Birch essential oil: invigorate & soothe

Birch essential oil is created through the dry distillation of birch wood. Often called birch tar, birch essential oil has a thicker, sap-like consistency that makes it unsuitable for use in ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers.

Birch essential oil’s thick, resin-like consistency and natural stickiness has meant birch tar has been used as a natural adhesive dating all the way back to the Middle Palaeolithic era. As early as 5,000 years ago, there is evidence that birch tar was used as a chewing gum.

More modern everyday uses of birch essential oil are as a disinfectant as well as a coating to create water-resistant leather material.

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Birch essential oil has a number of therapeutic benefits including:

Muscle and joint pain: For tired, sore and achey muscles or ongoing joint pain and inflammation, dilute 3-4 drops of birch essential oil into one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil and apply the mixture to the affected area. Repeat the application process as often as necessary.

Arthritis and gout treatment: Birch essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which makes it the perfect essential oil for treating inflammation associated with arthritis and gout. Blend 3-4 drops of birch essential oil into one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil and apply it directly to all affected areas. For more powerful anti-inflammation benefits, add more birch essential oil to your carrier oil. The Essential Life recommends adding the oil a single drop at a time to avoid creating a mixture that is too strong.

Breaking a fever: To assist in breaking a fever, apply a single drop of birch essential oil to the base of your spine. If your symptoms persist or worsen, The Essential Life recommends seeking medical attention immediately.

Alleviate cramps and symptoms of PMS: For cramps, stomach upset and bloating associated with PMS, dilute 3-4 drops of birch essential oil into one tablespoon of your favourite carrier oil and massage the mixture in clockwise circles on your abdomen.

Blending with birch essential oil

Birch essential oil has a minty aroma similar to that of wintergreen essential oil. The minty scent of birch means it blends well with citrus essential oils like bergamot, orange and neroli essential oil. For a soothing and calming blend, try blending birch with a woody essential oil like cedarwood, cypress or fir. To help calm your nerves, release anxiety and alleviate stress, blend birch essential oil with lavender essential oil.

Where to buy birch essential oil

Birch can be a difficult essential oil to source, however, its powerful therapeutic properties and refreshing aroma make it worth your while. If you’re looking to add birch essential oil to your essential oil collection, you can purchase it here.

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