Less than a month before springs new moon: Belus is coming back!

Dear pagan readers,

As spring is about to knock at our doors, and being an herbalist, I wanted to share some tips of my knowledge about the ”spring cure” that Belus offers us each and every times he comes back. Let start with the birch sap.

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Nowadays, you can even find some commercial bottled birch sap in russia and other northern european countries. But personally, I prefer to collect it myself instead of buying it. And I suggest you to do so if you can. Birch sap must be collected once the winter spirits are finally defeated by the reborned summer spirits: Between the first thaws and the start of bud development. First of all, you search for a well growth birch, at least 20cm diameter, to make sure the process won’t hurt the tree and in order to get as much birch sap as possible per day. Then you drill a hole in the trunk, about 1.5cm diameter, and 4cm deep(remember that you’ll have to put a plug in the hole when the dripping’s finished). It is preferable to drill about 50cm from the ground in order to get as much minerals and virtues as possible in the sap. Also, I want to mention that the drill I use for that purpose, I only use for that purpose. You then put a tip or a hose into the hole. Use the container of your choice, may it be a bucket or a bottle, preferably not a plastic or metal container. Ceramic, glass, wood or stone materials(the onyx is the best of them all for such purpose to my knowledge) containers are more suitable. The reason is those materials do not alterate or diminish the medicinal virtues of the sap. Remember that it can be aply to any other plants used for medicine.

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Do not be surprised if you have to empty the container many times a day, you can get many liters in only one day. Take two or three good sip three times a day(morning, noon, evening) for the 1st lunar month of spring. Birch sap is pretty perishable(2-3 days kept cold) but if you want, you can keep some in the freezer for a few months. Birch sap is supposed to possess virtues such as detoxifying and slimming. It is also active in the stabilisation of hyperuricemia and hypercholesterolemia. It also help eliminate intestinal parasites and relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis. It is also fighting water retention and improves the appearance of adipose tissue (cellulite) and improve flexibility. It also stimulates metabolism and detoxify the body gently. It help drainage and elimination of acidic waste from the body (uric acid, cholesterol).  Historically, in the northern forests, men even used birch sap to supplement breastfeeding. It is a perfect tonic to clean yourself and welcome Belus again! Enjoy!

Frederik Blanchett


13 thoughts on “Less than a month before springs new moon: Belus is coming back!

  1. Down here in australia I have two silver birches on my property, are these types good for drilling? As it is high summer here I will have to wait another six months. Thanks for sharing your knowledge frederick.

    • Yes, silver birch is perfect for such purpose. What I’m not sure about because I never experienced it myself, is if the sap is produced in substancial quantity when there is no snow and cold temperature during winter. To my knowledge, it is the ”bear effect”(i.d est: hibernation), the fact that the tree is frozen and then thaw when spring come. If it is the same as the sugar maple tree, you’ll get close to none. If you try it next spring, let me know the result, I’m curious to see what will happen…

  2. ‘Historically, in the northern forests, men even used birch sap to supplement breastfeeding.’

    Did the breastfeeding mother drink the sap, or was it given to the child as a supplement to breast milk?

  3. So, the sap is dripping now… we have spring weather (sunshine, 5-10°C) for one week now, but tomorrow it shall be cold again and even snowfall. I hope it was not to early to start collecting. It doesn’t taste sweet but maybe one has to take a good sip to know? I’ll see.

    • No it is not too early, and the cold temperature and snowfall will lenghten the dripping of sap. When the temperature is getting high too fast(around 15°C) and stay the crude sap(very high in minerals) give place to the elaborated sap(lower in minerals) that drip way more slowly. Remember that unlike Maple sap, Birch sap can be collected all year long, but it is only in early spring that you will get the crude sap which is more concentrated in minerals and medicinal virtues. About the taste, it is not as sweet as maple sap for sure. If you want it to turn sweeter, you have to boil it(it takes a lot of sap) til it turn into a syrup. If you want to try something, boil a poultry of your choice with sliced vegetables and herbs but replace water with Birch sap. That makes a really nice meal.

      • Thank you. My husband has been looking for the sap, and there has been only some sips of it and… it is light yellow. All the photos show colorless sap, why is this one yellow like acacia honey?

        We will try it again when spring really comes (German sources tell to collect it late March-April), maybe we’ll get more then. I have to admit that it makes much fun to do this, so thank you for sharing this tradition with us!

      • The color is normal for crude sap. The sap is clearer(and also less concentrated in minerals) when you collect it from a branch or from higher than 2 meters from the ground. Yellow colored sap is perfect.

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