"White birch under my window covered with snow, like silver." These lines from the poem of Yesenin are still on everyone’s lips. As you know, birch is considered a symbolic tree of the Russian land. We all know that birch buds and sap have beneficial and healing properties. And only a few have heard about the miraculous power of birch leaves. The healing properties of birch leaves were known to our great-grandmothers, but there are certain contraindications to their use. This will be discussed in our article.
Birch leaves: medicinal properties and contraindications
Initially, only birch buds were used to prepare herbal remedies. Later, phytotherapists revealed the beneficial properties of birch leaves and began to use them for the preparation of tinctures, lotions, compresses and decoctions. Oddly enough, but the means of traditional medicine on the basis of birch leaves are recognized by many treating specialists.
The component composition of birch leaves is considered to be a storehouse of nutrient, fortified micro and macro elements. What is contained in these leaves? You can list individual components for a very long time, I would like to pay particular attention to individual substances. So, birch leaves contain the following elements:
- vitamin C;
- alcohol-containing and tanning elements;
- essential oil extracts;
- a nicotinic acid.
In view of this composition, birch leaves are valuable plant raw materials for the preparation of medicines.
How are they useful?
Infusions and decoctions of such plant materials have a number of useful properties:
Despite such a wide range of useful properties, most often birch leaves are used to make cosmetic preparations. Russian bathhouse and birch besom is a tradition of our people. Using a broom made from birch leaves, you can clean the skin well, increase blood flow, which promotes cell regeneration. But decoctions of birch leaves help get rid of skin rashes. Due to the anti-inflammatory effects such decoctions are used to treat acne, acne and furunculosis.
Often in cosmetology care products for the skin of the head and hair can be found such a component as a decoction of birch leaves. Indeed, with the help of the active components of this plant substance, the activity of the sebaceous glands can be reduced and the excessive fat content of the skin can be eliminated. Also, birch leaves help to cope with a number of ailments, in particular:
Infusion on the basis of birch leaves can lubricate the armpits to reduce perspiration and eliminate its smell. As already mentioned, infusions of birch leaves have a diuretic effect. With their help, you can eliminate puffiness and clean the urinary tract. It is best to use this remedy of traditional medicine after consulting with the attending specialist, especially if you are taking any pharmacological drugs or are suffering from a chronic illness.
Many doctors strongly advise their patients to use such decoctions in combination with pharmaceuticals. As a rule, the doctor prescribes the dosage and duration of the treatment course. In various cases, the consistency of infusions and decoctions may vary significantly.
Despite all the beneficial properties of birch leaves, they must be applied very carefully. The use of such traditional medicine has a number of contraindications, which is why before using infusions or decoctions you need to consult with your doctor.
Birch leaves in the composition of medicines are not recommended to be taken in such cases:
- with intolerance to any active active ingredients;
- in the presence of chronic kidney disease;
- with the development of glomerulonephritis.
Spheres of application
Broths, lotions, masks and infusions of birch leaves, many representatives of the beautiful half of humanity used as balms for hair. With their help, you can get rid of excessive oily hair, normalizing the secretion of the sebaceous glands.
Recipe number 1: birch leaves for hair
You can choose any means of traditional medicine for hair care. Many girls use pure infusion of birch leaves, and some women add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to the decoction. These components will give your curls a natural shine, elasticity and protect your hair from falling out.
- crushed birch leaves (dry or fresh);
- purified water.
Preparation and use:
- Grind birch leaves with a knife or in a mortar.
- Put the crushed raw material in a container and fill it with purified water.
- Boil the infusion for 20 minutes over moderate heat.
- Rinse the hair with a decoction after the usual washing of the head.
Recipe number 2: down with problem skin
Lotions of your own cooking can wipe problem skin. Thanks to the antiseptic properties of birch leaves, you can cure annoying acne and even out skin tone. To prepare this broth, you can use fresh birch sap. It should not be used in its pure form, since it is too concentrated. Add purified water to it and wipe your face like any other cosmetic.
- birch leaves (dry or fresh) - 2 tbsp. l .;
- boiling water - 200 ml.
Preparation and use:
- Put the dry crushed raw materials in a deep container.
- Fill with boiling water and put on the stove.
- Boil the lotion for 5-7 minutes over moderate heat.
- Allow the broth to cool and then use as a lotion.
- Wipe the skin twice a day. Pre-clean the skin of the face.
There are many more recipes for preparing decoctions, tinctures and lotions based on birch leaves. To ensure that such traditional medicine products bring you only benefits, it is better to coordinate their concentration and duration of administration with your doctor. Do not forget that the pharmacy is around us. Use the gifts of nature to promote health.