Culpeper recommended that birch sap, or juice from the leaves, be used as a mouthwash and also "to break the stone in the kidneys and bladder." Tar from the fresh wood was used in ointments for skin disorders, especially eczema. Birch tea, made from the leaves, was taken for gout, joint pain.
The sap from silver birch - a major source of sugar in eastern Europe - was fermented to make wine, spirits or vinegar.
As birch is able to grow on thin rocky soil, it was one of the earliest colonizers of Britain after the last Ice Age. In ancient times, birch bark not only served as a writing material, but was also used for tanning. Revered as sacred by the Celts, the tree was believed to drive out evil spirits (hence the birching of wrongdoers and the insane). During medieval times, a bundle of birch rods carried before a magistrate on his way to court symbolized both his authority and a means of correction. Traditionally, the twigs were used to make broomsticks.
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