Birch oil is rare oil which has myriad health benefits. Its most therapeutic uses involve external application especially for sore, cramped muscles and for skin or scalp irritations. The Birch bark is often distilled with wintergreen leaves and birch oil has often been substituted for wintergreen. This decorative tree is native to the northern hemisphere and grows up to 15-20 meters in height. In Scandinavia, young birch leaflets and twigs are bound into bundles and used in the sauna to tone the skin and promote the circulation.
Properties of Birch Oil
The Birch oil has a bitter, pungent taste with cooling, moisturizing energy. The typical properties of this oil include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant and warming.
Blending of Birch Oil
It mixes well with Wintergreen oil, Eucalyptus oil, Myrtle oil, Juniper oil, Orange oil, Lavender oil, Pine oil, Fir oil and Rosemary oil.
Health Benefits of Birch Oil
It stimulates the nervous, circulatory, digestive and excretory systems.
It is capable of reducing body temperature during fever by promoting perspiration.
It also helps to remove toxins from the body through sweat during fever.
It reduces pain in the joints and muscles.
It is helpful during headaches and toothaches.
It provides relief in diseases associated with improper circulation such as edema, rheumatism, and arthritis.
It purifies the blood by removing toxins like uric acid from the blood through increased urination and perspiration.
It promotes digestion and helps people to loose weight.
It lowers blood pressure.
It can also be used for external application for sore, cramped muscles, and skin irritation.
Other Uses of Birch Oil
It is used as massage oil for compresses and bath.
It is excellent for hair growth.
It is sometimes used in after-shave lotions because it has a smell reminiscent of leather.
Can be applied directly to the skin for young or sensitive skin. However, one should consult with an expert before applying as it may cause irritation.
Caution about Birch Oil
This oil should not be used on a person, who is underweight. Pregnant women should also avoid birch oil.
(Last Updated on : 30-12-2014)
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