The birch is a soft-wooded tree native to northerly climates. The leaves have a pleasant odor but a bitter taste. The leaves are wedged shaped and have a pleasant odor but a bitter taste. Birch trees have a strong connection with the celebration of Beltane. This may be due to the fact that birch trees are among the first to come into leaf, and therefore would have made a obvious choice as a representation of spring. Samuel Coleridge called them the "Lady of the woods", but this may have been an existing folk term of the time.
Birch leaf teas help with bladder and kidney infections by acting as a diuretic, effectively flushing the infectious microorganisms out of the body. For best results, you should also take unsweetened cranberry or blueberry juice.
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