Birch juice

 

Long time ago, when our Sun was God, people also worshipped the common birch. The white tree was celebrated as a symbol of life, wisdom, and fertility.

Nowadays, thanks to advanced laboratory methods, we know that the magical properties of birch undeniably exist and we were right about its healing power.
Village healers and shamans never needed such evidence. Their knowledge of plants, potions, and ointments was based on experience of many generations.
The properties of birch tree can help with numerous diseases, heal the damages of the internal organs, deal with general weakness and tiredness of the body as well as grievous, difficult to heal wounds and eczema. Birch was used as a remedy for ailments of the soul such as anxiety or melancholy. During the Second World War, the Russian orphans had a chance to experience the life-giving powers of the tree; they were given the rich in nutritious glucose and fructose juice as a substitute for mother’s milk. The main property of birch juice is a general boost of body’s immunity by stimulation of its immune system. Juice, in addition to the groundwater collected by roots, also contains valuable nutrients such as simple sugars, high energy compounds, organic acids, alcohols, mineral salts, vitamins, and probiotics. Thanks to the content of all these ingredients the juice purifies the blood, immunizes, improves metabolism, it has beneficial effects on the kidneys and liver as well as the complexion and hair.

The easiest way to get juice at any time of the year is to buy it in the store. If we want to get the juice by ourselves, we can do it only in the early spring. For this purpose, you can cut the birch twig and drill a hole in the tree. Then insert the tube to the hole and put its end to a bottle hanged below.
One litre of juice can be taken from one tree, and the hole made in it must be then secured with a wooden bung and a garden ointment.
The fresh juice needs to be consumed pretty quickly, usually fermentation starts within 2 or 3 days. This can be prevented by preserving the juice with sugar, pasteurizing, mixing with alcohol, or freezing. However, birch leaves are easy to store, and can be simply collected and consumed in the form of teas. The leaves show a diuretic and saluretic effect and can help in diseases with metabolic disorders, young acne or rheumatism. Externally, they are used for hair loss and psoriasis. Often picked in spring and summer, birch whisks have long been used in Russian banya and Finnish saunas.

Nowadays, it is known that methyl salicylate, which protects against colds and skin diseases, is released during the burning process of birch twigs. Knowing this fact, can you, Dear reader, make a connection between a birch twigs and our all too familiar subconscious image of a witch flying on a broom? Perhaps now, with a proof provided by modern science, it is clear that the hidden messages in old children stories hide in plain sight the secret, magical ingredient of health and beauty power, used by witches and alchemists all over the world to pro-long their life and beauty. After all what makes a witch’s broom fly?

 

 

 

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26 komentarzy

  1. Hi. Very interesting post thank you so much for sharing your healthy ideas with the rest of the internet. I must say you sound pretty convincing, did you try the birch juice yourself? It gets harder and harder to stay healthy and have your body remain free of toxins in nowadays world filled up with fast food lifestyle. This looks promising as a natural way to support my body and free it of toxins. I would like to try some birch juice, wonder what the taste would be like…Do you know where I can buy any and roughly how much would it cost?

    1. Thank you Pav.
      It’s true that being healthy is not easy in a world full of toxins;)
      Drinking birch juice called Sap can be helpful.
      I have been drinking it for a long time, it’s just slightly sweet water. I like to drink juice from my own birches but I also drink birch water from the Holland & Barrett
      https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/treevitalise-birch-water-original-60003013
      https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/treevitalise-birch-water-original-60003013

    1. Thank you and welcome Diverse Deedee:)
      Please do not hesitate too long, now is the best time to start your adventure with birch juice

    1. Hi Anamika. It is a product typical for Eastern Europe
      But I’m sure it can also reach North-east ‚, India;)
      You must try it 🙂

  2. I had no idea that there was juice in a birch tree like this! Now it makes me wonder if it’s been in anything I’ve had without me knowing. I’ll have to take a look and see if I can find some around here to give it a try.

    1. Hi Stephanie 🙂
      Birch is very versatile 😉
      It is very possible that you eat any products that contain xylitol,
      that is sugar obtained from birch.

  3. I can’t believe I have never heard of Birch before! This looks like a great natural remedy, I will be hunting my local trees and hopefully, I can find it!

    1. Thank youAmanda, I also love birches for their beauty and health benefits. It’s good to have some birch in the garden, for sap, leaves and twigs 🙂

    1. Melanie, I am very glad that you found my blog and birch juice;) I hope you will come back for more.
      The gifts of nature are amazing and I plan more of this kind of posts 🙂

  4. I had no idea. Very interesting. I imagine birch „juice” out of the tree would taste similar to maple sap; I wonder what boiling down the birch juice, as one does with maple sap to make maple syrup, would taste like?

    1. Hi Flossie, birch juice is just water that flows out of the trees in early spring.. We do not reduce the sap to form a syrup, we drink it like water.
      It looks like water and tastes like slightly sweet water 😉

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