The American Indians first discovered that witch hazel bark, boiled into a tea or mixed with animal fats into a poultice, has therapeutic qualities. A natural astringent, witch hazel soothes irritated skin and shrinks inflamed tissues, and is a key component of everything from facial cleansers to pore-tightening products, aftershave lotions, and hemorrhoid pads.
Our marigolds and poppies do not ask the existential queries "Why am I here?" or "How did I get here?" And for that we love them. However, if they begin to inquire, here are some short answers.