Witch Hazel has long been used as a soothing lotion for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, varicose veins, sunburn and even the tender area of hemorrhoids. It has the same effect as a topical steroid but without the side effects. It can ease the itching and stinging associated with these conditions. Its action is as a vasoconstrictor; it reduces the blood flow to the surface of the skin thus reducing the irritation. You can see that this would help diminish varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Witch Hazel is a native American plant that soon became popular over the rest of the world because of its effectiveness with hemorrhoids. It’s an odd tree/shrub bursting into yellow stringy flowers in the middle of winter. It was popular with native Americans and the rest of the world. There’s a good reason it’s still around. If you have those unmentionables (hemorrhoids), give it a try.