Birch trees are known for their flexibility, grace, and elegance. Normally when taking a hike in the surrounding woodlands near my home (or often when I am making birch wreaths), I will chew on a birch twig to extract its wintergreen flavor. The taste is exceptionally pleasing and since birch is helpful in soothing arthritic pain, it makes the flavor even more delightful.
Birch bark contains acetylsalicylic acid which is the only active ingredient in Aspirin...interesting huh? For centuries, herbalists and old-timers used birch bark to reduce pain and the inflammation of gout, arthritis and rheumatism.
Birch Bark Tea replenishes vital nutrients much like a spring tonic after a long winter. It can be made with the leaves, twigs, or bark from either red or white birch trees. Birch twigs or bark can be dried and stored if you lack availability to a fresh supply. Simply break, cut, or shave the twigs to release the oils just prior to making tea.
I usually bring home a handful of fresh red-birch twigs from the woods and use them immediately for brewing a cup of hot tea. This tea is very easy to make. Most of all, its wintergreen spicy flavor is delicious. Give it a try and see if you agree.
HOW TO BREW BIRCH TEA
Fill a pint jar with birch bark slivers OR a handful of broken twigs.
Add boiling water and steep for 10 minutes.
Pour off the wintergreen-flavored tea & sip away.
The birch twigs can be reused several times before discarding.
The tea only gets stronger with every brew.
Birch tea can be taken 3 to 4 times per day.
Caution: Avoid Birch Tea if you are sensitive to aspirin or taking blood-thinning medications.
The incredible healing power of herbs is held in a tea cup.
I'll drink to that!