Botanical Name: Betula alba
- English: Common Birch
- Also, known as: White Birch, Cherry Birch, Bereza, Black Birch, Spice Birch, Berke, Bouleau, Sweet Birch, Mountain Mahogany
Habitat: Europe, Northern Asia
Parts Used: Leaves
Birch is one of the most useful, as well as one of the most graceful trees which has been known as the 'Giving Tree' and called the oldest tree in Britain. Throughout history, it has played a huge roll in humans and in the animal world.
Birch is a medium size, an eye-catching tree grows up to 40-60 ft tall. The trunk of this tree is slender and about 35-40 cm in diameter. The bark of this tree is brown, golden-brown, white or yellow, normally smooth in beginning but later this turns to white as a result of papery tissue developing on the surface and peeling off in flakes until the tree gets quite large. The white papery part of the bark is separable into thin layers. This characteristic employed as a substitute for oiled paper and applied to various economical uses. The alternate leaves are simple, wedged-shaped toothed and bright green in color, with pleasant in odor and bitter in taste. Leaves are collected in early summer and in spring.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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