Let the trees share their mysterious taste of nature with you and enjoy a lot of complex flavors and fragrances from tree barks.
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Foraging barks basics
The bark is foraged only from young trunks and branches during a period of increased sap flow and swelling of the leaf buds. At this time, it is rich in curative substances and comes off easily. The old, cracked bark contains a lot of cork and little active substances.
To remove the bark on the stem or shoot, make two half-ring incisions with a sharp knife at a distance of 30-40 cm from each other and connect them with each other by two longitudinal incisions. The formed grooves of the bark are separated from the wood. It must be taken into account that when collecting this raw material, it is easy to err in the species belonging to the plant since the bark is removed in the absence of leaves. Therefore, it is necessary to know the external signs of this plant well.
For medical purposes, the bark is collected only from young branches, when it does not exceed a certain thickness; the bark of old branches and trunks is covered with a thick cork layer of dead tissue that does not contain active substances. Most species of bark are removed from growing trees and shrubs (oak, viburnum, etc.).
When laying the collected bark, you cannot put its pieces into each other, as they can then darken and deteriorate when dried.
The main thing is to be able to properly prepare raw materials, choose a tree that meets all the requirements. It is necessary to prepare the bark of oak during the so-called sap movement. For medicinal and cosmetic preparations you need to use young oaks, which are not more than 20 years old. It is important not to damage the valuable tree. To do this, make small incisions in the form of rings or longitudinal lines on the branches, then carefully remove valuable raw materials. The prepared bark should be dried away from the sun.
The oak bark decoction has unique anti-inflammatory, astringent, disinfecting properties. It is often used to prepare rinsing or irrigation of the mouth. Oak bark extract is often included in the formulation of various cosmetics.
This is the first aid for chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pleurisy. Aspen bark is also included in complex therapy for diabetes and digestive disorders.
The effect of this herbal aid is compared in efficacy to aspirin. Its anesthetic and antipyretic properties are very strong. But this is just one of the medicinal "merits" of this raw plant material. This popular medicine is famous for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing properties.
Collect the willow bark early in spring, while the plant has not yet begun active vegetation: the sap flow is still slow, the leaves and flowers have not blossomed. Of particular value is the raw material obtained from shoots of the second or third year.
Medicines derived from the willow bark are capable of providing antiviral and hemostatic effects. In addition, they reduce the risk of thrombosis, because they make the blood more fluid.
The inner bark of maples can be eaten raw. It can also be cooked and serve as yet another food source!
You can make fragrant tasty drinks from barks of different trees: birch beer, tea from hickory bark, ponderosa bark with butterscotch flavor, madrone bark, which looks and tastes like cinnamon. All these amazing woody, smoky, bittersweet tastes are at your service.
Thus, the tree bark is an invaluable gift of nature, which has the widest range of applications. Try, taste, mix and stay healthy!