Origin: UK. Steam distilled from the bark of the tree. Top note.
Sweet Birch essential oil is from a tree (the yellow and black species of this genus). Some of its countries of origin are Canada, Holland, Germany and the eastern USA. The bark is macerated in warm water before being steam distilled to produce an essential oil that is clear to yellowish in color.
Birch essential oil contains one major constituent, methyl salicylate (up to 98%!), which was first identified in willow trees, and is more commonly known as the original ingredient in aspirin. Birch essential oil is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and a blood cleanser. It is great for all kinds of muscular pain and, because of its diuretic and blood cleansing abilities, it helps to drain toxins, which cause the pain in arthritis and rheumatism. In treating cellulite, Birch essential oil partners up well with Rosemary essential oil, Geranium essential oil, Black Pepper essential oil and Juniper essential oil to help eliminate toxins, while the diuretic action helps reduce water retention.
Birch can be found in the following kits: