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Birch Leaf Soap

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posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 09:26 AM
It seems so easy.

Collect the young birth leaves, put in a plastic bag, add cold water ...wait...then add hot water...wait...shake it up...voila, you will release the saponin.

I would assume one could simmer the leaves as well then wisk up the saponin.

I will try to post a vid below.

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posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 09:47 AM
Haha! I like the end where he says (with a disgusted look) that "now there's no excuse for you to stink when you're on a hike."

Thanks a lot for this post- I have a white birch I just noticed in the woods behind my house. I'll make use of it!

posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 09:47 AM
reply to post by InTheLight

Good post.

Birch is a very usefull tree.

The outer bark is great fire lighting material, you can peel of the loose pieces and they will even burn when wet due to the high turpentine content.

You can also tap the tree for its sap a certain time of year. It is a sweet syrop that has antiparasitic, antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties.
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posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 10:24 AM
Kudos to the Birch tree!

posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 10:06 AM
reply to post by InTheLight

Wow soap as well?
The birch tree is awesome and has helped us get to where we are today IMO.
For millenia there was no better known glue than birch tar,which is easy to extract from birch bark if you put it in a container over a fire.
It is what countless peoples of the past used to glue spear and arrow heads with,which helped us become good hunters.
The stuff is still awesome today I think.

Does not come off clothes though-But maybe it would if you used birch soap on it??

posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 05:30 PM
So what do you do after shaking it? It isn't very clear to me going off the video.

Do you have to filter out the water and separate the soap solution?
I'd of thought mashing the leaves and repeatedly soaking would work better...

posted on Feb, 23 2013 @ 04:05 PM
The whole idea is to release the saponin from the leaves, so either from shaking in warm water or, yes, mashing leaves with water in a container. Then how soap works is that you want to create lots of lather, the lather is what adheres to the dirt on your body, leave it on your skin for a little bit, then wipe it off (dirt is wiped off with the lather too), or rinse it off - you can also go jump in a lake (LOL). I also saw a video where an Aussie just grabbed a bunch of saponin-rich leaves (native to his land) and added water, then just mashed it all up in his hands.

This bushman recommends tapping birch trees for both a water source (nature's energy drink) and, if you wish, to boil it down into a syrup.

"Contents of birch sap :

Mg 11 mg/l
Mn 1.2 mg/l
Na 0.2 mg/l
Ca 70 mg/l
K 120 mg/l
Fe 0.1 mg/l
Zn 1.5 mg/l
P 6.4 mg/l
Fructose 0.5 g/100 ml
Glucose 0.3 g/100 ml
Dry solid content 0.7 - 1.5 %
pH 5.5 - 7.5

100 g Koivu™ birch sap contains:

Energy : 10 kJ
Fat: < 0.1 g
Protein: < 0.1 g
Carbohydrate: 0.62 g
fruit acids (malic 100-600, succinc 10-300, phosphoric 10-50, citric 5-20 mg/l)
free amino acids: 25-700 mg/l "

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