Birch tea is a medicinal beverage made from the leaves or the bark of the plant. It is enjoyed worldwide for its health benefits and also for its tasty flavor.
Birch tea description
Birch is a soft-wood tree, found in the woodlands of cold climate countries, especially in North America and Europe. It is a fast-growing tree that can reach 65 feet in height. The birch tree is known for its silvery-white bark that tends to peel off in layers.
The ‘oil of birch’ has potent properties in the anti-cancer treatment.
Birch is a natural pain reliever with salicylate, the compound found in aspirin.
Birch leaf is a medicinal remedy for various forms of upset stomach.
Birch tea is the resulting beverage from brewing the abovementioned plant.
Birch tea brewing
To make Birch tea from the leaves:
- Place 2 to 3 teaspoonfuls in a cup and pour on boiling water.
- Cover the mix and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.
- Drink the tea about three times a day.
Birch tea can also be made using the bark of the tree:
- Place a teaspoon of dried birch bark in a cup of boiling water.
- Allow it to steep for 15 minutes.
- Drink the tea twice or thrice a day.
Birch tea can be sweetened with honey.
The resulting beverage has a very aromatic flavor.
The parts used for tea are the leaves, twigs, and the bark.
Birch tea benefits
Birch tea has been successfully used to:
- alleviate joint pain related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- combat gout
- fight urinary disorders
- increase urination
- treat melanoma
- help fighting skin breakouts and other dermatological problems (applied topically as a wash or added to bath water)
- soothe sore muscles
Also, Birch tea may help remove excess fluids from the body.
Birch tea side effects
Birch tea is not recommended to pregnant and nursing women. Also, it not advised to people allergic to aspirin.
Birch tea is best known for itsanti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It is also largely used to remove excess fluids from the body.