Birch leaf soap

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PostFri Jun 03, 2011 9:06 pm » by Probablysane


Just though I would add a bit of useful info that anyone with a bit of sense can easily manage. First off sorry if this is in the wrong section.
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.
For more tree tips both culinary and medical please check out the following link:

http://www.pfaf.org/user/default.aspx

Trees have far more to offer us than just wood :D
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PostFri Jun 03, 2011 10:42 pm » by Flecktarn


good info :flop:
we need a survival and wilderness section on dtv
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PostFri Jun 03, 2011 11:05 pm » by Lemsip


Good info.. you can also brush your teeth with coal dust ...(soot )

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PostFri Jun 03, 2011 11:19 pm » by domdabears


flecktarn wrote:good info :flop:
we need a survival and wilderness section on dtv
:cheers:

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PostFri Jun 03, 2011 11:20 pm » by TheDuck


domdabears wrote:
flecktarn wrote:good info :flop:
we need a survival and wilderness section on dtv
:cheers:

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PostFri Jun 03, 2011 11:20 pm » by Rydher


we need a survival and wilderness section on dtv


Agreed.


Nice post, thank you. :flop:

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PostSat Jun 04, 2011 3:23 am » by Rmcampwest


If I'm not mistaken domdabears and boondox are very competent in survival and shtf skills



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