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The white birch, tree of wisdom

Their slender trunk encourages us to look up to the sky, their white and pearly bark captures the light, even when the weather is gloomy;
There are many legends, beliefs and rituals around this mythical tree, especially among the Lapps, Siberians and Amerindians who worshipped it for its many uses: its rotproof bark was used for tanning, parchment making, food containers and even for building canoes.........not to mention the therapeutic uses and it is no coincidence that the birch tree has become a symbol of light and purity. From the oldest to the most modern, all texts praise its medicinal virtues........ it activates diuresis, allowing the elimination of toxins, fights against rheumatic pains and purifies the skin. Its water ('raw sap') allows a very effective depurative and energizing spring cure. Later, in a video, I will propose you to harvest it in order to enjoy its benefits


   Silhouette: long, elongated tree Height: can rise to more than twenty metres Bark: white, smooth, peeling into thin sheets like marbled paper horizontally with dark grey cracks, mainly at the base for old specimens Leaves: triangular, smooth and fine Fruit : grouped in elongated kittens such as those of the coudrier ( hazelnut tree) Habitat: Well aerated forests Edible parts: water from mid-February to late March, before budding and feel free to add the young leaves to your spring salads Conservation: 3 to 4 days in the fridge for the water; after this period, it becomes cloudy, ferments and becomes acidified


   During the winter, the body accumulates many toxins contained in a richer diet and our body needs a good spring cleaning; if Bear garlic (see the article on the Val de Metz website) and dandelion are among the plants reputed to purify, birch is neglected or even left aside; wrongly What a pity! the therapeutic benefits of birch are nowadays recognized by the medical profession; among the remedies often based on bark, buds and leaves of the tree and the most surprising: Birch water is the raw sap of the tree, drawn from the depths of the earth by its root system; it flows vertically through the sapwood, the living part of the wood and supplies nutrients to the buds; it is harvested by perforating the tree and placing a pipe in the hole formed to extract it. It is a translucent, odourless liquid, with a neutral taste, although some sharp palates will notice differences between the trees; everything depends on the soil, the harvesting period and the height of the sampling (I strongly advise against taking this birch water near ponds, ponds (risk of muddy taste). The most discerning will notice slightly salty or sweet (minute) notes, rich in glucose, fructose, selenium, calcium, potassium, magnesium and many other nutrients essential for the proper functioning of our body SES VERTUS Internally, it acts on the digestive, intestinal, urinary and renal system, it removes toxins responsible for digestive disorders, ulcers, cystitis, cellulite. Count on a 3-week cure for an optimal effect with a fasting glass and 2 to 3 glasses during the day.


   Well, no, because birch brews, drains 5 to 6000 litres of raw sap' (you read it correctly, there is no mistake), moreover on this subject, one advice: never cut a birch in spring, you will have understood why? So it's not the 20 litres or so you're going to take that will hurt it, we'll say it's a simple "blood test": you'll just have to plug the hole after the harvest and of course stop when the first buds start to hatch. Following this article, I'll send you a video with all the necessary details and tools.

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