Sweet Birch (Betula nigra) tea
The leaf tea is reported to eliminate gravel and dissolve kidney stones when taken daily for a time, 1 to 1 1/2 cups a day.
A decoction of the leaves is sometimes recommended for baldness;
or try the fresh expressed juice. Mild sedative.
Use a wash or bath additive for chronic or severe skin problems.
The inner bark contains an oil which is sometimes substituted for wintergreen in liniment. Relieves headaches, menstrual cramps, abdominal cramps, gout, dropsy, acne, eczema, pruritis, rheumatism pains, diarrhea, colic, colitis, and dysentery.
The liquid from boiling bark can be used to wash sores and wounds, boils, expels worms. Sap can be taken as a spring tonic or used as a hair tonic.
Beer is often made from the sap of sweet birch.
A type of oil of wintergreen is distilled from the inner bark and twigs.
- recipe below