Birch is used against arthritis, rheumatism, hair loss and skin rashes. It promotes slight perspiration as it is a mild diuretic. Aids in purifying blood. The Salicylate (the compound found in aspirin) in birch bark have been used effectively against warts. These Salicylate can also ease sore muscles or joint pain when applied externally. Salicylate deters the body’s production of certain prostaglandins that are linked to inflammation, pain, and fever.
The Birch wand is used in many cleansing rituals. A symbol of rebirth, renewal, and diligence. Some use the Birch wood to aid in the calming of emotions. The bark of the Birch tree helps to heal wounds and burns.
Many European communities use or have used, birch twigs to expel evil spirits. Some cultures utilize birch rods in rituals designed to drive out spirits of the old year. The Birch tree is controlled by Moon influences to include; birth, Lunar spells, healing, and protection.
Birch wood by tradition has been linked to youth and new beginnings. Birch wood is used in rituals that signify a new start of any endeavor. Birch twigs have been used for fertility spells of cattle and newlyweds. Birch twigs fashioned into a besom (broom) will sweep away unwanted influences and negative energies. Birch wood charms are often placed above the entrance door to protect the home.
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