Common Name: Birch (Sweet) Essential Oil
Synonyms: B. capinefolia, cherry birch, southern birch, mahogony birch, mountain mahogany
Latin Binomial: Betula lenta
Production Method: steam distillation of bark
Countries of Origin: Canada and USA (mailnly Pennsylvania)
Description of Oil: Colorless, pale yellow or red tinted with a sweet woody, refreshing scent.
Description of Plant: Large woodland tree distinguished by catkins (slim cylindrical flower clusters).They have slim downward pointing brancheswith serrated oval leaves.
History, Folklore and Myth: Centuries old medicinal wine has been from the sap with a link to warding off evil spirits. It's main chemical ingredient gives asparin indicating pain relieving properties.
Properties and Uses: A stimulant, and diuretic. Birch also has analgesic, anti-inflammatory,antiseptic, rubefacient, and detoxifying actions.
Precautions and Contraindications: Possible skin irritatant when undiluted.
Other Interesting Information: The layer just under the bark has been stipped and eaten like vermicelli in the spring.
Potentially toxic. Use sparingly and highly diluted. Should not be used when pregnant/lactating or by children or babies.