Description:  Tree or shrub. Some have bark that peels off in sheets.  Oval toothed leaves to 5 in.  (13 cm) long.  Cone-like oval fruits are up to 4 in. (10 cm) long and disintegrate when ripe.


Habitat:  Wet areas.


Remedy:  Strong tea made from bark, twigs or leaves is used as a wash.  Gargling tea soothes sore mouth/throat.  Birch works to detoxify the kidneys, bladder stones, gout and rheumatism arthritis along with reducing fluid retention it clears up numerous skin irritations and problems.

Birch

Giel Boles, Giel S. Boles