Birch (Betuala lenta)
Birch essential oil is best used when there is need for warming a painful area of the body and with some minor uncomfortable parts of getting older such as tired limbs and joints. It is often added to lotions, massage oils and body salves to support an active lifestyle or the pains associated with movement as one ages.
Botanical Family, Origin & Extraction: Betulaceae; Canada (Adirondack); Steam distillation from bark
Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant (bone, liver) and warming
Body Systems Affected: Muscles and bones
Aromatic Influence: This oil has a captivating top note aroma that's sweet, minty, and very fresh.
Other Possible Uses: This oil may be beneficial for acne, bladder infection, cystitis, dropsy, eczema, edema, reducing fever, gallstones, gout, infection, reducing discomfort in joints, kidney stones, draining and cleansing the lymphatic system, obesity, osteoporosis, skin diseases, ulcers, and urinary tract disorders. It is known for its ability to alleviate bone pain. It has a cortisone-like action due to the high content of methyl salicylate.
Historical Uses: Birch oil has a stron, penetrating aroma that most people recognize as wintergreen. Although birch essential oil is completely unrelated to wintergreen, they are almost identical in chemical constituents. The American Indians and early Europeans settlers enjoyed a tea that was flavored with birch bark or wintergreen. According to Julia Lawless, "...this has been translated into a preference for 'root beer' flavourings [sic]." A synthetic methyl salicylate is knw widely used as a flavoring agent, especially in 'root beer', chewing gum, toothpaste, etc.
French Medicinal Uses: Rheumatism, muscular pain, cramps, arthritis, tendonitis, hypertension, inflammation
Blends With: Basil, bergamot, chamomile, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, rosewood
Direction for Use
- Use 8-10 drops in a diffuser of your choice
- Dilute 1% to 3% in a carrier oil for topical use
- Apply diluted to flex points and/or directly on area of concern
- Birch is 89% methyl salicylate and may cause allergic reaction to some; test a small area of skin first for allergies!
- Not for use by people with epilepsy
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (refer to an aromatherapy text for instruction)
- The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe
- Avoid during pregnancy; do not use without first consulting a trained healthcare practitioner
- You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis
- Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem
- Stop using this product if you suspect an allergic reaction