Birch (Sweet) Essential Oil
Sweet Birch Aromatherapy Oil is an unctuous and pungent essential oil. It is dark in colour when it is in it’s unrefined state. The Wild As the Wind Sweet Birch Essential Oil is unrefined and optimally beneficial.
Sweet Birch Essential Oil boasts an exceptionally impressive array of benefits!
**However, it contains very high levels of the analgesic found in Willow Bark / Aspirin, and so it comes with a full list of contraindications. These must be read before use. (See below.)
Due to potential toxicological issues if Sweet Birch Aromatherapy Oil is misused Wild As The Wind only supply small bottles of this essential oil.
Birch (Sweet) Essential Oil Aroma
Sweet Birch Essential Oil has a syrupy but slightly sharp aroma. It is sweet, but pervasive, and although it’s not as camphorous, it is somewhat reminiscent of the lozenges Fishermen’s Friends, or like a sweet smelling Cold Tar soap.
Sweet Birch Essential Oil is rarely bought for it’s aromatic qualities, but because it has myriad therapeutic benefits it still remains quite a popular aromatherapy oil.
Sweet Birch Essential Oil Heath Benefits
Sweet Birch Essential Oil is considered to be uplifting and stimulating, but at the same time, comforting and relaxing. It is also considered to be purifying.
Sweet Birch Aromatherapy Oil contains a phytochemical called methyl salicylate which has a well established reputation as a potent pain-reliever
Sweet Birch Essential Oil is derived from two types of birch tree. The first is the White Birch or Silver Birch, scientifically known as Betula Pendula. The second type of birch tree is the Black Birch or Sweet Birch, scientifically known as Betula Lenta. Even the smell of the birch essential oil is unique because it does not have the same musky and woody smell as the rest of the essential oils derived from trees. In fact, it smells very minty, much like the wintergreen essential oil.
Birch Essential Oil Main Health Benefits
Sweet Birch Essential Oil health benefits are thought to include: anti-arthritic + antibacterial + analgesic + antifungal + anti-inflammatory + antimicrobial + antioxidant + antiseptic + astringent + cicatrisant (skin healing) + expectorant + diaphoretic (induces perspiration) + disinfectant + diuretic + tonic + vulnerary (wound healing)
Birch Essential Oil Traditional Uses
- Fungal / yeast infections including Ringworm
- Pain relief
- Oil pulling / dental health
- Liver detoxification
- Prevents the formation of kidney stones
- Peripheral nerve tonic
- Reduce blood pressure
Birch Essential Oil stimulates and maintains good blood circulation making it very helpful for preventing joint and muscle pains. With excellent analgesic and cortisone-like qualities Sweet Birch Aromatherapy Oil provides relief for muscle and joint pain – making it a firm favourite for suffers of arthritis, rheumatism, peripheral nerve damage and sports injuries.
Birch Essential Oil is an extremely potent antioxidant capable of detoxifying excess fats, uric acid, urea, bio accumulated salts as well as helping the body to eliminate excess water through increased urination and perspiration (diuretic + diaphoretic). Because of these qualities it is excellent for reducing fever bringing about a faster recovery time.
Sweet Birch Essential Oil strengthens hair and facilitates the growth of healthier hair. It also prevents hair from getting too dry or brittle and acts as a great preventative for dandruff. When combined with Rosemary Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil in a base of Jojoba Oil, it makes for the most excellent hair oil, which will out-perform any of the commercially available alternatives.
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Botanical name: Betula lenta L.
Birch Essential Oil Contraindications
Not to be used by children under the age of 16 years of age.
***Exposure to methyl salicylate can cause Reye’s Disease in children.
Do not use during pregnancy or breast feeding.
*** Sweet Birch Aromatherapy Oil (Betula lenta L.) whilst aromatically very different, is very similar to Wintergreen Essential Oil (Gaultheria fragrantissima and Gaultheria procumbens L.) Both contain high levels of methyl salicylate.
- Wintergreen Essential Oil contains 98% methyl salicylate
- Sweet Birch Essential Oil contains 90% methyl salicylate
Methyl salicylate bio-accumulates in the body and can cause toxicity. Thus, Sweet Birch Essential Oil must be used sparingly (must not exceed a 1% dilution), and must only be used acutely, rather than for periods in excess of a couple of weeks.
***6ml of Sweet Birch Essential Oil is approximately equivalent to c. 90 baby aspirins which means both Wintergreen Essential Oil and Sweet Birch Aromatherapy Oil MUST be stored out of the reach of children.
*Must be avoided by those with aspirin allergies, blood clotting disorders and those taking anticoagulant drugs.
Caution is advised for those with asthma, epilepsy or a history of seizures.
A skin test must be performed by those with sensitive skin and connective tissue disorders.
The elderly and those with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or Purpura, (caused by small blood vessels bursting, leaving small amounts of blood to permanently pool under the skin) should proceed with extreme caution or avoid these aromatherapy oils completely.
Since methyl salicylate impacts blood clotting it should be avoided after surgery.
Birch Essential Oil Blends Well With
- Benzoin Essential Oil
- Basil Sweet Essential Oil
- Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
- Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil
- Clary Sage Essential Oil
- Frankincense Carterii Essential Oil
- Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil
- Geranium Essential Oil
- Geranium Rose Essential Oil
- Organic Grapefruit White Essential Oil
- Juniper Berry Essential Oil
- Juniper Needle Essential Oil
- Lavandin Super Essential Oil
- Lavender Spike Essential Oil
- Lavender High Altitude Essential Oil
- Lavender Maillette Essential Oil
- Lavender True Essential Oil
- Organic Lemon Essential Oil
- Patchouli Essential Oil
- Patchouli Light Essential Oil
- Patchouli Dark Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Rosemary Cineol Essential Oil
- Rosemary Camphor Essential Oil
- Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Spearmint Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
Wild As The Wind Essential Oils
Wild As The Wind Essential Oils are premium quality, therapeutic grade aromatherapy oils.
Professional therapists use Wild As The Wind Essential Oils, including Osteopaths and Massage Therapists.
Wild As The Wind Essential Oils are also used domestically, for home remedies as well as in green cleaning products etc.
Wild As The Wind Essential Oils Are Suitable For:
- diffusing & nebulising
- diluting to make body & bath oils (1% dilution)
- using in your household first aid kit (average 2% dilution)
- adding to your shampoos, conditioners & liquid soaps (5 drops per 100ml)
- diluting to make face oils (2% dilution)
- formulating effective household cleaners & sanitisers (average 5% dilution)
Please consult How To Use Essential Oils for more information on how to use aromatherapy oils, and how to blend them.
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