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.
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.
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!