Harvesting brooms for a bath

Harvesting brooms Table of contents:

  • 1 tradition
  • 2 Useful properties
  • 3 Varieties of brooms
  • 4 Birch
  • 5 Juniper
  • 6 Oak
  • 7 Nettles
  • 8 Eucalyptus
  • 9 From wormwood
  • 10 How to dry
  • 11 Storage
  • 12 History of the Bath Broom
  • 13 videos

Brooms are a visiting card of a Russian bath. It is they who create that unique atmosphere and the spirit of the steam room. Without them, the steam room is nothing different from the sauna. With the preparation of brooms and their use a whole tradition is connected. It would seem that it could be easier blanks? Cut branches about 60-65 cm long, tie and to dry. However, in fact there are some subtleties that allow you to preserve the aroma of leaves and at the same time prevent shedding branches.


How to Knit BroomsHow to Knit Brooms Harvesting Brooms for baths begin every year in a certain period. Usually it Trinity day. Usually it falls in mid-June.

Before you start harvesting, you need to pay attention to the weather.

In wet time, when it rains, the branches do not collect. And here is the dew will be very favorable for collection.

It is better to choose the first half of the day for this event. It `s that the time when the dew barely left the vegetation.

The question may arise: when to collect brooms for a bath, if on Trinity is raining? If the weather is unfavorable, then the procedure tolerated for a couple of days.

Beneficial features

Beneficial features

Preparation for the procedurePreparation for the Brooms procedure definitely helpful. They produce a massage effect. Moreover, various substances have a positive effect on the body, which they contain.

The main condition is the ecological purity of the product.

The collection of branches for brooms should be done in the country, it is better – in the forest.

If there is no way to do it all yourself, then you can buy ready-made. They are made in the countryside specially, observing the technology that was still guided ancestors.

Varieties of Brooms

VarietiesVarieties of Brooms are:

  • oak;
  • birch;
  • juniper;
  • fake;
  • combined.

These branches are most often used for knitting. However lovers can add other branches to traditional brooms. It is known that in for medicinal purposes, nettle can be placed among the oak branches. Combined can combine oak, linden and birch trees.


HangingDrooping birch

In urban conditions, a birch broom is the most popular. is he fragrant, has healing properties and is very delicate.

Birch broomBirch broom to make them to do, you need to choose the right tree. Experts recommend pay attention to the so-called “weeping” birch trees. They have long, falling branches that lean toward the ground.

Good brooms are obtained from young birches. Before the start collection must touch the leaves. From the outside, they should be smooth and tender. If the surface of the leaves is rough, it’s better find another tree.

Thin and flexible branches guarantee a good fragrant broom. Before drying, the birch is not very tightly bound, between branches free space is maintained. Otherwise, the leaves may lose its qualities and color.


JuniperJuniper For juniper broom need collect branches of this shrub, bathhouse lovers know it value. Harvest occurs in late spring and early summer. Juniper secretes resins that have a beneficial effect on health.

During the collection should not tear the branches of one bush. it can hurt him. One must be careful and reasonable. Branches Junipers are used in the bath in three cases:

  • for knitting juniper brooms;
  • for inclusion in ordinary;
  • for lining the floor in the steam room.

The term for harvesting juniper branches lasts until mid-summer.

Before use, such brooms are steamed for half an hour boiling water so that they become suitable for the bath.


From the branches of oakFrom oak branches Oak is a real classic along with a birch. The branches of this tree are harvested in the second half of the summer, more often in August-September. Ideal for this young shoots.

Oak brooms do not absorb sweat well; they are always dry. However they almost do not fly around and are well suited for people with oily skin. Oak also helps with hypertension. Tannins that contained in this plant, perfectly cleanse the skin.



For therapeutic and recreational purposes, brooms from nettles. They do not burn the skin if properly prepared. When harvest nettles? It’s better to choose the period when the plant is still quite young. This time is from May to July.

It is necessary to cut the shoots of nettle in a clean area. In urban It is difficult to find environmentally friendly thickets of this plant. Nettles growing along highways will not work.

Nettle tones, relieves muscle pain, radiculitis and aches in the joints.

So that it does not burn the skin, it is necessary two or three times alternately dip the broom in boiling water and cold water. After that you can feel free to use in the steam room.


From EucalyptusFrom eucalyptus Timing of harvesting eucalyptus – end of July – August. Eucalyptus brooms are great for relieving various colds, relieve a cold, tone up. They also restore women’s health.

They are mainly used in the Caucasus, where to get Eucalyptus is easier. In Russia, such brooms can be bought. The aroma of this plants are unique.

Eucalyptus branches are used not only for the bath, but also in medicinal purposes. For example, in the form of inhalations.

From wormwood

From wormwoodWormwood brooms have long been popular in Russian baths. it the plant leaves a special aroma that cannot be compared with anything. Wormwood is also added to birch, nettle and oak. brooms.

Wormwood begins to collect during the flowering period. At this time she most useful.

Dry wormwood in bunches.

How to dry

How to dry

Harvesting brooms for a bathBefore drying should be good to check all the branches. First stage of drying occurs immediately after harvest, when the branches are loosely connected, having previously sorted and deleted all defective ones. Then such bunches hang on a rope or poles and leave for a week.

When the week is up, you can start knitting brooms. Like this not everyone knows to do. So:

  • thick branches should be inside, and thin branches outside;
  • the handle for the broom must be made more authentic, for this the lower the sides of the branches are cleared of leaves and knots;
  • firmly grasping the branches with your left hand, you need to tie the handle twine as tight as possible.

At the end of the binding, the correct styling must be done. for storage.

It’s better to lay brooms on top of each other, so that later they take the shape of a fan, not a broom. Products of this shape are of the highest quality, they are enough for about 3 times in the steam room.



When the brooms are connected, the question arises of how and where to store them. There are several storage methods.

  1. A dry dressing room is a good place to lay out there. fresh brooms. They stack on top of each other, and gradually flatten, their heads take the form of a fan.
  2. Can be stored in the attic, laying down hay. The main thing that the place was dry and ventilated.
  3. In urban environments, a good place to store on the balcony or in a warmed ventilated garage. On the balcony they need to be protected from moisture.


During storage, brooms can be shifted by placing raw up, and already dried down. As a result, the leaves should look green and exude aroma. If the sheet has lost color, then drying It was made incorrectly. Such products can be considered spoiled.

The history of the bath broom


The history of the bath broom is as vague as the history of the Russian baths. However, it is known that it began to be used by the Slavs, believed that this “bouquet” of leaves doubles the benefits of a steam room and heals.

The most popular are two species: oak and birch. Them considered healing. Healers used them for medical purposes for exile of ailments.

When in the West they decided to adopt the Russian pair tradition, then everything equally could not realize it completely. First, not a single western man could not stand the heat that is so loved by Russians. And, secondly, only in the Russian bath there was a broom.

The sauna does not use brooms, because it is impossible. The air there is too dry, and they just fly around. Some historians connect the appearance of a Russian bath with a Turkish one. However in none country custom no broom. That’s why this attribute is a distinctive feature of Russian paired.

The tradition to bathe until the 19th century in the Russian outback was closely associated with various rites. For example, steamed after the marriage nights. Moreover, the newlyweds took a bath together. Before visiting churches also steamed. It was believed that a bath and a broom would clear sins.


The process of harvesting brooms in the following video:

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