Every year, as spring approaches, organic shops praise the detox properties of juice or birch sap. This is not the result of chance: indeed, the birch has diuretic properties, and its use is recognized by the European Medicines Agency.
And eliminating is precisely what we need when, at the end of winter, we feel a little “heavy” and look gray. Birch sap is also harvested in spring, especially in the Hautes-Alpes and the Jura. So now is the right time to take advantage of it!
Birch buds to facilitate waste disposal
They harbor, in their embryonic tissue, growth phytohormones which activate the filtration organs such as the liver and kidneys. Birch buds not only strengthen the body’s purification capacities, but they also facilitate the elimination of the breakdown products of cholesterol (bile acid) and meat (uric acid and urea).
Thanks to this property, they limit the manifestation of rheumatism like gout, and the formation of gallstones or urinary tracts.
The user manual : opt for a glycerine macerate of buds in three-week cures, interspersed with a one-week break.
Birch leaves, to have less cellulite
These are the most used in herbal medicine because they are used to prepare the birch juice. Rich in flavonoids and potassium with diuretic properties, they improve water retention or cellulite problems. Thanks to their salicylated derivatives, they are also anti-inflammatory drugs.“A double action which limits the risk of infection and inflammation of the urinary tract”, says Sabine Mortier.
The user manual :
- in herbal teas, a tablespoon of leaves per bowl, three to four times a day, or in juice or in ready-to-drink ampoules;
- in cure of three weeks always, to renew possibly once, but not beyond so as not to tire the kidneys.
Birch sap, to fill up with minerals
Also called birch water Where “Elixir of life”, the sap is collected in March and April by slightly piercing the trunk of the tree. Its main asset? In addition to being draining, it contains alkalizing minerals : calcium, magnesium, potassium and silicon.
As such, it improves connective tissue, cartilage and bone, and it counteracts excess uric acid (gout). “Diuretic and antispasmodic, it is useful in cases of renal colic, at the rate of one tablespoon every 2 hours in the immediate aftermath”, explains Sabine Mortier.
The user manual : fresh, it is sold in herbalists (from March on the internet), and can be kept in the refrigerator. The recommended dose is 2 tablespoons, in the morning on an empty stomach, for three weeks. It is also found in health food stores: take half a glass to a glass each morning. Note: it is more expensive than juice.
Birch cure: precautions for use
- Warning ! If you are allergic to birch pollen, ask your allergist for advice before drinking its juice or sap.
- As a further precaution, birch is not recommended for children under 12 as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- Finally, it is contraindicated for people who suffer from edema due to heart or kidney disease.
Birch essential oil is anti-inflammatory. That of yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) contains more than 99% of methyl salicylate, a powerful anti-inflammatory present in the massage oils of athletes. But be careful not to be allergic to aspirin !