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Other Names: Birch, Silver Birch, White Birch, Bouleau, Berke, Bereza, Weeping Birch, European Weeping Birch, Lady of the Woods, Betula Pendula (formerly ALBA)
Traditional Usages: Kidney Stones, Bladder Stones, Gargle for Sore Mouth, Oedema, Birch Leaves tea for Gout, Rheumatism and Dropsy, Used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for Convulsions, Dysentery, Hemorrhoids and Skin Diseases, Urinary Tract Diseases
Resources: Britain, Europe, Asia, Siberia, North America,
Parts Used: Bark, Leaves, Sap, Oil
Administration Method: Ground herb or dry extracts for teas, freshly pressed birch leaves juice for oral use.
Herb Action: Diuretic
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Before taking Birch consult a medical profesional if you are taking Aspirin or Blood Thinning Medications
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