About Betula

Herbs from the garden

 IMG_20150928_154539All products of Betula Herbs are made from the ground up!

I process the herbs from my garden into compositions fit for every first aid kit. Salves, oils and tinctures are long lasting and easy to use, so everyone can make use of the good properties of the herb, without a private garden of your own.

My products are distinguished from other traditional medicines, because I make everything myself. Not only the herbs are homegrown, also the beeswax, a key ingredient in any ointment, is a local product. In addition, I only use products from organic farming. However, I cannot grow olive oil in our climate, so I have to buy it. I choose a cold-pressed olive oil from organic olive groves in Italy. Even the essential oils, added to give the products a pleasant smell or enhance the trait of the herbs, are from organic agriculture.

There are no petroleum products (like Vaseline) in Betula products, only ingredients from living nature!

Where to buy?

The products of Betula Herbs are for sale:

How to use?

The possible applications for my products are simple:

An ointment is taken straight from the jar onto the affected area. I recommend using a spoon to remove the salve from the jar so that the ointment remains clean. This way the product will be preserved for a long time at room temperature. To prevent the salve from sticking to everything, you can easily place a plaster or gauze over it, so that it remains in place and is given time to work. Usually it is necessary to apply the ointment twice per day, with a new patch.

Oil is more suitable to treat large areas of the skin. Very suitable for towel dry skin after showering or bathing. The oil is very economical to use: always take a little and massage it into the skin until it no longer feels greasy. If it does, you have used too much oil. Take a little less next time. Oil is also well suited for massaging. This is relaxing and warming.

Tinctures can be used externally by adding 50 drops to a bowl of water. Ideally cooked and cooled water, but if you are in a hurry this is not always convenient. Fortunately, tap water is usually clean enough. Soak a clean cloth in this water and place it as a compress on the affected skin or clean the affected area with it. For internal use (echinacea), take 10 drops in a little water and drink it. Do this twice a day for at least three weeks. In order to build up your resistance, it is a good idea to use echinaceatincture for as long as the “r” is in the month. Mouthwash works similarly: dissolve it into a little water, then rinse your mouth with it. It is best not to swallow, but spit it out. Mouthwashes may also be used by small children. Babies who suffer from their teeth breaking especially benefit from it. Use only three drops. Your baby obviously can not spit on command. Fortunately, it does not hurt to swallow a little bit.


white bark surrounded by young birch leaves

White bark surrounded by young birch leaves

birch in the early spring

Birch in the early spring

Betula pendula and Betula pubescens are scientific names for the birch tree.

Everyone knows the birch: the slender tree with itsdistinctive white bark and gracefully drooping branches. A young birch tree sways in the wind. Even in old age Birch remains quite supple, though the bark is somewhat less white.

A great birch tree towers over the garden of Betula Kruiden, hence the name. This birch I planted myself, twenty years ago. She clearly feels at home here, because she has become very large in a short time.

Betula Herbs is affiliated with the Dutch Association of Phytotherapy and Network Bewust Achterhoek .