Birch, the versatile tree of life

The odour of white-trunked birch woods tells the beginning of summer

The birch tree also provides many health benefits.

Birch boughs are traditionally used in sauna (read more about it in Wikipedia). It has a relaxing effect and lowers blood pressure. We provide fresh birch for this.

The active ingredients of the birch bough enter skin from the leaves. Blood and fluid circulation in your body improves. The bough relieves rheumatic muscle pains. A bough dipped in cold water is suitable for inflamed muscles, while one dipped in hot water eases stress pains.

The essential oils of birch affect your body through skin pores and the respiratory system.

You can also make your own shampoo from birch leaves

  • A bottle of water
  • 2dl birch leaves

Fill a bottle with water and birch leaves. Seal and shake vigorously. When the water begins to foam, spread it in your hair and wash as usual.

The birch shampoo leaves your hair shiny and smelling like summer.

A leaf cap for headache

Rinse your hair with cold water. Fill a cotton hat with birch leaves and wear it. On a hot day this prevents headache. Don't forget to drink water!

Birch leaf tea

  • 2 tablespoons of shredded leaves or buds
  • 1,5 dl boiling water

Stew for 10 minutes. Consume slowly during the day.

Note: If you suffer from heart or kidney diseases, it is recommended to consult a doctor before consuming birch leaf tea.

Birch is truly versatile. Experience its healthy effects with your family during your vacation.

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