IMPORTANT NOTE: ALWAYS READ THE ENTIRE LABEL TO MAKE SURE THE MEDICINAL HERBAL PRODUCT DOES NOT CONTAIN SOMETHING THAT YOU MAY BE ALLERGIC TO AND WON’T MIX WELL WITH OTHER MEDICATIONS YOU’RE TAKING.
Little known facts
The birch tree is part of the Betulaceae family.
The birch tree is commonly found in northern temperate climates.
The birch tree may have toothed or lobed leaves. The small fruit that grows from birch trees are called, samara.
Birch bark has been used to relieve headaches as far back as the time of the Native Americans. They would also use the leaves to create teas for treating fevers, abdominal cramps, and kidney stones.
Dry and distil the bark to produce birch oil.
Since it can be a mild sedative, birch can help treat insomnia. I usually have trouble getting to sleep. I usually have too much adrenaline going. But when I started trying birch, I was surprised to find out how quickly I got tired. I was yawning and ready for bed 3 hours before my usual bedtime.
The birch oil can be used to treat certain skin conditions
Poultices from boiled bark can help treat burns, wounds and bruises. I don’t know about wounds or burns, but I noticed how quickly a couple of bruises on my body went away.
Disorders, irritations, ailments, and bodily systems treated by Birch
Arthritis – In case you don’t know what it is by now, let me clarify. Arthritis is when there is serious damage to joints in the body. There are certain kinds of arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis for example can be an autoimmune disease where the body will literally be attacking itself.
Bladder – This elastic organ that collects urine from the kidneys can be host to any number of illnesses and deficiencies; such as, bladder sphincter dyssynergia or the condition that can lead to incontinent urination, Cystitis or the inflammation of the bladder, and Hematuria or the presence of blood in your urine.
Bleeding gums – The gums or gingiva is the tissue that lays over the teeth. This tissue can be host to any number of diseases and deficiencies, including gingivitis (an inflammation of the gums). And, your gums can also bleed from any number of causes.
Boils – Simply put, a boil is a swelling or infection of a hair follicle or sweat gland.
Cancer – This is a disease we’ve all been introduced to in one way or another. But hardly anyone ever tells you how it works. Well, let me explain. Cancer is an unnatural division and propagation of cells. Plus, when you get too many cells growing in one place, they can invade and destroy other tissues. This disease can travel to all parts of the body, and form in many organs; such as, the kidneys, the lungs, the bladder and stomach.
Canker sores – Canker sores or aphthous ulcers are a type of mouth ulcers that can commonly be found under the lip. It may look like a zit, it may feel like a zit, but it’s no zit. Stress, fatigue, injuries from biting are all causes of canker sores.
Cholera – An acute infectious and deadly disease that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, cramps and a great loss of fluids.
Diarrhea – Do we have to describe this ailment? Okay, if we must, we must. Diarrhea is the softening and liquefying of bowel movements. For infants, this ailment can be very dangerous.
Dysentery – If you have blood in your stool, you’ve got dysentery. I bet you wanted to know that one, huh?
Dropsy – Accumulation of clear fluids in bodily tissues or cavities, and an obsolete term to describe many other fluid retaining states is dropsy.
External eczema – It’s a general term for cases of skin inflammation. If you have redness, oozing or crusted parts of your skin, you might just have some form of eczema. Bet you wanted to read all about eczema. I’m cruel, but I’m not that cruel.
Fevers – This should be self-explanatory. But for the sake of argument, let’s go into it anyway. It’s when the body temperature goes rises above the normal 98.6 degrees Farhenheit.
Gonorrhea – A common contagious disease transmitted through sexual intercourse, leading to painful urination, and a purulent discharge.
Gout – If you have gout, you’ve got too much uric acid in your blood. Your joints, especially in the big toes will have painful inflammation.
Insomnia – Simply put, if for whatever reason you just can’t fall asleep or stay asleep, you’re suffering from insomnia.
Kidney problems – Kidneys are the bean-shaped organs used to regulate acid-based concentrations and water balances in the tissues. But this significant organ can be host to any number of diseases or disorders. Problems include scarred kidney tissue, degeneration, abnormally placed kidneys, floating kidneys, stones, and blood deficient kidneys.
Kidney stones – Kidneys are the bean-shaped organs used to regulate acid-based concentrations and water balances in the tissues. But this significant organ can be host to any number of diseases or disorders. Problems include scarred kidney tissue, degeneration, abnormally placed kidneys, floating kidneys, stones, and blood deficient kidneys.
Pyorrhea – A disease of the gums, made obvious by inflammation, causing a loss of bone tissue.
Rheumatism – A term that best describes disorders of the heart, bones, joints, kidneys, and lungs. A symptom of Rheumatism is back pain.
Urinary tract problems – This can be any number of things, including urethralgia in which you’ll experience pain in the urethra or the canal leading from the bladder out.
Expels worms – An example of a worm is the parasitic flatworm.
Herbal First Aide
No home should be without this recipe for an herbal first aide kit.
You must have Aloe Vera. The gel from the plant’s leaves will help in relieving pain, and healing burns and cuts. Believe me, I know this works.
Also, you should have Arnica. Another healing gel that will take the blue out of bruises.
Take Calendula. When taken as a tea, this dry leaf will help clean cuts.
For indigestion, anxiety and insomnia, take some Chamomile in tea form.
You should most definitely take Echinachea if you want to treat the flu or the common cold.
Gingerroot is great for relaxing the stomach, killing nausea, and putting an end to motion sickness.
Keep a bottle of Witch Hazel handy to stop infections, and heal minor burns and rashes.
The Herb Book by John Lust
The Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch
Back to Eden, 2nd Revised Edition by Jethro Kloss & Promise K. Moffet
Children’s Herbal Health by Deanne Tenney
Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook by James Duke, Ph.D
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Nurray, N.D.
Herbally Yours by Penny C. Royal
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. Grieve
Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine by Steven Foster and Rebecca L. Johnson