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??
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.
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