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BIRCH

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NAME : BIRCH


GAELIC NAME : BEITH, BETH.

 

LATIN NAME : Betula alba.


COMMON / FOLK NAMES : White Birch Canoe Birch Paper Birch Beithe Bereza Berke Beth Bouleau Lady of the woods


MEDICINAL PART : Young leaves Bark


PLACES OF ORIGIN :
Ireland Northern Europe Northern U.S. Canada  

DESCRIPTION : White Birch is a tree found growing to a height of 65 feet in Ireland, the Northern U.S., Canada, and Northern Europe. It has white bark which can be peeled off in horizontal strips. Its leaves are cordate, bright green above and lighter beneath, serrate, and glabrous or minutely hairy. The flowers are borne in male and female catkins, the female developing into seed cones. The sap of the Silver birch tree can be tapped and can then be made into drinks it has a light sweet taste from the sugars wihin it the tree can only be tapped for 2 weeks of the year at the start of march when the sap is rising from the root system into the bark to promote the growth of the new years leaves

 OTHER VARIANTS: Betula pendula Roth - Silver Birch

 

ASSOCIATED FUNGUS: Fly Agaric This fungi has a symbiotic relationship with the silver birch as it merges with the roots of the tree and help it to absorb minerals in exchange for sugars from the tree. 

PROPERTIES : Astringent Diuretic Diaphoretic

 

  Medical Properties of Irish Herbs, Trees & Fungi  

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

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GENDER : Feminine

PLANET : Venus

ELEMENT : Water

CELTIC GODS : Dagda 

CELTIC GODDESS : Banba Macha Druantia

 POWERS : Protection Exorcism Purification

CELTIC MONTH : November

OGHAM LETTER : B beth

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MAGICAL USES
A sacred tree to the Druids.  Birch rods were used for protection spells and to protect the carrier from malign magic and influences.  Twigs of birch were incised with ogham and carried for protection in little pouches.

At the start of any project or journey call on the power of the birch to protect you.  Birch is the tree of new beginnings and new perspectives.

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Magical Properties Magical Powers of Irish Herbs, Trees & Fungi 

 

Stories, Myths & Legends associated with Birch

 

Crith Gablach - Brehon Law Poem

The Green Champions

 

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