Birch leaves recovered for the winter – do it!

The birch collected in the summer can be utilized not only in the sauna but also in the steam water.

Sirkka-Liisa Loukasmäki inquired on Facebook Cottagelifein the group, do other interviewers also collect birch leaves for the winter. The start sparked a discussion with tips on how to preserve and utilize leaves in the sauna.

Loukasmäki says that he makes sauna fragrance bags from the birch leaves he collects with easy instructions.

“The branches are first collected from the birch, the leaves are torn off and placed in filter bags. Finally, the bag is closed with a stapler, ”Loukasmäki advises.

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Fresh birch leaves are slipped into a filter bag. Photo: Päivi Huotari

The filter bag is placed in the freezer to wait for a suitable time of use, such as a Christmas sauna.

“Before use, the bag is taken to thaw. We usually put four bags at a time in the steam cell and pour over the hot water. Birch becomes a wonderful scent. ”

Before putting in the freezer, close the filter bag with a stapler.  Photo: Päivi Huotari

Before putting in the freezer, close the filter bag with a stapler. Photo: Päivi Huotari

Fresh, dried or birch water

Loukasmäki urges to collect the leaves before midsummer, because then they smell best. The type of birch does not matter, but in a cottage environment the filter bag ends up with both iron and sand birch leaves mixed.

The filter bags are well stored in the freezer. Loukasmäki says the latter usually end up in use when new leaves appear on trees in the spring.

In the discussion in the Mökielämää group, other tips for utilizing birch leaves in steam rooms were also shared. Instead of keeping it fresh, the leaves can be dried in a filter bag and then added to steam water.

In addition, the birch leaves can be soaked in a water container so that they leave a color. Next, the leaves are sieved off and the birch water is bottled, after which it is leached into the steam water.

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The leaves are well preserved in the freezer under the cover of a sealed filter bag.  Photo: Päivi Huotari

The leaves are well preserved in the freezer under the cover of a sealed filter bag. Photo: Päivi Huotari

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