Birch Essential Oil
Birch oil smells like wintergreen candy and is similar to wintergreen oil in composition, containing 98 percent methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate is best known in its synthesized form as aspirin, and birch oil is used for the much of the same symptoms: pain relief and anti-inflammatory action.
Birch oil is produced mostly in the United Stated from trees of the Betulaceae family, Betula lenta, B. nigra and B. alleghaniensis. The oil is distilled from the bark and has a fragrant, sweet, warm scent that is familiar in liniments and ointments used for muscular and articular aches.
The oil has the properties of being analgesic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, a circulatory stimulant and lymphatic drainer. It is used for rheumatism, arthritis, tendonitis and muscular and articular pains, as it relieves the pain, inflammation and helps remove the toxins from the inflamed areas. It also can also be used for kidney and urinary tract disorders and is an excellent treatment for cellulite. It is used with some skin disorders, such as psoriasis.
Birch oil has a mild level of toxicity and should be used with care. Do not use it during pregnancy. Keep it out of the reach of children, as it smells like candy and can be a temptation.
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