Birch Essential Oil, Sweet
Black Birch, Mahogany Birch, Mountain Mahogany.
- Sweet Birch Essential Oil contains a chemical famous for both its scent and for alleviating pain; this chemical is almost identical to aspirin. The oil is used for migraines, inflammation and joint pain.
Farming Method Wildcrafted Country of Origin Russia Plant Part Wood Scientific Name Betula alleghensia Application Method Bath, Diffusion, Topical
The scent of Sweet Birch Essential Oil is familiar and sweet, like wintergreen candy or root beer. Sweet Birch can be inhaled to calm nerves and promote sleep. It is applied topically to relieve pain in muscles and joints. It can also reduce cellulite, water retention and inflammation.
Here is how to use Sweet Birch essential oil for various conditions:
Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 1-2% in any carrier oil (5-10 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). Total body massage is not recommended. See precautions below.
Aromatic Bath: Dilute in bath salts or milk or similar before adding to a full bath. See precautions below.
- Migraines: Diffusion or Topical Application on forehead or any other part of the head and neck where the pain seems to originate, 2% in any carrier oil.
- Cellulite: Aromatic Bath, Topical Application.
- Muscle, joint pain: Aromatic Bath, Topical Application.
Sweet Birch is harmful in high concentrations. It can cause poisoning by absorption through the skin. Use very small amounts. Avoid using it during pregnancy. In the bath, make sure it is properly dispersed by using an emulsifier like liquid soap. Birch oil should not be used for children 3 years of age and younger.
The soft inner portion of Birch bark is stringy and was savored as a vermicelli-like delicacy by the American Indians. The bark, along with Wintergreen, was also popular among both Indians and European settlers as a scrumptious tea. Sweet Birch is commonly used to flavor gourmet root beer.
About the Plant
Sweet Birch grows up to 75 feet tall and is decorated with attractive bright green leaves.
Betulaceae – Birch Family
There are two noteworthy things about Birch Oil. First, it needs to be said that it is one of the oils most commonly replaced with its synthetic counterpart; the reason is it contains more than 99% methyl salicylate, which is readily available from a synthetic source. We searched worldwide and were able to find a producer in Russia who still produces natural Birch Oil; the U.S. and Canadian producers gave up several years ago.
Second, Birch Oil is listed among the most toxic essential oils in aromatherapy. Interestingly, its main constituent, methyl salicylate, is almost identical to aspirin and has the same physiological effects. Aspirin is one of the most harmless synthetic drugs, even approved during pregnancy. The reason there is so much concern about the safety of Birch Oil and other essential oils is that they come in liquid form. We are not used to perceiving a few drops of a liquid as being so potent. Therefore, essential oils are regularly overdosed. This accounts for more than 95% of all safety issues with essential oils.
Scent: Sweet Birch has a root beer candy-like scent that is spicy, sweet and uplifting. It is similar to Wintergreen but slightly sweeter.
Blends With: Chamomile, Frankincense, Lemon.
Fragrance Note: Top.
Composition: Methyl salicylate.
Customer Reviews 1 item(s)
- Amazing Pain Relief
I recommend this EO for my clients with pain - especially joint /muscle pain. Creating a blend with Birch, German Chamomile and Lavender has allowed my clients to experience decreased pain and inflammation.
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Patti McCormick, RN, PHD
Pres. Institute of Holistic Health