Essential oils play an important role in promoting wellness of our minds and bodies. One example of an oil that restores comfort and tranquility is birch essential oil. Not only does it have a vibrant and energizing smell, but it also has a wide variety of health benefits.
I don’t know about you, but for me birch is kind of a precious oil. Things that are precious to me, I tend to not use. I am working on changing that about myself. Do you ever have a favorite food and save it and then it goes bad? I do! Don’t be me, and use your birch essential oil. There are so many wonderful things about this oil.
Where Does Birch Essential Oil Come From?
Birch essential oil comes from the pulverized bark of the birch tree. In the 1700s, early Native Americans used birch bark and wintergreen as ingredients for their herbal teas.
Today, several industries incorporate birch bark into many of their products. Some companies use it as a fragrance component in men’s perfumes and colognes. You can also find it in some toothpaste, chewing gum, and root beer for added flavor. Both birch tree and wintergreen plants produce oils with nearly the same use and aroma. Wintergreen plant is also known as eastern teaberry.
There are two types of birch trees: Betula pendula and Betula lenta. People know Betula pendula as white birch or silver birch. Common names of Betula lenta are black birch, sweet birch, or cherry birch.
The birch oil is a product of a method known as steam distillation. First in the process is the removal of the bark of the birch tree. Powdering of the bark follows, then next is steam distillation to extract the essential oil. Several components make up the birch essential oil. These are salicylic acid, methyl salicylates, betulene, and betulenol.
Birch oil has a fresh, minty aroma; a sharp and familiar fragrance that is soothing and calming. Birch oil also promotes relaxation to an overworked mind and body. The bright and refreshing smell can make a person forget his or her problems.
Benefits and Uses of Birch Essential Oil
Birch essential oil has many health benefits, one of which is that it is an anti-inflammatory agent that can fight bacterial and fungal infections. The oil is able to protect the skin from such infections due to the action of its components. Salicylic acid and methyl salicylate are popular bactericides in the field of medicine. Some lotions and creams incorporate birch oil to support skin problems.
Birch oil can also assist our blood and detoxify our bodies. It is a natural diuretic, promoting urination due to its component, betulenol. Regular urination removes toxins from the body. This aspect makes it more manageable to support the urinary tract system. It also cleanses the kidneys.
Birch oil is a natural stimulant that stimulates our body systems. These include our digestive, nervous, and excretory systems. It can boost the endocrine glands to produce more enzymes and hormones. Because of this ability, birch oil can support the occurrence of hormone-related illnesses.
Birch oil also stimulates the circulatory system. When circulation is good, the body prevents the occurrence of certain diseases. These include edema or swelling, arthritis, and rheumatism. Its detoxifying ability also helps lower the risk of acquiring circulatory diseases.
Birch essential oil can also be used as a skin toner. Regular use can reduce wrinkles and sagging of skin and underlying muscles. Its astringent property also makes it useful for tightening the skin. It can also strengthen the hair and gums.
Birch oil can also lower fever by promoting sweating. It can also reduce joint and muscle pains, toothaches, and headaches. Applying the oil also relieves cramping throughout the body.
Birch oil is non-toxic in standard dosages, like when used in aromatherapy. One of its components, methyl salicylate, is an active ingredient in aspirin. This makes it not advisable to consume the oil. Also, you should not use sweet birch oil on or near open wounds because it can cause skin irritations.
Birch Essential Oil Cautions
It is advisable for pregnant women not to use birch oil. Like other essential oils, parents should also keep it away from children. Children may confuse the oil with wintergreen-type candies because of the similar aromas.
How To Apply Birch Essential Oil
You can apply birch oil in a variety of ways. It can relax fatigued muscles by adding a drop of birch in some carrier massage oil and then rubbing it on the desired area. Combined with helichrysum in a carrier oil, birch oil also makes a soothing blend perfect for the skin. People can also add the oil one drop at a time into a diffuser. This creates an aroma that clears the mind and promotes comfort and vitality.
Muscle Cramp Roller Bottle Blend
Use your birch essential oil in a blend to help with miscellaneous muscle cramps. Combine ingredients into a 10ml glass roller bottle and give it a shake to mix oils well. Use the roll-on applicator and apply to sore muscles as needed. Made at a 2% dilution ratio.
- 2 Drops Birch
- 1 Drop Eucalyptus
- 1 Drop Peppermint
- 1 Drop Rosemary
- Fractionated Coconut Oil (fill bottle after adding essential oils)
Additional Read —- How to properly dilute essential oils.
Birch Oil Pairs Well With
Several oils combine well with birch oil to come up with an aromatic and calming formula. Its minty fragrance blends well with several types of oils such as citrus oils. Woody and balsamic oils such as rosemary, sandalwood, and jasmine also blend well with birch.
Birch Essential Oil Diffuser Blend
Birch oil smells AMAZING! I guess in my head I would think it would smell woodsy. It doesn’t however. Try this blend in your diffuser and see what you think!
- 3 Drops Birch
- 2 Drops Orange
- 1 Drop Sandalwood
Give it a shot and let us know what you think!
As Always Use Essential Oils Responsibly
As with any essential oils available in the market, birch essential oil offers many health benefits. But always remember to use it well so that you do not have to worry about possible side effects. Enjoy and reap all the goodness this oil brings.