.

Doctor Hoy's Blog 3oz Arnica Boost and 3oz 4oz 8oz Pain Relief Gel

We are proud to use natural ingredients in our formulas, such as witch hazel, to help relieve pain and increase wellness! Engaging the medicinal properties of different plants within our formulas makes Doctor Hoy's products safe and effective.

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