Well, in our latitudes there is a beautiful tree that stands out with its white bark. This is the birch, and in our country there is a type of white birch. If a person who maintains his/hers good health and takes care of it has not heard of birch bark, or buds then they have missed a lot. That is why each of us must get acquainted with the properties of this healing gift from Nature.
This gentle-looking but resistant tree, which can withstand temperatures up to 35 degrees belowzero and is highly moisture-loving, it is also a herb with many healing properties. Birch leaves, bark and buds are used in folk medicine. Their benefits are due to the chemical composition of birch. The individual components contain various useful substances and they are used for various health purposes.
One of the actively used parts of white birch are the buds. Birch buds contain 4-6 percent essential oil with - this is betulin. It is obtained by distillation and is a thick yellow liquid with a pleasant odor. It is used in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and all kinds of chronic skin problems.
Birch buds are used to obtain various types of extracts from the useful ingredients of the buds.These are decoctions, tinctures, infusions, oils, tea.
Tinctures and decoctions of the buds of the tree are used for gastritis, ulcers, rheumatism, gout, as well as for various skin irritations. Birch buds are also mild in chronic eczema. Baths are made with an extract from them.
The main action of the herb is diuretic (increased urination). Along with it goes the diaphoretic (sweating). It is believed that the diuretic effect is mainly due to the resinous substances and this has made birch buds very popular because of the richness of resins.
The healing tea, made from birch buds is not the most popular herbal drink, but birch bud tea is also good for colds. If taken at high body temperatures, it leads to profuse sweating. In case of upset stomach iis also good to drink a tea from the birch buds and only steamed birch buds are used for a treatment of a hair loss and skin diseases.
Strengthens our immunity
Birch leaves can be consumed in the form of tea to help strengthen the body's immune system.The leaves have antiviral and antibacterial properties that help the body protect itself from infections and speed up the recovery from such.
For better digestion
Drinking a few cups of birch tea, prepared with the leaves and bark, can help stimulate the digestive system and improve overall digestion. Due to its anti-inflammatory action, it is very effective in relieving upset stomach. The tea can also be used to relieve cramps, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Like many herbal teas, birch leaf tea can help you sleep well if you take a cup or two before bed. For more serious sleep problems, it may not work, but if you're just feeling tense, it's worth a try.
Preparation and dosage
Birch leaves and birch bark can be taken in teas and rubbed in as an oil to relieve pain.
white bBirch bark helps relieve muscle pain when applied externally, with the fresh, wet, inner side ofthe bark applied to the skin.
The essential oil should be used only in small quantities and should not be taken internally.
In the form of herbal tincture intake is about 20 drops 3 times a day, dissolved in a glass of water.
Remember that consultation with a specialist is truly recommended for people with allergies.
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