Birch or Betula Verrucosa is a medicinal plant, rather a medicinal tree. Its scientific name is Betula verrucosa, and Betulaceae is the family plants.
They live in most of Spain, Portugal, and in some places in areas above 1000m high.
This medicinal tree is known for a long time. Can reach up to 30 m. tall, the bark is whitish silver.
The younger branches of this tree grow more falls. The end of the branches is the taco pretty rough.
With respect to flowering, we have male and female flowers. They are yellowish green. The male flowers after pollination perform its function onto the floor. The female flowers are preserved and that will be responsible for forming the fruit.
This Medicinal Plant is harvested leaves, and takes place in the spring.
The leaves of this herb should be dried in the shade at a temperature below 40 º C. Also used for medicinal flowers, bark, young branches (falls) and tree sap.
Among the medicinal compounds that have this tree, the leaves can be found in abundance are the flavonoids that give this plant diuretic property. Birch is used in cases of urinary tract infections, such as cystitis, calculus, pyelonephritis, among others.
In addition, the leaves have essential oils such as betulinol, which gives febrifuge actions.
Birch is also a good antiseptic and healing.
In the bark of Betula verrucosa have tannins, which act as astringents.
The sap acts as a diuretic and ant rheumatic, is used in cases of gout and rheumatism.
Recipes from this Medicinal Plant:
An infusion is made from the leaves of this plant. Place 35 gr. Birch leaves in a quart of water. Once the water boils remove from heat and leave the leaves in the boiling water for 10 minutes. Then add 1 gr. sodium bicarbonate to make more emotional this infusion. You can drink 3 cups per day.