BIRCH (Betula pendula) MORE THAN JUST A TREE
It is an extremely hardy tree that withstands the toughest conditions of climate, soil or altitude. Grows in area of low hills and plains, where bears the heat and drought very well, in the deep valleys where bears the winter frosts or in the mountainous areas where actually clings to the cliffs and resists the strongest winds. In agreement with its extraordinary vital capacity, the birch leaves have very strong therapeutic properties. They have an intense antiseptic (especially over bacteria), are an elixir for respiratory ways (has anti-infectious, expectorants and decongestants properties), for kidney and bladder, as for the skin. They are used with great success for dozens of diseases both internally and externally. Let’s see some further indications of this powerful herb that fights the disease.
INTERNAL: powerful antibacterial (acts especially upon Eschericia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and white, bacterium that causes anthrax), choleretic –medium (causing the elimination of bile), antiinflammatory –good, anti-lizing -very strong (grinds the”stones” in the kidney and helps remove them), urinary and intestinal antiseptic -strong, respiratory antiseptic –strong, increases the vascular permeability, cleansing -strong (helps eliminate especially uric acid), diuretic -good (mature leaves), slightly hypotensive, lowers cholesterol (cholesterol-lowering), slightly decreases blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia), incentive of gastric secretions, bile and intestinal –medium, perspiration.
EXTERNAL: anti-inflammatory -good, skin antiseptic, capillary tonic -good (stimulates growth and favors revival of the hair).
INTERNAL: – kidney and urinary stones – combined infusion. It works especially on the urate lithiasis (breaking the stones and favoring their elimination) and less on the oxalates and phosphates. For uric lithiasis it associates excellent with cranberry leaves (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) and chamomile flowers (Matricaria chamomilla) .- chronic azotemia syndrome – powder. – allergic edema – powder. For a quick disappearance of the edema can be combined with powdered juniper (Juniperus communis) and pansy flower powder(Viola tricolor) .- pyelonephritis (particularly protracted), cystitis – combined infusion. Higher efficiency has the birch tincture combined in equal proportions with juniper beans (Juniperus communis) .- intestinal infections, enteritis and enterocolitis, colitis fermentation and putrefaction – powder. It associates well with bark oak (Quercus sp.) and grass sage (Salvia off.) .- diabetes (adjuvant) cholesterol high values (adjuvant), atherosclerosis (adjuvant) – powder, associates excellent with artichoke leaves (Cinara scolymus), which is combined in equal proportions – gout, rheumatism – combined infusion, acute and chronic bronchitis, laryngitis and esophagitis, cold, flu – powder. Very good results are obtained at – dyspepsia, gastric acidity – powder, taken before meal- various bacterial infections – powder, is adjuvant in treatment with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. For infections with renal urinary location is recommended the combined infusion treatment. – ascites – concentrated combined infusion. Take 3-4 teaspoons at intervals of 1 hour. Extraordinary results are obtained by the association with juniper in equal proportions.
EXTERNAL: – hair growth – the last rinse of the hair after washing it is made with birch concentrated infusion, atonic wounds, infected wounds – disinfect the area with birch tincture, after which is applied a birch leaves cataplasm.
PREPARATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The powder – finely ground the plant with an electric coffee grinder, then sieve through a flour sifter. Take, usually a teaspoon 4 times per day on an empty stomach. The powder is put under the tongue for 10-15 minutes, then swallowed with water. The powder can not be preserved longer than 10 days because it alters its properties.
The combined infusion (prescription to obtain 250 ml.) – 1-2 teaspoons of leaves powder are left to soak in a half a cup of water from evening to morning, when is filtered; keep the macerate, and scald the remaining powder with a half cup of water for 20 minutes, then allowed to cool; combine the two extracts; drink the preparation with a quarter of an hour before meal. Dose – 3 cups per day.
Concentrated combined infusion – is prepared just like the one for internal use except that it will be more concentrated: 2 tablespoons of herb instead of 1-2 teaspoons, and the boiling time during the preparation of the second phase will be 20 min at low heat.
Cataplasm – finely ground the plant with an electric coffee grinder, then mix in a bowl with warm water until is formed a paste that is placed in a gauze and applied on the affected area.
Saponosides from the birch composition can be irritating to the digestive tract in sensitive individuals. In large doses (over 100 grams of leaves consumed in a day) the birch is toxic, producing digestive disorders (inflammation of the small intestine, violent abdominal pain, loss of appetite).
CONTRAINDICATIONS: None known.