Birch Polypore – Medicine Ancient and Modern

A wonderful post by an English herbalist on the Birch polypore ~ enjoy! Much of what she writes (in terms of preparation) is similar for all medicinal polypores.

Whispering Earth


Once in a while a medicinal ally comes along that completely captivates my heart and mind. Over the last year or so the birch polypore fungus has been the ally in question and it is everything that ‘the people’s medicine’ should be – local, abundant, safe and powerfully healing.

LatinPitptoporus betulinusPiptoporus comesfrom the latin meaning ‘pores cast down’ and betulinus from its host tree, the birch.
Common name – Birch Polypore, also razor strop fungus, birch conk, birch bracket. The name polypore refers to its many pores, situated on the underside of the fruiting body from which the spores are released.
Taste – bitter, slightly sweet and earthy.
Smell – I would consider the smell to be rich and mushroomy though the legendary Roger’s mushroom guide describes its as having a ‘distinct or odd smell (not mushroomy).’ So you will have to make up your…

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2 thoughts on “Birch Polypore – Medicine Ancient and Modern

  1. Can you please resend me the post for the last shipment. The one with Evergreen Rub, Wild Rose Flower Essence, Herbal Cacao Elixir. Also tell me how to use Autumn Oxymel. Thank yo. Brenda Holcombe

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