Witch Hazel for Horses – Top 5 Uses

Witch Hazel for horses is simply amazing (and for people too!). 

I started out as a reluctant user, but it seemed to keep popping up everywhere in DIY recipes.

Once I finally tried it I was hooked! It’s now one my must-have products for around the barn and home.

If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a quick overview:

“Witch Hazel Extract (Witch Hazel) is a clear, colorless distillate prepared from recently cut and partially dried dormant twigs of Hamamelis virginiana Linné, containing natural oils and alcohol”

Witch Hazel for Horses - Top 5 Uses

If you’re curious (or in a hurry):
💲 This specific brand of witch hazel is most popular with my readers, and my personal favorite.

Wondering how I use it? Here’s my top 5 uses!

Witch Hazel for Horses 

Homemade DIY Liniment

Witch Hazel has a natural soothing effect and can be applied directly to the skin without risk of causing burns.

It’s great to use under stable/standing wraps on horses that tend to stock up.

It can also be mixed 50/50 with store bought liniment (which costs a fortune these days!).

For a DIY liniment option you can mix half a bottle of Witch Hazel with half a bottle of Wintergreen Rubbing Alcohol in about 2.5 gallons of cold water.

Stain Remover

If your horse has grass or manure stains you can dab it with Witch Hazel and let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse. It will lift away the discoloration without over drying your horse’s coat.

Itch Reliever

Because of its anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties, Witch Hazel provides instant relief when applied to bug bites. My horses love to have the inside of their ears wiped with it in the summer.

Treat Bruises

Witch Hazel is very useful for reducing the swelling from a blow or collision. Apply a soaked cloth to a bruise as soon as possible for best results. Repeat daily as needed.

Heal Wounds

You can use Witch hazel as a substitute for hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol when cleaning out cuts. Just pour (or dab) a liberal amount of over the wound or sore and allow it to air dry.

Where to Buy it

My favorite thing about Witch Hazel, besides its versatility, is the cost.

It’s incredibly affordable and has a long shelf life. I use Dickinson’s Witch Hazel which is usually less than $15 for 16 oz. I also highly recommend Thayer Cucumber Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera  (Thayer makes an alcohol free version too).

If you have some extra Witch Hazel on hand you can also try my recipes for Homemade Coat ConditionerDIY Grooming Wipes or Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe with Witch Hazel


Here’s a review of the top 5 uses of Witch Hazel for Horses:

  • Homemade Liniment
  • Stain Remover
  • Itch Reliever
  • Treat Bruises
  • Heal Wounds

In case you’re wondering, all of these uses apply to people as well. Don’t forget to bring some home from the barn!

This may seem obvious, but Witch Hazel is NOT safe for internal use.

How do you use Witch Hazel for horses?

Witch Hazel for Horses - Top 5 Uses


  1. judith briston
    September 4, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    i found witch hazel topice very helpful

  2. Renee
    July 29, 2021 / 10:36 am

    Do you have a recipe that is smaller for the linament?

  3. Doreen June Johnson
    July 29, 2021 / 6:38 pm

    Yes i use it all the time. Either in my concoctions for my horse or for first aid in my home.

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