Paper Birch (Betula Cordifolia)
Betula cordifolia is a native of the Northern regions of the USA, Eastern Canada, and parts of New England. Also known as the “Eastern Paper Birch” and “Mountain White Birch” this tree was once upon a time the main food consumed by the Incas. The birch sap is considered an excellent and refreshing beverage in Russia, China, Finland, and the Baltic States.
Xylitol is a compound extracted from the Betula cordifolia tree. This is an artificial sweetener, which not only prevents tooth decay but also in many cases showed that it can actually even repair tooth decay.
The oil extracted from Betula cordifolia leaves have excellent astringent properties. The inner bark of the tree has been used since ancient times to fight fever. The sap of the tree is diuretic and the essential oil of this tree is an exceptionally effective astringent.
The young shoots of the tree produce a resin-type substance that is used as a tonic laxative. Infusion from the leaves has been used for treating rheumatism, gout, and dropsy. It has also been used to help dissolve stones formed in the kidney.
The Betula cordifolia bark fights against putrefaction. A decoction of the bark is highly effective in treating eruptions on the skin.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!