Birch Sweet Essential Oil
Active ingredient: Methyl salicylate: 97%
Botanical Name: Betula lenta
Plant Part: Bark
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Description: The Birch tree is a graceful tree about 25m high, which has a pyramidal shape while young. It has bright green leaves and a dark reddish-brown aromatic bark, which his broken into plates or patches. Native to southern Canada and southeastern USA; it now grows also in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe.
Color: Colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Aromatic Scent: Birch Sweet has a sweet, sharp, camphoraceous scent that is very fresh and similar to Wintergreen.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Cedarwood, Fir Balsam, Copaiba Balsam, Sandalwood, Spruce and Rosewood.
Uses: The chemical constituents in essential oils such as Birch Sweet Oil are credited with being analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-pryetic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, depurative, diuretic and tonic. It is considered to be an effective addition to many massage oil blends for sore muscles, sprains and painful joints because of these anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.
History: Birch bark was historically used by North American native people as a tonic and beverage, as well as to induce heating and bring on a sweat so as to break a fever.
Cautions: Birch Sweet Oil is potentially toxic and may cause skin irritation. Use in dilution and avoid during pregnancy.
General Information: Sunrise Botanics provides this essential oils guide for educational purposes only and not as medical advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner or resource on essential oil uses, safety and precautions for all essential oils Canada, USA and Worldwide.