Healthy Recipes

FOLK RECIPE: Birch Bud Tea

A long-standing Russian recipe for tea that is made from birch bud – it is one of the folk ways to make up for vitamin deficiencies and stimulate immunity. Birch trees grow in many areas of the Northern Hemisphere and therefore their different uses can be found in many Northern Hemisphere cultures. From syrup to flour, the birch tree has an abundance of different uses, all with their own nutritional value.

Ingredients for Birch Bud Tea

  • 1 teaspoon swollen but not yet open birch buds
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 1-2 tsp of honey or cedar syrup


  • Put birch buds in a teapot and fill it with hot water
  • Place the teapot on a fire and bring it to a boil
  • Leave to boil over a low heat for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove from heat and leave to infuse for a few minutes
  • Add honey or cedar syrup to taste

Alternatively, you can use the following method without boiling:

  • Put birch buds in a teapot or glass and pour boiling water over it
  • Leave to infuse for about 10 minutes.

Birch bud tea is ready! Drink it with fragrant honey or cedar syrup!


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