I have just finished a two year course in Arboriculture and one of the things I have taken away from this course is an increased knowledge of trees and their uses. One in particular that I would like to point out is Birch (Betula). Get some leaves from a Birch tree and add them to warm water in either a bag or some kind of container that you can seal and shake. Then shake the **** out of them for a while and you will see the saponins that are being released start to form a soapy froth. I have tried this out myself and I can say that the soap produced is gentle on the skin and has a nice subtle scent to it. It can be used to help lower the symptoms of eczema and other skin complaints.
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Trees have far more to offer us than just wood
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