Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
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Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, witch hazel photos, witch hazel article, by Steven Foster

Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, witch hazel photos, witch hazel article, by Steven Foster | Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) | Scoop.it
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Great article that provides background on bontany, history, and current uses.  Also touches on folkore.  Nifty info from this piece:  "wych" as old English word for pliable, is where the "witch" in witch hazel comes from- its pliable branches were often used for dowsing.

Much of the information I wil share was gleaned from this article.

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Witch Hazel: Alice Schertle, Margot Torres, Margot Tomes: 9780060251406: Amazon.com: Books

Witch Hazel

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 A young boy uses a witch hazel branch to make a scarecrow and has a mysterious encounter on the night of the harvest moon.

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This children's book calls on the folkloric properties of witch hazel and her mythic powers.

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Herbarium

Herbarium | Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) | Scoop.it
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If we want to see Hamamelis virginiana in person, we can stop by the Herbarium!

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Witch Hazel by Elizabeth Akers Allen

Witch Hazel - by Elizabeth Akers Allen. The last lone aster in the wood has died, And taken wings, and flown; The sighing oaks, the evergreens' dark pride, And shivering beeches, keep their leaves alone.
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Poem about Witch Hazel audacity to bloom into the cold fall.  Visit the link for the whole poem.

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Witch Hazel

Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills & Cindy Mangsen sing Tom Gala's song, "Witch Hazel." Live at the Eighth Step Concert Series at Proctors Theater, Schenectady, N...
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Witch Hazel, the song.  Songwriter Tom Gala uses the strength of the witch hazel flower as a metaphor for the strength his heart needs.

 

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Witch Hazel - Just Don't Try (1993)

WITCH HAZEL: JUST DON'T TRY (BUBBLEGUM SMILE RECORDS 001 7" 1993) Upon first putting needle to vinyl back in 1993 this song took my breath away. Hailing from...
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Now this I like.

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PLANTS Profile for Hamamelis virginiana (American witchhazel) | USDA PLANTS

PLANTS Profile for Hamamelis virginiana (American witchhazel) | USDA PLANTS | Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) | Scoop.it
A PLANTS profile of Hamamelis virginiana (American witchhazel) from the USDA PLANTS database
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This USDA site provides a lot of the scientific basics you might find in a typical field guide.

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Witching for Water - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Witching for Water - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) | Scoop.it
No matter what the origin, divining or dowsing or witching for water is practiced all over the world and despite scientific ridicule, water witches still flourish today.
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I got off on a bit of a dowsing tangent.  It seems that the "wych" part means flexible, not witch, as in witch craft.  But  water witches or dowsers are definitely viewed with a tinge of the supernatural, so I wonder what the connections between dosing (or divining) and witchcraft are?

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Roller derby tournament review | Royal Windsor Rollergirls

Roller derby tournament review | Royal Windsor Rollergirls | Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) | Scoop.it
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Witch Hazel, also the skate name of a blockers from the Royal Windsor Rollergirls in England (FYI I am formerly known as Ginger Slap of the Boston Derby Dames)

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Witch-Hazel: Nature’s Magic Potion

Witch-Hazel: Nature’s Magic Potion | Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) | Scoop.it
It may not be witchcraft, but witch hazel’s amazing healing properties feel like magic!
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You may question the validity of the Farmers' Almanac as a source, since much of what it contains might be considered folklore, but much of what surrounds Witch Hazel could be called the same.

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extracts of the witch hazel tree help treat a myriad of scrapes, wounds, aches, and bruises

extracts of the witch hazel tree help treat a myriad of scrapes, wounds, aches, and bruises | Out of the Field Guide - The Life & Times of Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) | Scoop.it
Witch Hazel
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"a native shrub worth knowing"

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Dickinson's Witch Hazel "Balance"

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Apparently balance in your skin correlates to balance in your life, all thanks to Sister Hazel.

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Witch hazel- with herbalist Robin Rose Bennett

Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett introduces us to the identification and healing properties of witch hazel. For more information, classes or consultations please...
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She is a great friend.

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Looney Tunes - Witch Hazel' s Vanity

One example of the classic Looney Tunes broadcast from the 1950s. The character is Witch Hazel whose antics are her vanity. These animated adaptations from W...
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The sometimes dark Looney Tunes features a narcissistic witch named Witch Hazel.

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Hamamelis virginiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hamamelis virginiana is a species of witch-hazel native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota, and south to central Florida to eastern Texas.[1]

It is a small, deciduous tree growing up to 6 m (rarely to 10 m) tall, often with a dense cluster of stems from its base. The bark is light brown, smooth, scaly, inner bark reddish purple. The branchlets are pubescent at first, later smooth, light orange brown, marked with occasional white dots, finally dark or reddish brown. The foliage buds are acute, slightly falcate, downy, light brown. The leaves are oval, 3.7–16.7 cm long and 2.5–13 cm broad, oblique at the base, acute or rounded at the apex, with a wavy-toothed or shallowly lobed margin, and a short, stout petiole 6–15 mm long; the midrib is more or less hairy, stout, with six to seven pairs of primary veins. The young leaves open involute, covered with stellate rusty down; when full grown, they are dark green above, and paler beneath. In fall, they turn yellow with rusty spots. The leaf stipules are lanceolate, acute; they fall soon after the leaf expands.

The flowers are pale to bright yellow, rarely orange or reddish, with four ribbon-shaped petals 10–20 mm long and four short stamens, and grow in clusters; flowering begins in about mid-fall and continues until late fall. The flower calyx is deeply four-parted, very downy, orange brown within, imbricate in bud, persistent, cohering with the base of the ovary. Two or three bractlets appear at base. The fruit is a hard woody capsule 10–14 mm long, which splits explosively at the apex at maturity one year after pollination, ejecting the two shiny black seeds up to 10 m distant from the parent plant. It can be distinguished from the related Hamamelis vernalis by its flowering in fall, not winter.[1][2][3][4]

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Probably the first source that many turn to is wikipedia.  Here is the entry for Hamamelis virginiana. This entry differs from the more general witch hazel entry, which covers several subspecies.

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