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 in addition to using the trees for building purposes. Our Birch essential oil is steam-distilled from the bark of Canadian Birch trees.
Botanical Name: Betula Lenta
Country of Origin: Canada
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Bark
Aromatic Scent: Sweet, Sharp, Camphoraceous, Similar to Wintergreen
Blends well with: Rosemary, Jasmine, Oregano, Sandalwood, and Cardamom
Birch is an intense warming essential oil and is great to add to massage blends. Aromatically, it has a sweet, minty scent very similar to Wintergreen. Topically, it quickly causes a warming sensation and should always be applied with a carrier oil, even to very oily skin, as the oil tends to have a remarkable drying effect on skin. Diffuse in the air or apply topically in 2–5% dilution (18–45 drops of oil to a 30ml bottle of a carrier oil).
Birch and Wintergreen are nearly identical in their chemical and DNA make-up, the difference is that in their DNA, one was told to be a bush and the other a tree. Native Americans bit folded layers of Birch bark to create intricate designs. Additionally, cultures across the world have used Birch for a variety of uses including building materials, teas, dyes, glues, and even making intsruments and speakers!
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Undiluted oil not intended for topical use. May irritate eyes and skin. If pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your doctor or health practitioner before use. Infant use discouraged.
NOTE: 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.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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