Dried birch bark is used to make a tea with a wide range of uses.
Native Americans used (and still use) birch bark to relieve headaches and the pain associated with rheumatism. This is just one of the numerous possible uses for birch bark.
- As a natural pain reliever and herbal anti-inflammatory, birch bark has been used for arthritis, boils, fever, gout, and kidney stones.*
- The diuretic properties of birch bark help remove excess water from kidney-bladder system, which makes it a suitable tea during urinary tract infections.*
- Compounds in birch bark act as a diaphoretic; that is, they encourage perspiration to remove toxins through the skin.*
- The tannin in birch bark helps treat stomach and intestinal problems, such as diarrhea and dysentery.*
Natural Replacement for Aspirin*
The glycosides found in birch bark break down into methyl salicylate, which is an active component in aspirin. Thus, this herbal remedy provides a natural replacement for the pain-relieving and blood-thinning effects of aspirin.
When used topically on the skin, birch bark eases the pain of bruises, burns, and minor wounds.