Birch broom for a bath: how to prepare and steam?


It is difficult to imagine a Russian bath without a fragrant whipping broom. Connoisseurs know that visiting the steam room is not just a way to wash, but a whole ritual that promotes health. Massage with a birch broom at high temperature creates a stunning effect of cleansing the body. After the bath, the metabolism is normalized, the work of the heart improves and the general body tone rises.

If you want to know how to take advantage of the advantages of a birch broom (where to get it, how to steam it up, what to do with it in the steam room) this article will be informative and interesting. And even if you are a sophisticated bath attendant, you will find useful information here.



Birch broom ranks first among other bath brooms. And there are two reasons for this: firstly, the birch branches carry the magical healing benefits of the trees themselves, secondly, the birch is widespread, and it is easy to get such a broom.

Birch leaves contain vitamins, essential oils, volatile production, tanning and antibacterial substances. Properly harvested brooms retain these qualities and, if used properly, bring immense benefits to the body:

  • increase immunity;
  • prevention of respiratory diseases;
  • improvement of the skin, cleansing from infections;
  • stimulation of blood circulation;
  • removal of toxins from the body;
  • removal of pain in muscles and joints.

Birch brooms have practically no contraindications, but the concentration of wood resins can negatively affect the kidneys and the stomach, therefore, it is necessary to be careful with colitis and infections of the gastrointestinal tract.


Proper birch broom

In order for the procedures in the steam room to be pleasant and as useful as possible, you need a quality broom, and the fact that it is made of birch is not enough.

Signs of the perfect birch besom for a bath:

  • leaf size up to 3 cm;
  • leaves are smooth, not twisted, have a green color and persistent aroma;
  • broom lightweight, comfortable in hand;
  • thicker branches in the middle, thin around;
  • broom tight, durable, the leaves do not showered.

If you have a broom in your hands that does not fit the description of the indicated items, it means that the technology of its preparation is broken: it was cut off not at that time, it was formed incorrectly and dried. Its use is possible, but to achieve maximum benefit from the bath procedure will not work.

To be sure of the quality of the broom with which you are going to bathe in the bath, it is better to prepare it yourself. It is not difficult at all, and the process of preparation is able to deliver no less pleasure than the procedures of soaring themselves.


How to prepare brooms yourself

To prepare the right birch brooms, you need to know when to do it, where and how.

Brooms are harvested from the second half of June to mid-summer. At this time there is a ripening of the leaf and its maximum filling with essential oils, but this period does not last long, only until the earrings appear.

For harvesting choose a dry day and time around noon. This allows you to collect raw materials for brooms with good moisture performance. If you collect brooms in wet weather or in the morning after the dew, then it will be much more difficult to dry them.

Choose a forest away from the city, roads, dust and emissions. Birch trees with flexible falling branches and even leaves are found. Preference is given to young not blossoming birch trees, their leaves are more tender.

Cut branches 40-50 cm long, it can be done with a sharp knife or shears. Harvested raw materials loosely bind and hang in a dark place to pre-dry. Formation of brooms produced in 7-8 days.

Brooms knit two forms: a fan and a broom. When forming a fan, the branches are folded on top of each other, creating a flat shape. In the second method, thick branches are used in the center to form the middle of the broom and thin at the edges.

They tie brooms very tightly in two, three places. To do this, use durable synthetic twine or thin rope. A broom handle about 15 cm is completely cleaned from the leaves, it can be wrapped with a cloth so that when using it, do not rub the corns.

After that, brooms are sent for drying in a well-ventilated dark room, excluding direct sunlight. The best option is to hang the brooms under the roof of the attic. Dried brooms can also be stored suspended or folded, but periodically interchanged and ventilated. Brooms in the form of a fan are dried and stored folded and specially crushed to give the appropriate shape.


How to steam birch broom

Freshly prepared broom does not require any additional processing, with him you can safely go to the steam room and he will deliver the maximum benefit. If you have not tried to bathe with a fresh broom, you can fix it, assess the advantages and advantages.

Dried brooms need to be prepared before use, that is, steamed. This procedure softens the branches and makes them flexible. Inexperienced banshikov think that it is enough just to pour boiling water over the broom, but this is not quite so.

The sequence of actions with proper steaming of a birch broom:

  • rinse broom with warm water;
  • put in cold water for 3 minutes;
  • pour warm water, leave for 5 minutes;
  • We send a broom in boiling water for 10-20 minutes.

To enhance the flavor before using it, you can hold a broom on hot stones.


Quick way to steal

How to steam a birch broom easier and faster? There is an express method for those who are in a hurry or lazy. Broom should be dipped in a basin with hot water, and then spread out on a hot stove. Outgoing steam contributes to the softening of the branches. This procedure must be repeated 2-3 times. Using this method, take the following precautions: use mittens to avoid scalding, and make sure that there are no leaves on the heater, they can give a burning smell or ignite.

How to steam

In the bath with a broom is better to go together. One lying gets pleasure from the massage, the second works as a bather, then you can swap places.

Broom in the bath acts as a vane, forcing hot air to the body. Painful blows to anything, soft enough pats on the skin. The massage is performed with a wet broom, for this it needs to be additionally moistened. A broom can be pressed tightly to the body, led to them along the body, you can lift and shake, forcing hot air, you can whip and even use as a sponge. The intensity of the procedures and the number of repetitions is selected individually.

Follow the simple rules for the preparation and use of birch brooms, have fun and make the most of the bath.

We wish you a light steam and pleasant wellness procedures!

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