Bulk Birch Bark Cut & Sifted

Betula alba
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[ 292 ]Betula alba

Birch Bark Cut & Sifted

1/4 Pound:  $6.57 Pound:  $14.61 buy now  

This European species of tree gets its name from the Celtic word betu and the Latin word alba, which mean "birch" and "white," respectively. The bark contains several active compounds, including a triterpene called betulin that gives the bark its white or silvery color and protects the tree from pests and the sun's UV rays.

The dried bark is used to make topical skin products and to make teas and extracts.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound6
originunited states
flavonoidsmainly Hyperoside; Luteolin; Quercetin Glycosides.
plant part usedbark
processingcut & sifted
why buy cut & sifted birch bark?Has culinary and cosmetic uses.

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container away from direct light, heat and moisture.
appearance & aromaLight colored and woody in appearance, with a slight camphorous aroma.


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cosmeticInfuse for use in shampoos and hair rinses, or powder for use as a natural tooth powder. Birch bark is also used to make topical skin care preparations.
decorativeLends interest and texture to potpourri on display.
culinaryAdd to tea blends.
safetyThis herb contains salicylates and may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to aspirin.

flavor profile

cut & sifted birch bark

Slightly camphor-like flavor that makes other herbs more palatable.


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what else you should know

cut & sifted birch bark

North American natives used birch bark for numerous purposes. The bark was used as a form of paper, to make musical instruments, children’s toys, hunting and fishing gear, and as an element in decorative beadwork. The bark was also used to construct vessels for holding and storing foods and even entire canoes.

The main constituent in birch bark, betulinic acid, is named after the trees botanical name. Although 18th century Native Americans couldn’t have been aware of presence of this anti-inflammatory compound, they showed European settlers how to make salves and other topical formulations to counter various skin conditions.

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