A Little Birch History
The first written reference that was found to tapping birch trees (Betula papyrifera) was written by W. Westmacot. Westmacot's Scripture Herbal, published in England in 1695, reported that the sap was used for wine and for the prevention of kidney stones.
Canadian First Nations were one of the original North American producers of birch syrup. They lived in harmony with the environment while using nature to survive. It is also said that aboriginal peoples used birch sap as a tonic in the spring.
The curative properties of birch sap are ancient and yet modern. In the time of Napoleon one of his army surgeons made an observation pertaining to birch sap, “It almost unfailingly cures skin conditions such as pimples, acne, etc., it is an invaluable remedy for rheumatic diseases and helps chronic illnesses.” (Marlene Cameron, 1999)