Harvesting birch brooms for a bath - the science is simple
Broom - an essential attribute of the Russian bath. Most fans of the steam bath believe that the best brooms come from soft, flexible birch twigs.Not casually since time immemorial the most widespread in Russia was the birch broom for a bath. But the preferences are different for everyone. Many like to bathe in oak or lime products. Which of them is better? Controversy is ongoing to this day.
Preparation of birch brooms for a bath
The process of harvesting is not too complicated. But that the cooked broom was suitable for the steam room, you must follow certain rules. The harvesting of birch brooms for a bath has traditionally occurred in the Trinity. But not everywhere the birch "ripens" everywhere, and not all types of wood are suitable for brooms. Choose a tall tree with long, thin, straight branches - a weeping birch.
To know for certain whether the branches of this birch are suitable or not, you need to try the leaf with the tongue: if the sheet is rough - the tree does not fit. The leaf should be velvety, tender. In addition, the time of harvesting says the taste of the leaf. As soon as it ceases to be sweet and starts to be bitter, it means that the time for harvesting has come. Birches, of which twigs and brooms will be made, should not grow near roads, near businesses or in the city center. It should be an ecologically clean area outside the city limits - glades, fringes, glades. Harvesting birch brooms for a bath is carried out in the early morning hours after the dew. This should be careful cutting of unnecessary branches. Basically in the course are young, flexible, well-bent branches with small leaves.Cut raw materials need to podhvilit in the shade for an hour.
How to knit a broom
The withered branches at the base are peeled off from leaves and knots and are connected by a twine. Thick branches are placed in the middle, and around obkladyvayutsya thin. The broom turns thick. The handle is made 15-20 centimeters long. Linked brooms are placed under the yoke to purchase a flat fan shape until completely dry. Then the broom is suspended in a ventilated room for a couple of days. Keep the brooms best in the refrigerator, but if this is not possible, then in a well-ventilated cool room: attic, garage, on the balcony - for two years. Harvesting birch brooms for a bath is completed. Now is the time to go to the bathhouse. But you need to take a dry product with you, and not just cooked.
Take a dry birch broom into the bath in order to steam. By the way, fresh brooms do not steal, as they limp, becoming heavy, can burn the skin. Steamed dry brooms: they fall for 5 minutes in a basin with cold, warm and, finally, hot water. A bowl with hot water and a broom should be covered so that it is steamed. When you feel the aroma of essential oils from a broom, you can take it out. He is ready to work on your body, massaging it and improving blood circulation, cleaning the respiratory system, making breathing easier for asthmatics and smokers, cleansing the skin well. It remains to wish good health and a light couple with a birch broom!