... In English-speaking countries, particularly the United States, "Hazel" is the most common name for witches in comics or fantasy stories. The attribution of the name "Hazel" comes from the fact that the Celts considered the hazelnut a magic tree. A symbol of wisdom often used in their divination rites. ... The hazelnut tree has always been a magical tree for the rural culture. Its bush was the likely haunt of fairies; a bumper harvest was a sign of fertility for the family, while a hazelnut rod was used as a dowsing tool ... Its medical uses are many, the symbol of the god Aesculapius is a hazel branch with a coiled snake. The symbol of today's pharmacists comes from it.. ... the bark, rich in tannin and astringent properties, was used for decoctions or poultices to be applied to varicose veins. Its flowers and dried leaves are excellent bowel regulators and for purifying the vascular system. Powerful energy supplements were obtained from shredded fruits for bronchitis or for making beauty creams for the ladies of the 800 . ... Men, tormented by the problem of baldness, smeared their heads with hazelnut oil. It was also effective against tapeworm (a spoon on an empty stomach every morning). The charcoal was mixed with sulfur and saltpeter to make esplosives..