Birch oil

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Birch oil is extracted from the leaf buds of the tree of Betula lenta which belongs to the Betulaceae family, and the process employed in its extraction is steam distillation. Betula lenta is often referred to as B. odorata, pendula, B. alba var. pubescens or verrucosa. In common terms this oil is also known as the European white birch or the silver birch.

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Botanical Name Betula lenta
Origin This tree from which Birch oil is extracted originated in the Northern hemisphere. It is capable of growing up to the height of 15 to 20 meters. It is mainly used for decorative purposes. Its branches are slender and the color of its bark is silver white. Its leaves can be described as oval in shape and light green in color. In the ancient times, the buds of this plant were used in some of the hair treatments.
Method of Extraction & Part of Plant Used It is extracted using the process of steam distillation from the leaf buds of Betula lenta.
Properties

The fragrance of Birch oil can be described as balsamic and its color is pale yellow.

Aroma

Its aroma can be described as balsamic.

 

Integrants The chemical composition of this oil consists of salicylic acid, methyl salicylate, betulene and betulenol.
Therapeutic Properties The therapeutic properties contained in Birch oil are that of an analgesic, astringent, antiseptic, depurative, diuretic, disinfectant, febrifuge, tonic and insecticide.
Blends Well With

This oil has the capability to blend with almost all essential oils but its blending properties are excellent with benzoin

Precautions

Even though Birch oil is generally non-irritant, non-toxic and non-sensitizing but it should be avoided during the pregnancy phase as it can cause irritation.

Tonic: Tonic is an agent which helps in the overall promotion of the health. It acts to increase the immunity of any person and it decreases the chances of one getting frequent ill. Birch oil is used as a tonic for the general health promotion purpose.

 

Anti-septic: It is rich in agents like Salicylic Acid and Methyl Salicylate. The presence of these chemicals makes this oil a great anti-septic which can also be used as a disinfectant. Also, these chemicals impart germicidal and bactericidal properties to Birch essential oil. By the use of this oil

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