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Description for Betula utilis
shrub or tree reaching up to 20 m. Leaves are ovate & long. Flowering occurs from May to July, The outer bark can also be used as a waterproofing and for roofing houses. The bark is sometimes used as an incense.
Wood - tough, even grained, moderately hard, elastic. Used for construction. This tree is regarded as a sacred plant in the Himalaya region. Parts of the tree have medicinal uses; the bark has carminative and antiseptic properties and an infusion of it is given for hysteria, part of the bark is applied to cuts, wounds, and burns, and water boiled with bark is taken in cases of jaundice and used as drops to relieve an earache.
A paste of the resin is applied to boils. People in the Kumaon region of Utter Pradesh, India, west of Nepal, use the resin for contraceptive purposes.
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