The birch is from ancient times a holy tree. It grows in the temperate latitudes of Europe to the north of Scandinavia. However, the birch is also native to North America and Asia, even to Japan. The birch is today still to be found as a jewelry object at spring festivals. The maypole, erected in many villages, is also a birch.
The birch also plays a major role in medicine. The healing effect of the birch is versatile. It is, among other things, blood-purifying and diuretic. The leaves of the birch, as well as the leaf buds and the juice of the birch obtained by taps, are mainly used:-
- Bladder problems,
- Kidney weakness,
- Kidney stones ,
- Eczema Skin Allergies,
- Hair loss and Dandruff.
The most common application is the tea made from the birch leaves and the birch buds. This has a strong diuretic effect and helps against rheumatism as well as against gout and against metabolic diseases. If, for several weeks, three cups of tea are drunk daily from birch leaves, in some cases even kidney stones can be dissolved.
If you suffer from persistent skin diseases, you can drink a birch infusion, but also use it for ablutions and baths.
For external applications, it is also possible to use baked bark. The juice of the birch is won between March and early May. You drink this juice every day – two to three schnapps.
The birch juice is also suitable for the external application. For example, the hair growth can be stimulated. For this purpose, the scalp is rubbed with birch juice.