A Traditional Natural Drink
Birch water has been a traditional natural drink in Northern and Eastern Europe for centuries. The harvest of birch sap takes place for a few weeks in the spring, when the birch trees come to life. The nutrients stored in the roots over winter are then drawn up into the trunk, bringing new energy to budding branches. During this short period, when the birch trees are full of nutrients, the birch water is carefully tapped from the tree trunk. Only older trees are selected for the harvest, each of which provide up to 10 litres of fresh sap each day.
Historical Use of Birch Water in Traditional Medicine
For many generations, birch water has been used in traditional medicine. Scientific studies about the traditional use of birch sap can be found here: “Uses of tree saps in northern and eastern parts of Europe”