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Winter | Birch


Meet Birch a medium size tree with silvery white paper bark and catkin flowers, small leaves that turn yellow in autumn Birch is found on heathland, moorland and mountainsides, as well as on dry, sandy soils

You might know some of her other names such as downy birch, white birch, moor birch or Betula Pubescens



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Our first medicinal tree is birch

shown here is the beautiful silver birch

we can see the characteristic silvery-white bark 

which peels off into thin papery strips

and the old dried catkins, or female flowers

still lingering after the summer

Birch is much prized in the freezing climates of the far north

for its ability to stimulate  circulation to the skin

and keep the skin glowing and fresh looking  through brutal winters

In Russia and Sweden, the small twigs of birch

with or without leaves still on

are collected and bound together to make a 'whisk' or 'broom'

People use this to gently beat against their skin, usually in a sauna

this increases blood flow to the surface of the skin

You could also just throw the twigs (with or without leaves)

into a hot bath and let their stimulating properties

infuse into the water and into your skin while you relax and soak