Birch is a deciduous tree and comes in two varieties. These two kinds of birch known as Black Birch, Sweet Birch, or Cherry Birch whose botanical name is Betula Lenta and Silver Birch or White Birch, whose botanical name is Betula Pendula which was previously known as Betula Alba. The main organic chemical compounds that make up birch are Betulene, Betulenol, Methyl Salicylate, and Salicylic Acid. The essential oil is steam distilled from the tree bark. The bark is harvested often in Canada.
Botanical Name: Betula lenta
Aroma Description: Sweet, sharp, camphorous
Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, warming
Uses: Can be used topically and aromatically.
It has an amazing scent – definitely NOT woody like you would expect, but rather minty! In researching the common uses for this particular scent, I did notice that you should avoid using Birch during pregnancy, if you have a history of epilepsy, or are allergic to methyl salicylate. It appears there are several uses for Birch but the one I will be using it for the most is in the diffuser for it’s calming peaceful scent. – Gwen S.
To me this oil smells just like spearmint, which I love! I also like how Birch oils has a number of great uses for it. Just to name one; you can use it if you’re dealing with sore muscles or joints. This is a good essential oil if you’re dealing with arthritis. Although this oil is not meant for internal use, you can always use it in a diffuser, or put a couple of drops in your hand and inhale it. – Jerry B.
I use this oil mixed with coconut oil and water in spray bottle. I use it to freshen up my yoga mat or just as a body mister. It blended very well with my other oils and I only needed about 3 drops for a 1 ounce spray bottle. – Gina T.
I make my own cleaning products and love birch essential oil. It is a great natural cleaner and I mix it with tea tree oil in all of my home cleaning products. It also has a very nice scent. – Monique L.
Precautions: Not to be used during pregnancy. Do not take birch essential oil internally.