Alternative Uses for Birch Water
A question we get a lot is “Is Birch Water new?”, and the answer is no. Birch Water and Birch Sap have been used for many decades by many other cultures around the world. However, drinking birch sap is new to North America, and 52° North is the first brand to harvest and produce birch sap here in Beautiful British Columbia. We want to share with you how other cultures use birch sap, have you tried any of these products before?
Birch Sap Skincare
Birch sap is has been used in Korean skincare and beauty products over the last decade, and is starting to become a popular ingredient in North American beauty products as well. The scientific Latin term for birch water and birch sap is as Betula Alba; this is the term you can look for in the ingredient list when shopping for your next hydrating face cream or toner.
Birch Water is known to soften skin, promote collagen growth, and lock in moisture to keep skin soft, supple, and radiant. Here are some popular products that incorporate birch sap:
Emenence – Birch Water Purifying Essence (Fun fact, 52 North was served at the launch party for this toner!)
Enature - Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack
Origins - SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer With White Tea
Clinique – Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
Birch Water Spring Refreshment
Traditionally in Northern European countries and Russia, Birch Sap was tapped every spring post war, as nutritional foods were hard to come across and short in supply. Birch Water contains trace minerals and plant nutrients that would help improve the texture of skin and hair.
In countries such as Finland and Sweden, after the birch water was consumed as a health tonic, they would add sugar and yeast to the birch sap to ferment and turn into birch beer. This refreshing alcoholic drink would be ready to consume for the hot summer months ahead. Click here to read more about how each of the Eastern European countries harvested, treated, and consumed birch sap.
A popular question we get all the time is, why isn’t birch sap brown and sticky? What's being described is actually birch syrup, birch syrup is birch sap that has been boiled down. The ratio of birch sap to birch syrup is very high due to the extremely low sugar content of birch water. 80L of birch sap would make 1L of birch syrup. This is approximately double the amount of sap required to make maple syrup, as maple sap to syrup is a 40:1 ratio. This results in birch syrup costing a pretty penny, as more ingredients and labour are required to craft this sticky gem—but the subtle earthy sweetness of birch will always be worth the price tag.
How many of these birch water products have you tried? Let us know in the comments below!