Birch is part of traditional rituals around the world. In Serbia, when a bride and a groom leave the house for the church, they jump over a broom made of birch, something that will “cleanse” all evil and spells. It is believed that this custom originated from the ancient Celts who used to live in the Balkans and who mixed with the new Slav settlers. For the Celts, the broom represented a perfect balance of higher powers, because in their belief system it contained male and female energy.
Today we know that birch leaf contains flavonoids, tannins, saponins, phenyl carboxylic acids, triterpene alcohols and vitamin C. What does all this mean? First of all, birch is a strong urinary antiseptic and diuretic. A scientific study conducted by the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP) has proven that birch powerfully cleanses the urinary tract, especially in inflammations, it flushes out sand and kidney stones and is excellent as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of bacterial urinary tract infections. Birch is a diuretic, it accelerates drainage – expelling excess water from the body, it protects digestive organs and has the ability to calm inflammations. It is excellent for infections, cystitis and other inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract and the prostate.
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