--><%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Birch
 
  BIRCH   
 

powered by FreeFind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Betula alba)
Common names: Beithe, Bereza, Berke, Beth, Bizzon, Bouleau, Canoe Birch, Lady of the Woods, Paper Birch, White Birch.
No photos available yet    
     
Parts Used: Bark, leaves, oil. Methods Used: Water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: A Druid Sacred Tree also known as "Lady of the Woods."

To bring your true love to you, cast the bark into a running stream or other moving water while entreating the Birch with your request.

Burn the bark and send your prayer with the smoke.

Physical Uses: Native Americans tapped the birch for its sap; extracted Oil of Wintergreen from the inner layer of bark; made medicinal washes and teas from the bark and leaves.

The teas were used for rheumatism, to ease urinary stones, to calm upset digestive systems and as a general tonic. Mildly sedative, the tea is said to aid in sleep.

Believed to be effective for various skin problems.

 
 
 
 
     
Homepage
Introduction | Gen'l Info | Herb Index | Herbal Prep | Glossary | Herb Shop | Site Map | Messages | Privacy Policy | Credits  
Copyright © Rittiman Associates 2003, All Rights Reserved