Birch Essential Oil
- Distillation Method:
- Country of Origin:
- United States
- Plant Part:
- Latin Name:
- Betula lenta
- Naturally Grown
About the Oil: Therapeutically and chemically similar to Wintergreen Essential Oil, Sweet Birch has a more complex and brighter aroma. See also: Wildcrafted Wintergreen.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
White Birch trees grow up to 20 meters high with slender branches, light green oval leaves and a silvery-white bark. They are a native species to eastern Europe, Russia and Germany, yet are now found growing wild throughout the northern hemisphere.
ABOUT THE OIL
Birch Essential Oil is steam distilled from the bark of Birch trees in the Adirondacks. The oil, while chemically and therapeutically similar to Wintergreen, is a specialty oil – it is much more difficult to extract than wintergreen, as the bark must be macerated and soaked for up to 12 hours before distillation. Furthermore, the essential oil of Birch is actually heavier than water (this is quite uncommon) so that the oil sinks, rather than floats, in the separation chamber.
This is believed to be some of the only true Birch produced today, as total crop figures cannot account for the commercially available Birch essential oil.
We really like this oil as an alternative to Wintergreen, as it has nuances that create a brighter, more complex interesting aroma. Use as you would Wintergreen oil in your formulas.
Traditionally, Wintergreen was chewed by the natives of the Americas in order to increase lung capacity and assist in healing respiratory conditions. Early settlers chewed on Wintergreen to help prevent tooth decay. The dried leaf and stem are current in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as specific for rheumatoid arthritis.
- promotes urination
- helps maintain kidney action
- reduces body temperature
- eases discomfort
- decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
- soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
- diminishes swelling
- increases local blood circulation
- opens the bronchial passages
- eases breathing
- Birch is often included in formulas to open the breathing passages and may be blended with Ravensara and Eucalyptus for this purpose. Deep inhalation of the bright aroma can clear the sinuses and stimulate the mind.
- Birch is often added to liniments, ointments and massage oils to help ease muscles and joints while increasing blood circulation.
This light green oil has an intense yet balanced fresh minty top note layered with a deep molasses, fennel-like middle note and undertones of dark, sweet wood.
The essential oil of Birch is made up almost exclusively of methyl salicylate and is harmful in concentration. Care must be taken to use Sweet Birch in very low amounts. Birch oil should be diluted significantly before topical application.
Do not use on children.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult a physician prior to use.