Birch water is a plant-based drink that is extracted in early spring straight from a tree that is waking up after winter. This can be done until the first leaves begin to develop.
The sap collected in this way can be drunk fresh, right after harvesting. Birch water has a slightly sweetish aftertaste. Apparently, the birch tree has this to itself. It is from the bark of this tree that xylitol is extracted – a ‘sugar’ that is lower in calories and has a lower glycemic index than the one you use in your kitchen every day. Birch water can also be fermented for a few days, then after a few days it takes on a more sour taste.
In Baltic and Scandinavian countries, the properties of birch water have been known for centuries. It is used for headaches, relieves stress and fatigue. It provides the body with many essential minerals, primarily magnesium (improves concentration, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes and depression), manganese (reduces the risk of osteoporosis and supports the nervous system), zinc (excellent for hair, skin and nails), potassium (one of the main electrolytes, giving energy and lowering blood pressure), calcium, folic acid, vitamin C, antioxidants and numerous amino acids
Birch water also works well as an ingredient in syrups, honey, beer or wine. However, it is not only good for drinking, it can also be used as an ingredient in cosmetics and body care products. It has moisturizing and antioxidant properties, promotes collagen production and iron absorption. Additionally, thanks to its vitamin C content, it acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting our skin from the harmful, age-accelerating effects of UV rays.
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