Betula alba's extracts are used in a range of cosmetics, especially soap and shampoo. Also used for flavouring and leather oil.
Birch leaves are used as an extract for dyes and cosmetics.
Its leaves have got diuretic properties and are used to produce diuretic tea.
The chaga mushroom is an adaptogen that grows on white birch trees, extracting the birch constituents and is used as a remedy for cancer.
The birch bark is high in betulin and betulinic acid, phytochemicals which have potential as pharmaceuticals. It shows promise as industrial lubricants.
Birch bark can be soaked until moist in water, and then formed into a cast for a broken arm.
The inner bark of birch can be ingested safely.