Birch Tar Essential Oil
Active ingredient: Cadinene: 20-27%
Botanical Name: Betula alba
Plant Part: Bark
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Description: The birch tree is native to North America and grows up to 15-20 meters in height. It has slender branches, silver-white bark broken into scales and light green oval leaves.
Color: Dark brown to orange liquid.
Consistency: Thick and viscous
Aromatic Scent: The scent is reminiscent of tar, charred wood and smoke. Many have compared it to the scent of a campfire.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Cananga, Benzoin, Sandalwood, and Rosemary.
Uses: Essential oils such as Birch Tar Oil have been traditionally used as the active ingredient in tar soap and ointments at 10% for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. When mixed with other essential oils, it has also been used as an insect repellent.
History: The well-known scent of Russian leather is due to the use of Birch Tar in its processing. It imparts durability to leather, and bookbinders have long used it because books bound in Russia leather are not liable to become moldy.
Cautions: May cause irritation to sensitive skin. Avoid use 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.