It has been known since ancient times that the white part of birch bark has antiseptic properties. Birch bark was applied to the wound for to support faster healing. Tar and activated carbon were also produced from birch. In ancient Russian records, birch is recommended for the treatment of purulent wounds, poorly healing ulcers, while in liquid form poured into purulent wound. “A wreath made of white birch bark removes pain head” it states, inter alia.