The Betula lenta tree has dark red bark with a sweet scent very similar to wintergreen. The tree has been used for hundreds of years – Native Americans pounded the bark and used it in poultices and warming teas. Our birch essential oil is steam-distilled from the bark of Canadian birch trees.
Birch is a very warming essential oil and is great to add to massage blends. Aromatically, it has a sweet, wintergreen scent. Topically, it quickly causes warming. It should always be applied with a carrier oil, even to very oily skin, as the topical application has a remarkable drying effect. Diffuse or apply in 2-5% dilution.
Birchbark was historically used by North American native people as a tonic and beverage to bring on a sweat and to induce heating.
Birch has a naturally high concentration of salicylates, which are similar to aspirin in its ability to thin the blood. It is also very sweet, which makes birch essential oil a hazard for children.