Birch Buds: Great Russia is rich in beauty and diversity of its nature, but the white-trunked beauty-birch deserves the highest recognition and respect. Walking through the birch forest, it is so pleasant to snuggle up to the white trunk of this wonderful tree, to admire the beauty of its branches and green leaves.
And what mushrooms grow in birch forests: porcini, boletus, volushki, milk mushrooms! Well, how can you not love this wonderful tree?
In Ancient Russia, Slavic peoples believed in forest spirits, whose goddess was Bereginya, and worshiped her in the form of a wonderful tree – a birch. Many Russian poets sang this white-barrel beauty in their poems.
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But the point is not only the grace and refined beauty of birch, it has unique properties in terms of healing the human body from many ailments.
In folk medicine, birch leaves, birch buds, birch tar (the famous Vishnevsky ointment) and the well-known activated carbon, which is also made from birch, are used to cure various diseases.
Birch buds are so widely used for medical purposes that they can be bought in any pharmacy retail chains at an affordable price and without a doctor’s prescription.
There are contraindications, a specialist consultation is required
Birch Buds: Medicinal Properties
Birch buds are used for medicinal purposes both by official (evidence-based) and folk (healing) medicine. As a medicine, they are appreciated not only in Russia, but also in European and Oriental medicine.
How are birch buds useful for the human body?
Due to the large amount of nutrients (ascorbic acid – vitamin C, fatty acids, sugar, selenium, resinous substances, flavonoids, essential oils and much more), birch buds are unique in order to use them against various kinds of diseases, as they have the following positive effects on dynamics healing:
- gently relieve disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, improve its work and facilitate the process of digestion;
- relieve inflammation of the liver and biliary tract, help remove bile from the body;
- improve the work of the pancreas;
- accelerate the metabolic process, which has a beneficial effect on the elimination of excess weight;
- eliminate inflammatory processes in the kidneys, have a mild diuretic and decongestant effect.
Properties of birch buds when used during colds :
- have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial properties, therefore they are effective in the treatment of influenza, acute respiratory viral infections, acute respiratory infections, colds;
- have a thinning and excreting phlegm, antitussive effect, which greatly facilitates and improves respiratory processes in bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, asthma;
- enhance the process of sweating, which has a positive effect in the treatment of colds;
- are a mild antipyretic agent, which improves the general condition of the human body during the period of illness.
The benefits of birch buds
- They have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the prostate gland in men, relieving inflammatory processes, and improving the functioning of the male reproductive system.
- They normalize hormonal levels in women, stabilize the menstrual cycle, relieve painful cramps during menstruation.
- Relieve pain and relieve inflammation in the joints with rheumatoid arthritis (in the form of lotions).
- Help in getting rid of parasites (roundworm, lamblia, pinworms), harmful microorganisms.
- They prevent the occurrence of oncological diseases, and also have a prophylactic effect.
- They help restore the integrity of the skin, healing burns, cuts, wounds, ulcers, relieve skin inflammation and acne.
- Eliminate inflammation of the mouth and throat (by rinsing with infusion).
Nevertheless, it should be understood that you can get rid of the disease if you consult a specialist doctor and follow all his recommendations, including the need to take birch buds, their dosage and the duration of treatment.
Birch buds: contraindications
A popular proverb says: “Everything is good that is in moderation.” Therefore, it must be understood that only with the approval of a specialist doctor, taking into account individual diseases and the doctor’s determination of the dosage for taking birch buds, can the expected positive result be achieved.
It should also be remembered that any plant can have not only positive, but also negative effects on the human body. It has not yet been established that birch buds are harmful to the body when used, but care and caution will not interfere with indications such as:
- individual intolerance and hypersensitivity,
- renal failure
- chronic diseases of the genitourinary system.
How to prepare a tincture on birch buds
There are generally accepted norms for the preparation of a healing infusion from birch buds:
Pour 1 tablespoon of dry raw materials into a thermos, pour 100 milliliters of hot water, close the lid tightly and leave for 3 hours. Then strain the liquid, discard the raw material, and take the resulting infusion 1 tablespoon warm 3-4 times a day.
You can prepare a mixed infusion of birch buds, immortelle, St. John’s wort and chamomile. It is believed that this collection of medicinal herbs prolongs youth, improves mood, cleanses blood vessels and the body as a whole.
To do this, mix the above medicinal plants in equal proportions, then pour 1 tablespoon of the mixture into a thermos, pour 500 ml of hot water into it, close it tightly with a lid and leave for one hour.
Strain the infusion, if desired, add a little honey and drink 1/2 of the infusion before bedtime, and drink the rest in the morning on an empty stomach, but always warm.
In case of skin diseases, an infusion is made from birch buds, only more concentrated (with a large addition of dry raw materials), and applied to the affected areas on the skin, as it effectively relieves inflammatory processes.
Similar procedures are carried out for arthritic diseases .
Interestingly, some culinary experts use young birch buds when preparing vegetable salads, as they have a peculiar flavor and give vegetable dishes an aromatic spicy taste.
Cosmetologists also paid due attention to the beneficial properties of birch buds. Birch buds help not only in the treatment of diseases. Due to the large amount of vitamins, macro- and microelements, the infusion of them is also effective for cosmetic purposes.
If you wipe your face and décolleté with a freshly prepared cool infusion, gradually fine wrinkles will be smoothed out, and the skin will acquire a beautiful, youthful, toned appearance.
Rinsing hair with a warm decoction of birch buds after shampooing will not only give the hair a beautiful, healthy, shiny look, but will also strengthen and enhance hair growth, strengthen hair follicles, which will prevent hair loss and premature baldness.
It also helps to eliminate dandruff and restore the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands, which, in turn, will eliminate the oily shine of the hair.
We draw your attention to the fact that it is advisable to eliminate any problematic at three levels: physical, energetic and spiritual. The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery.
The information provided should be considered as capable of helping based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine with the help of the multifaceted action of herbal remedies, but not as a guarantee. Consult with a specialist (doctor) beforehand.