Medicinal properties of birch leaves and contraindications to their use; folk recipes
Birch leaves, like any other plant, has healing properties and contraindications, which we will tell you in our article.
For quite a long time, people have learned to use plants to strengthen their health, and birch is no exception. Birch leaves are widely used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various ailments at home. Only in this case it is necessary to know how to properly collect birch leaves so that they bring as much benefit as possible.
And it is necessary to collect birch leaves immediately after they turned around and lost their sticky layer. Birch leaves are usually collected in early spring and dried in the bright sun. Of course, you can also use an electric dryer or an oven, but in this case the birch leaves will lose a large amount of useful substances.
And now let’s try to figure out what kind of healing properties there are in birch leaves.
The healing properties of birch leaves have long been seen and taken into service. On the basis of birch leaves, medical preparations and tinctures are constantly being created that help in the treatment of many diseases.
In general, the beneficial properties of birch leaves are quite extensive. Let’s try to consider them in more detail. So, birch leaves are capable of:
provide anti-inflammatory and healing effects;
used as a diuretic;
used as a choleretic agent;
assist in the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
treat sore joints.
Thanks to such an extensive radius of action, birch leaves in traditional medicine are considered to be very valuable raw materials. Of these, you can prepare a lot of different infusions and decoctions according to popular recipes, and we will tell you about the most effective and common ones now.
To prepare a decoction of birch leaves, you need to calculate the dose according to your weight: up to 50 kilograms you need to take one tablespoon of birch leaves, from 50 to 80 you should take two spoons, and after 80 — three spoons of birch leaves. Fill the required amount of leaves with one liter of cold water, put it on a fire and bring to a boil. Boil for ten minutes, and then leave to infuse for an hour. Take this broth should be in violation of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as in violation of the bladder.
Another good recipe suggests the presence of not only leaves, but also birch buds. It is necessary to take 30 grams of both, put in a container, then pour all of this with 500 milliliters of strong alcohol and leave to infuse for 10 days. Take should be an hour before meals three times a day and a half teaspoons. Such an infusion helps to cure stomach ulcers and other problems of the digestive system.
In addition to the healing properties of birch leaves, there are also contraindications. It is not recommended to use infusions and decoctions on the basis of birch leaves in the event that a woman is pregnant or nursing. You should also be wary of treatment if the patient has kidney stones or a gall bladder. In other cases, medicinal birch leaves can only bring benefit.