The Druids were believed to have used the sap to make a spiritual cup for the celebration of the Spring Equinox. As the sap rises in early March, it’s possible to cut the bark, tap the trees and use the sweet liquid collected neat and cold as a water, or as the basis for a birch wine or beer. Ogham Moon Calendar, The Five Trees It contains betulin and a small amount of tannic acid, giving leather durability and protection from damp mould. Batsford 1994, *    Write a promise or a wish on birch bark with the charcoal-like tip of a burned birch twig. *    Carry a birch twig or roundel cut from a branch as protection against malign influences. Get the best deals on Silver Birch Royal Albert China & Dinnerware when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. It has also been packaged to ensure that it reaches you in the best possible condition, filled with flavour and nutrients. If carefully prepared by an expert and taken in tiny doses it’s known as a hallucinogenic flying drug. This shouldn’t be tried though – it is also a fatal toxin! The bark can produce an oil, known as Birch Tar or Oleum Rusci, which is used for tanning and in the specialist book binding industry. Folded and strengthened it was also used to cover shelters and wigwams. At Samhain too (Hallowe’en) when the witches fly, they will get out their best birch wood besoms! Something about silver birch makes me feel safe. The Thirteen Trees *    Use a birchen wand to gain fresh perspectives on old ideas, and to get ideas started when the creative flow is blocked. Goddesses associated with Birch are the fertitlity goddesses of Northern Europe - Oestre, Frigga and Freya – and Venus, the Roman goddess of love, who rules over her. We strongly believe that the higher quality a product, the more benefits it brings - because it's loaded with the right substances. (See my diaryblog for Jan 2012). It can also be made into a cordial, or a hot spiced wine with the addition of honey, cloves and lemon peel. When steeped in hot water, the bark produces a deep tea which many consider to be delicious! In the folk medicine of many countries, birch simples were used as curative and preventative tonics as well as on the skin in ointments and oils. Enjoy this simple silver birch twig tea. $15.31. Asero R. Effects of birch pollen-specific immunotherapy on apple allergy in birch pollen-hypersensitive patients. It is a private Facebook group and a community of foragers, herbalists and plant lovers. Silver Birch Bark Tea, or twig tea, is a pure, refreshing tea which is packed with terpenes and other beneficial compounds. Many of the major pre-christian festivals feature the use of birch wood, bark, leaves or branches.  At Imbolc (Candlemas) in February, the white bark is used to symbolise the return of light along with the candles. Albert Silver birch Restaurant is an award winning 450 seater Restaurant situated in the bushcraft video below ). its.... 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