Birch Leaves: Since ancient times, Great Russia has been associated with a wonderful tree – a birch. Poets dedicated poems to her, girls on holidays led round dances around the white-trunked beauty, and healers believed in the mighty properties of birch and considered it a tree that gives a person strength, healing, and peace of mind. And until now, for most people, birch is a favorite tree.
Mushroom pickers also have a good relationship with birch, because many mushrooms, beloved by many, grow at its roots – porcini, boletus, volushki. So it was not in vain that birch won such universal recognition: in addition to grace and refined beauty, this tree carries tremendous healing powers and gives people deliverance from many ailments. The benefits and medicinal properties of birch leaves are known to many herbalists who successfully and effectively use them in treatment.
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The miraculous powers of birch are recognized by both traditional and folk medicine, and birch leaves, buds, tar (the famous Vishnevsky ointment) and the well-known activated carbon are used to heal from various diseases.
Medicinal properties of birch leaves
Birch leaves are truly a storehouse of useful natural biochemical components, vitamins, micro- and macroelements . Few people know that there is more ascorbic acid, i.e. vitamin C, in birch leaves than in rose hips or lemon. And nicotinic acid, which is not found in every plant, helps the body keep metabolism under control, which specifically affects the regulation of body weight.
The main, generally accepted properties of a decoction of birch leaves are as follows:
- gently removes phlegm from the upper respiratory tract, eliminates cough, facilitates breathing;
- possesses antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties, contains natural antibiotics in large quantities, therefore it is effective for diseases of the upper respiratory tract, influenza, acute respiratory viral infections, acute respiratory infections, colds;
- strengthens the immune system, which, in turn, increases the body’s resistance to various diseases, helps fight all kinds of infections and inflammatory processes.
But not only these qualities are possessed by birch leaves. Their benefits are much greater than is commonly believed. The healing properties of birch leaves are aimed at ridding the human body of other harmful ailments. A decoction prepared on their basis:
- fights against helminthic invasions, destroying and expelling parasites from the body;
- removes harmful toxins and toxins, cleansing the circulatory system;
- gently eliminates diarrhea, improving bowel function in general;
- normalizes the disturbed metabolism, on which the unwanted increase in body weight depends;
- has antiseptic properties, which contributes to the rapid restoration of the skin and tissues after damage;
- has a hemostatic effect, which, in turn, helps the rapid healing of cuts, wounds, ulcers;
- helps in the treatment of prostate diseases;
- helps in the healing of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, promotes a rapid digestive process;
- relieves by rinsing inflammatory processes in the oral cavity, eliminating diseases of the mouth and throat;
- eliminates some female diseases and helps relieve gynecological inflammatory processes, being used for douching;
- strengthens and cleanses blood vessels, making them strong and elastic, providing unhindered permeability;
- strengthens and calms the nervous system, increases stress resistance, relieves nervous excitement;
- improves the performance of the heart muscle, having a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system as a whole;
- is a powerful diuretic, activating the urinary system.
For cosmetic purposes, birch leaves have also found their application: for example, you can wipe the skin of your face with a decoction , and also make lotions out of it . This improves the general condition of the skin of the face, promotes drying and, in the future, the complete disappearance of unpleasant youthful acne, if their appearance is not caused by internal diseases.
It is good to rinse the hair with a decoction of the leaves after washing , this makes it shiny, beautiful, viable, strengthens the hair follicle, and prevents hair loss.
Birch leaves: contraindications
Birch leaves, rich in their internal biological components, can be called unique in terms of the possibilities of therapeutic and prophylactic use, since they do not harm the body and have practically no contraindications. However, they should not be taken when:
- pregnancy (use only in consultation with a gynecologist);
- children under 12 years of age (use only in consultation with a pediatrician);
- individual intolerance;
- chronic liver and kidney diseases, especially during an exacerbation.
Collection of herbs with birch leaves
With a properly selected composition of medicinal plants and the combined healing properties of herbs, decoctions can be prepared that will enhance and accelerate the healing effect.
- Birch leaves, coltsfoot, medicinal chamomile (pharmacy). The combination of these three plants has a preventive and healing effect in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, relieves physical fatigue, strengthens sleep, improves the functioning of the bile ducts, liver, has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial effects, etc.
- Birch leaves, immortelle, calendula. This collection has bactericidal, antipyretic, choleretic, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, eliminating skin diseases and other actions.
- Birch leaves, immortelle, medicinal chamomile (pharmacy). The herbal collection of these three amazing gifts of nature has such effects as antibacterial, choleretic, diuretic, normalizing metabolism, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, improving the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, etc.
- Birch leaves, immortelle, tansy. The collection of these three herbs is especially effective in the treatment of various kinds of helminthic infestations and lamblia, and will also have a positive effect in the treatment of diseases of the liver, intestines, biliary tract, hepatitis, in the elimination of gas and constipation, to strengthen the immune system, etc.
- Birch leaves, St. John’s wort, common yarrow. The combination of these herbs helps in the treatment of diseases of the stomach, liver, and kidney inflammation. It will help in the fight against helminthic invasions, soothe the agitated state of the nervous system, strengthen sleep, increase the efficiency of the immune system, etc.
Birch leaves: how to brew properly
The need for use, dosage and frequency of taking a decoction of medicinal birch leaves should be determined by the attending specialist doctor. But when buying herb in pharmacies, you can read the instructions for using the medicinal plant on the package. There are generally accepted application rates and doses.
Four tablespoons of birch leaves are poured into a container, preferably a thermos, 200 milliliters of freshly boiled water is poured, tightly closed with a lid and insisted for two hours.
Take the broth inside, warm, 1/3 of the volume received, three times a day, 15-30 minutes before meals. The resulting amount of broth is calculated to be taken during the day.
When brewing a favorite and daily herbal collection, you can also add birch leaves in small quantities. Like other herb, they will have not only curative, but also preventive effect. The main thing is to understand which plants and in what quantity can be brewed as an herbal drink. It depends on the individual condition of each person.
We draw your attention to the fact that it is advisable to eliminate any problems on three levels: physical, energetic and spiritual . The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided, based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine, should be considered as helpful, but not as a panacea.