Birch leaves - 50g

(Folium Betulae pendulae)

Birch leaves (Folium Betulae pendulae) have diuretic effect, helpful in diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, or when "dropsy" in rheumatism and gout. Cleans and disinfects the scalp, prevents dandruff, reduces fat and promotes hair growth...


  1. Description of herb

  2. Healing effects

  3. Preparation and dosing

  4. Side effects

Folk name

European white birch, Silver birch, Warty birch

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Latin (botanical) name

Betula pendula

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Store in a dry place at a temperature up to 25°C

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Description of herb

Birch (Betula pendula) is an undemanding, fast-growing tree, growing to a height of up to 25 m, occurring in our country up to an altitude of 1000 m above sea level. The leaves are triangular, rounded, the edges of the leaves are serrated. A layman can easily confuse it with many species within the genus, such as Betula utilis, Betula pubescens, Betula populifolia, Betula platyphylla, Betula papyrifera and many others.

The leaves (Folium Betulae pendulae), collected in May and June, have been used in folk medicine since ancient times. In Russia, birch sap is obtained in early spring by cutting the trunk, in our country this practice is not allowed.

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Healing effects

Birch leaves have a diuretic effect, so they are used mainly for diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract or for "wateriness", but they are also used for rheumatism and gout (in tea or baths). Birch juice has proven effective in rheumatism and renal insufficiency and also serves as a hair treatment.

The birch leaf can also be used externally. It cleanses and disinfects the scalp, prevents dandruff, reduces hair oil and at the same time supports hair growth, elasticity and shine (for rinsing hair). It helps in baths for rheumatic joint pain, lumbag and sciatica.

For cosmetic purposes, the leaves are used to prepare healing and disinfecting baths that cleanse the skin, loosen pores and support the skin's regenerative ability, against rashes and excessive sweating of the feet.

The leaves are part of tea mixtures with a diuretic, disinfectant and hydrating effect and in a reduction diet. However, increased urinary excretion is not accompanied by renal irritation.

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Active substances

  • flavone glycosides (approx. 2%)
  • essential oil (approx. 0.05 to 0.5%)
  • resin
  • tannins (5 to 9%)
  • vitamin C
  • carotenes
  • organic acids
  • saponins mineral
  • substances
  • betulalbin
  • oil
  • sugar
  • phytoncidal agents

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Anthelmintic, antihydrotic, antiphlogistic, diuretic, anti-rash, excessive sweating of the feet and for nutrition and hair growth.

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Recommended at

  • joint pain
  • lumbago
  • sciatica
  • rash
  • excessive sweating of the feet
  • for nutrition and hair growth

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Preparation and dosing

Diuretic tea - infusion

Preparation: Steam 4 teaspoons of dried cut leaf, boil with half a liter of boiling water and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Dosing: Drink 3 doses a day.


For gastric and intestinal colic, boil 2 teaspoons of dried birch leaves with 1/3 l of white wine. Drink this amount in sips.

Use the decoction in the bath and on the hair as well.

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Side effects

Birch has no side effects and can be used for a long time.

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