Spiritual Uses: Associated with The Moon. Useful for change, renewal, and protection.
Did you know that in Chinese tradition the birch tree is believed to bolster protection, communication and rejuvenation? It’s one of the most important plants in Chinese medicine, thought to improve digestion, immunity, and the quality of your skin and hair. Who knew birch bark was so powerful? Known as the tree of the enchantment in northwestern cultures, the birch tree is called “Lady of the woods”.
Birch bark has the scientific name of Betula pubenscens. Native to the northern hemisphere's temperate and sub-arctic zones, the birch tree's outer layer has had many different uses over the centuries, ranging from writing paper to the manufacture of canoes. In fact, the birch tree was an object of worship and veneration among the pagan Slavs of early Russia, where it is still the national tree.
Like other natural herbs, the bark of the Betula pubenscens or birch tree has many uses.
It is important to understand that simply because something is an organic herb does not mean it can simply be used unadvisedly. Birch bark has no known harmful effects, but it is estimated that as many as 20% of those suffering from hay fever may be allergic to the Betula pubescens' pollen grains. Such individuals should avoid birch bark.
Dried herbs, root extracts, essential oils and even bark of the Betula pubescens can be effective for many things, but it is important to educate one's self before beginning any herbal regimen.
****PLEASE NOTE: Lucero Astral recommends you consult with a qualified/certified Herbalist/Healthcare Practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.