A very long time ago, Birch trees were planted around homes (usually in a row surrounding the house to make a 'Birch Belt'), as they were thought to ward of evil spirits and diseases. These trees did a lot more than ward off evil though.
Here are a few examples of the amazing Russian Birch wood handicraft:
|Intricate Basket made of Birch bark.|
|Lapti Shoes made from Birch bark.|
|Birchbark Canoe & Builder Steve Cayard.|
|Birch Tree Bark Pendant Necklace with Amber Stone.|
What about Birch sap? Yup, that is used too. It can be ingested raw or fermented. It is refreshing by itself, and delicious added into many food options (Birch beer, wintergreen flavored candy).
Concentrated birch sap is used to make birch syrup In Russia this tonic is used as a traditional herbal medicine functioning as antiseptic, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching treatment. (source http://lastochka-fromrussiawithlove.blogspot.com/2009/04/birch-symbol-of-russia.html)
You can easily find love for Birch trees all over the world, but especially in many Russian fairy-tales, artworks, songs, and poems.
|T-Shirt & Image by KurochkaClothing.|