In Sweden we grow up surrounded by birch trees. They are found in the forest, alongside the roads and in our gardens.
I used to peel off the bark as a child and let the thin texture of the bark layers run through my fingers, smelling it’s woody scent.
I never knew then that the birch tree had such healing properties.
We also used to decorate our homes with the green birch branches during traditional Swedish celebrations, such as school graduation and midsummer. Both occasions fall in the early summer when the birch trees are in full ‘bloom’.
Yet little did I know that The Birch Tree were used for ‘cleansing’ practices, both physical and spiritual, in the old Viking Times. The Birch Tree was also described in ancient Nordic mythology as representing purification, renewal, cleansing, and vitality.
Birch Water has been found to be highly detoxifying for the body. The sap contains powerful diuretic properties that flush out excess water and toxins from the liver and kidneys. Leaving you feeling slimmer and refreshed. It’s been suggested to drink ¾ Cup of Birch Water on an empty stomach for 4-6 weeks for a great cleanse.
The sap contains micronutrients unique to the birch tree, which strengthen the immune system and help fight colds and infections.
The diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties in birch water reduce swelling and can help ease conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The medicinal properties of the birch water stimulate the digestive system and aid with better digestion and elimination.
Birch Water contains a significant amount of manganese,which is a natural source for balancing hormones and relieves PMS symptoms.
The birch tree has been around me all my life but it only now that I’ve learnt about its powerful healing properties. From now on I will make sure I include Birch water in my regular detox and cleansing routines.