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Birch: properties, health benefits and contraindications to its use.

What is birch? Birch , Betula pendula or Betula alba , a tree native to Eurasia, characteristic for having a silver bark. For medicinal purposes , birch sap and leaves are used mainly and to a lesser extent its bark and shoots due to its properties and health benefits .

In this article you will find information about the properties of birch , benefits of consuming birch and uses in home remedies , how to use birch in external and internal use and the contraindications of birch .

Among the active principles of birch we can highlight its content in essential oils, flavonoids such as quercetin, carotenes, tannins or vitamin C. These active principles are what will give this tree its characteristic therapeutic qualities. Birch stands out for being one of the trees that has been used the most in the pharmacopoeia and traditional medicine for centuries due to the variety of uses it has. .

 

Medicinal properties of birch

The compounds that are part of the birch provide it with very beneficial characteristics for health due to its medicinal action:

  • Antifungal
  • Purifying
  • Astringent
  • Healing
  • Painkiller
  • Diuretic
  • Antihemorrhagic
  • Febrifuge
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic

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Benefits of birch consumption and use in home remedies

birch properties Birch for a headache. For cases of headache such as migraine or migraine we can resort to birch infusion and apply birch infusion compresses directly on the head. This is one of the many home remedies for headaches that nature offers us.

Birch for edema and fluid retention . Due to its ability to stimulate urine production and eliminate excess fluid from the body, birch is a natural remedy for cases of fluid retention and edema due to its diuretic action. It is taken for internal use making an infusion with the leaves. .

Birch for hair loss . It is a traditional remedy to prevent hair loss, strengthen it and improve the health of our scalp. You can make this homemade birch tonic  that is very easy to make and helps us to get stronger hair.

Birch for fever . One of the medicinal uses of birch is febrifuge, that is, it has the ability to reduce fever. In this case, it can be prepared as an infusion and taken little by little when it is at room temperature.

Birch for urinary tract infections . One of the most common and traditional uses of birch is to prevent or treat urinary tract infection such as cystitis or bladder infection, urethritis or urethral infection, kidney infection and infection of the ureters (less common). The diuretic action, added to the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect, improves infections in a natural way by drinking birch infusion.

Birch for drop . For people with high uric acid or hyperuricemia, the use of birch is recommended for its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and diuretic effect, that is, birch increases the elimination of uric acid that accumulates in the body, reduces pain and inflammation. Birch infusion is taken for these cases.

Birch for the skin . For skin ailments such as eczema, hives, boils, abscesses or wounds, the birch infusion is applied directly to the area to be treated or taking birch baths are also effective. The antiseptic, healing and anti-inflammatory effect of this medicinal tree is of significant relief and improvement for this type of ailments.

Birch for the kidneys . Birch is considered one of the best natural remedies to take care of the kidneys and keep them healthy. It is even used for kidney infection or pyelonephritis because it is antiseptic, to prevent and treat kidney stones because it is a diuretic and renal colic because of its analgesic action. .

Birch for osteoarthritis, arthritis and rheumatism . For this type of ailments, birch is used for both external use (baths, compresses, plasters) and internal use (infusion). Thus we will be taking advantage of the properties that birch has to relieve pain, inflammation and thus improve the mobility of the affected area.

Birch as a cleanser . It stimulates the function of eliminating toxins such as heavy metals from our body and other waste products that circulate through the blood through the urine. In this case it is used internally by taking the birch infusion.

Birch for aches . Both for muscle, joint, neuralgia, tendon or bone pain, we can use birch internally and externally to reduce pain caused by trauma, poor posture, injuries, etc.

How to use birch

Internal use of birch : Prepare an infusion with birch leaves. One teaspoon of dried birch leaves is used for every 200 ml of hot water. Let stand for 3 minutes and then strain and drink when it has cooled a bit.

External use of birch : for topical use it is included in infused oils, tonics (such as the one prepared for the hair) and homemade creams. You can see these recipes for home remedies and substitute other plants for birch. Birch essential oil is highly concentrated and is recommended for use only under the supervision of a professional.

Birch contraindications

The use of birch is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.

Birch infusion should not be taken for more than 2 weeks in a row.

Birch is not compatible with drugs with anticoagulant action.

It may be contraindicated for people with irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis.

This is general information about the properties and uses of birch, if you want to know how you should use it in your particular situation, you should go to a health professional who can advise you what is best in your specific case based on your personal needs.

 

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