Birch

Birch
betula lenta

Birch essential oil has a long history of use with sore and fatigued muscles. Native Americans took birch for many various digestive issues including diarrhea and indigestion. It can help relieve symptoms of arthritis, reduce chronic inflammation associated with gout, support kidney detox and can encourage improved circulation. Birch oil stimulates the nervous, and sensory systems providing a feeling of confidence and a sense of peace and calm.

One of Birch’s active ingredients is methyl salicylate (the active ingredient in aspirin) which is analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antirheumatic. This is why it is used so often for muscle ache, joint pain and acute pain.

Blends well with lavender and peppermint.

Uses:

Kidney Detox:  Dilute with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into skin. This can aid in the removal of toxins through an increase in perspiration and urination.

Mood/Self-esteem:  Diffuse or apply a mixture of 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the back of your neck, wrists and/or the soles of your feet.

Muscle pain/Spasms:  Mix 2-3 drops with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil, etc.) and massage into the area.

Therapeutic properties:

Analgesic
Antiarthritic
Anti-inflammatory
Antirheumatic
Antiseptic
Antispasmodic
Antiviral
Carminative
Diuretic
Sedative

Safety:

Avoid if you have a bleeding or seizure disorder, are having surgery, taking blood thinning medication or have ADHD.  Do not use if you are elderly or in poor health.  If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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