Witch Hazel Aftershave Gel for Shaving Rash

THIS IS NOT EDIBLE. This is a proper old-school aftershave, the kind used by barbers with a red and white pole outside their shops. It combines witch hazel tincture with witch hazel water for maximum effect. Rub on after shaving - it smells fantastic, and the witch hazel can help prevent infection, tighten pores and soothe skin.

Courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Shrubs & Trees
TOTAL TIME: 241 hr 25 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 240 hr
Cook: 1 hr 15 min
YIELD:
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

WITCH HAZEL TINCTURE:
  • 1 3/4 ounces/50 g fresh witch hazel leaves and twigs, or 1 ounce/25 g dried, chopped
  • 10 bay leaves
  • 10 scented pelargonium 'Old Spice' leaves
  • Zest of 4 limes
  • About 2 cups/450 ml white rum (40-percent alcohol or 80-percent proof), to cover
    GEL:
    • 1 3/4 ounces/50 g fresh witch hazel leaves and twigs, chopped
    • 4 sachets vegetable gelatin
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    Directions

    For the tincture: Place the witch hazel leaves and twigs in a jar with the bay leaves, 'Old Spice' pelargonium leaves and lime zest. Pour the rum over to cover and store in a dark cool place for 10 days to 1 month, shaking the tincture every couple of days.

    For the gel: Put the chopped leaves and twigs into a pan, cover with 4 cups water and simmer gently until the liquid reduces to 1/2 cup, about 1 hour. Strain.

    Strain the tincture and measure 1 cup/200 milliliters into a saucepan. Add the witch hazel-infused water, then mix in the vegetable gelatin. Place over low heat, whisking as it thickens. Once thick, take off the heat, and bottle.

    Splash on after shaving, as needed.

    The gel will keep for 4 weeks in the refrigerator. The tincture will keep for at least 1 year.

    Notes

    The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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