Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Birch essential oil has a surprisingly sharp, powerful aroma. Its distinctive scent promotes a fresh, invigorating atmosphere. When used topically, it creates a unique cooling sensation.
Birch (Betula lenta) is a tree native to the United States and Canada. Birch can grow up to 75–80 feet tall, and it’s sometimes known for its peeling bark. Steam-distilled birch bark produces Birch essential oil.
No, Birch isn’t the same as Wintergreen. Birch essential oil comes from the steam-distilled bark of the Betula lenta tree. Wintergreen comes from steam-distilled Gaultheria fragrantissima—a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas.
However, both Birch and Wintergreen contain the same primary chemical constituent: methyl salicylate. In fact, they’re both over 95% methyl salicylate.
Yes, you can diffuse Birch essential oil. However, it’s quite strong, and the aroma can be overpowering. Keep this detail in mind when you create a diffuser blend with Birch. You’ll only need a drop or two.
Methyl salicylate is commonly used topically to provide occasional relief from mild muscle or joint discomfort.
Birch is considered a sensitive essential oil, so diluting it with a carrier oil is recommended for topical use. The cooling, comforting effect of Birch makes it effective for massages or applying to the muscles and joints.
With its powerful aroma, Birch essential oil can also manage odors and refresh the air.