from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Hamamelis, especially H. virginiana, of eastern North America, having yellow flowers that bloom in late autumn or winter.
- n. An alcoholic solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of this plant, applied externally as a mild astringent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several small deciduous trees, of the genus Hamamelis, having yellow flowers
- n. Hamamelis virginiana (Eastern North America), especially, or Hamamelis vernalis (Ozarks).
- n. An extract of the bark and/or leaves of this plant, used as an astringent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Witch-hazel, and Hamamelis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant
- n. any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion
Just continue to use that soothing Epifoam or line your pad with a couple witch hazel pads and take it easy for a couple weeks.
Toothaches were relieved by applying the hot, aromatic, and astringent leaves of witch hazel the “tooth-ache tree” to the teeth and gums or by applying a hot compress of animal fat and powdered corn.
What does help ease the pain are the tools your nurse will give you—a squirt bottle, witch hazel pads, and Epifoam.