Birch: tree characteristics, herbal tea leaves, charcoal

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What are the characteristics of a birch tree, what is the use of an infusion with its leaves and uses of the charcoal extracted from the bark of the trunk.


What is birch used for

A widespread tree in the Alpine valleys and in the Apennines, birch develops up to heights between 15 and 30 meters.

Characterized by a whitish bark, which easily detaches in large and thin laminae, it has particular leaves which, at a very young age, are sticky and have hairs on their edges.


The leaves, when used to make an herbal tea, have distinct diuretic qualities, which allow to increase the urine emissions by 400% without presenting secondary inconveniences.

The charcoal of birch wood has absorbent properties and is used for its beneficial effects in gastrointestinal diseases and in some types of poisoning and putrefaction.

Like the lime tree, birch coal is also useful when used as toothpaste.


To make an infusion you need 10 grams per liter of water, to which you must add 2 grams of sodium bicarbonate.

The charcoal from birch wood is used in powder form as an absorbent and as a toothpaste.

Birch trees are also grown as ornamental plants, given the elegance of the foliage and the particular white-opaque black-speckled bark present on the stem, especially to embellish parks and public gardens.

In forestry they are widely used for the consolidation of landslides and for the reforestation of areas used for grazing.

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