Birch is a tree grown in bitter climates that occur throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Siberia to Scandinavia, Scotland, England, and North America, the Himalayas, Japan, North Korea, and China. Some species have travelled south to the temperate regions of the Mediterranean and beyond (almost to the equator). The woodsy essential oil is steam distilled from wood and has a similar chemical make-up to Wintergreen. Birch Sweet is from the Betulaceae or Birch family, which has about six different genera, one hundred and twenty species, and it can reach a height of up to 30m. They reach maturity at around fifty years of age but can live up to one hundred years.
In the early 1900s, Sweet Birch was plentiful in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where mountaineers would use crude stills to steam the wood to produce oil. About a hundred slight sapling birch trees were required (on average) to be chopped and ground to extract a quart of oil. The quart then sold this to country storekeepers, making its way in turn to wholesale druggists who would then refine it and use it for flavouring in sweets, medicine and drugs.
Birch leaves are beneficial as a diuretic and have previously been employed in treating rheumatism, arthritis, and gout. They also earned a reputation for dissolving stones. The diuretic action also helps to relieve oedematous conditions and urine retention. Birch has a historical tradition of being used by Native Americans and early European settlers to flavour their tea. They had reason to believe that the oil could offer support to your circulatory system, maintain a healthy urinary tract, and promote radiant skin.
Benefits & Uses
- Relieves joint and muscle pain.
- Reduces wrinkles and sagging skin.
- Protects the skin from bacterial infections.
- Removes toxins from the body.
- Can purify the blood and lower blood sugar levels.
Birch Sweet Essential Oil