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Birch, Sweet

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General Properties of Birch Essential Oil

  • analgesic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • cleanser

Origin: UK. Steam distilled from the bark of the tree. Top note.

Description of Birch Essential Oil

Sweet Birch essential oil is from a tree (the yellow and black species of this genus). Some of its countries of origin are Canada, Holland, Germany and the eastern USA. The bark is macerated in warm water before being steam distilled to produce an essential oil that is clear to yellowish in color.

Birch essential oil contains one major constituent, methyl salicylate (up to 98%!), which was first identified in willow trees, and is more commonly known as the original ingredient in aspirin. Birch essential oil is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and a blood cleanser. It is great for all kinds of muscular pain and, because of its diuretic and blood cleansing abilities, it helps to drain toxins, which cause the pain in arthritis and rheumatism. In treating cellulite, Birch essential oil partners up well with Rosemary essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Black Pepper essential oil and Juniper essential oil to help eliminate toxins, while the diuretic action helps reduce water retention.

Specific Cautions for Birch Essential Oil

Should NOT be used during pregnancy, while lactating or on babies and small children. Use sparingly.

References about Birch Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Birch Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Betula lenta
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.