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Mi'kmaq (Micmac) Medicines, Foods and Teas*
contributed by Laurie Lacey.

Birch, Yellow (Betula allegheniensis Britt.)

The inner bark of the tree was used to relieve indigestion and stomach cramps. The bark was chewed or steeped in water, and taken as a tea. The inner bark is supposed to be nourishing and can be chewed when one is in need of extra energy. [Photograph adapted from Elias & Dykeman: 1982]

*The author is not responsible for the use of medicinal remedies mentioned above.
The information is given for cultural purposes only.

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