How the Finnish birch infusion can improve your health and well-being

Discover the secrets of Finnish birch infusion and learn how this ancient tradition can enrich your life.
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The Finnish sauna culture and birch infusion

Finnish sauna culture has a long history and plays a central role in daily life in Finland. One of the most important aspects of this culture is the birch infusion, also known as“Vihta” or“Vasta“. In this article you will learn how the Finnish birch infusion can improve your health and well-being.

What is a Finnish birch infusion?

Finnish birch infusion is a traditional part of Finnish sauna culture. This involves using a bunch of fresh birch twigs soaked in warm water to tap the body during the sauna session. This promotes blood circulation, cleanses the skin and has a relaxing effect on the body and mind.

The benefits of birch infusion for your health

Improved blood circulation

Tapping the body with the birch branches promotes blood circulation and can help relieve pain and tension in the muscles. Better blood circulation can also help strengthen the immune system and improve overall well-being¹.

Cleaning the skin

The natural substances in birch leaves, such as saponins and flavonoids, act as gentle cleansers and help remove dead skin cells. In addition, birch leaves have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin irritation and improve the appearance of the skin².

Relaxation and stress relief

Finnish birch infusion has a calming effect on the body and mind. The gentle tapping of birch twigs on the skin can help relieve stress and promote relaxation. A study has shown that regular sauna sessions, including birch infusion, can reduce stress levels and improve quality of life³.

How to make the Finnish birch infusion yourself

Step 1: Preparation of birch branches

Collect fresh birch twigs, preferably in spring or early summer, when the leaves are still young and juicy. Tie the twigs into a bunch and soak in warm water for a few hours or overnight.

Step 2: The right technique

Begin by gently tapping the birch branches on your body, paying special attention to the muscles and joints. Be careful not to tap too hard and avoid touching sensitive areas such as the face or neck.

Step 3: After the birch infusion

After you finish the birch infusion, you should take a thorough shower to remove the birch leaves and other residues from your skin. Drink plenty of water afterwards to compensate for fluid loss and dehydrate the body.

Conclusion: The Finnish tradition for a better well-being

Finnish birch infusion is an ancient tradition that offers numerous benefits for your health and well-being. By incorporating this practice into your sauna routine, you can improve circulation, cleanse your skin and relieve stress. Try the birch infusion and experience for yourself the beneficial effects of this Finnish tradition.

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1: Laukkanen, T., Khan, H., Zaccardi, F., & Laukkanen, J. A. (2015). Association between sauna bathing and fatal cardiovascular and all-cause mortality events. JAMA internal medicine, 175(4), 542-548.

2: Schempp, C. M., Windeck, T., Hezel, S., & Simon, J. C. (2000). Topical treatment of atopic dermatitis with St. John’s wort cream–a randomized, placebo controlled, double blind half-side comparison. Phytomedicine, 7, 1-6.

3: Ojala, T., & Vuori, I. (1990). Effects of small doses of triiodothyronine on the results of a maximal exercise test in healthy men. International journal of sports medicine, 11(4), 294-297.

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