Top 5 Birch Essential Oil Uses

Birch Essential Oil Uses

The birch may be one of the most versatile trees on the planet. Its wood is prized for making sturdy but flexible long boards; its extracts are used for everything from leather oil to food flavoring; its twigs are popular in saunas; its ground bark is used in boat sail seasoning; its seeds are used in model making, its sap is a popular beverage, and so on and so on. No doubt, few trees are as well known for as many things as birch, which may explain why up until very recently, finding birch essential oil made from the tree’s silvery leaves was all but impossible. Thankfully, in only the last couple of years, birch essential oil uses can be taken advantage of again now that pure, quality oil has again been made available.

Most people are familiar with essential oil uses like aromatherapy or diffusion, where the scent or essence of an essential plant oil is inhaled to take advantage of its mental and physical benefits. Some oils, like birch, can be used in other ways as well, such as topically or even internally. However, anyone considering birch essential oil uses that requires topical application or ingestion should speak to a health care provider first before use. The oil is considered “hot,” and may cause skin irritation due to toxicity, so it demands both dilution and a skin test before use. Internal use of the oil may lead to health problems and liver damage.

Birch is a unique tree that has an inspiring biological history. It’s famed in Europe for its wide range of uses, but also for its resiliency. At the time that the ice caps in the area began their retreat, birch trees quickly moved in to claim the destroyed land the caps left behind in an opportunist-like frenzy. It can be said that the tree is a natural environmental stimulant, which is fitting since this property comprises most birch essential oil uses, like some of the best five found below.

1. Bone, Muscle and Joint Pain: Few plant oils bear both analgesic and anti inflammatory properties all at once, but birch oil holds this delightful distinction, explaining why it’s such a popular alternative remedy for pain relief. By reducing swelling and relieving various sources of pain at the same time, birch essential oil uses are thought to include everything from tendonitis to rheumatism. More study will be needed to better understand the true scope of pain relieving benefits attributed to birch oil, but testimonials of its use for discomfort are not uncommon, and some swear by birch oil for fast relief of toothache pain, too!

2. Skin Conditions: Many skin conditions are caused from a combination of pathogenic sources and uncomfortable inflammation as a result. Perhaps this is why numerous birch essential oil uses relate to skin care. It’s thought to be a potent natural disinfectant and antiseptic that also boasts inflammation reducing properties, too. This combination of benefits are likely why some believe it’s useful in diluted, topical application for psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and even ringworm.

3. Kidney Stones: When combined with lemon oil, birch essential oil is said to be incredibly effective for kidney stones. Of course, some of this relates to the oil’s natural pain relieving (analgesic) properties. But, birch essential oil is also considered a natural diuretic, and increased urine flow and increased urine production may both be valuable in terms of helping flush kidney stones out. Diluted, external application (even in a therapeutic massage) is likely the best way to take advantage of these birch essential oil uses.

4. Detoxification: Perhaps using birch oil in aromatherapy or diffusion may have more healthful benefits than stress relief alone. Some proponents of detoxification, where the body’s natural efforts to rid itself of toxins and pollutants is enhanced with natural or commercial agents, believe that birch essential oil uses may include boosting the production of perspiration. In turn, increased sweat production, it’s hypothesized, may help remove physiological toxins and also help speed recovery time in the case of some illnesses, such as those that present with a fever. Diuretic and depurative properties also lend to the oil’s role as a natural detoxification agent.

5. Aging Skin: When combined with a carrier oil to prevent irritation, some attest that birch essential oil uses may include helping to reverse the signs of aging. Birch is considered to be a natural astringent, as a result may help tighten, tone and firm skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. These benefits are not useful for skin alone, however. Birch oil may also help improve the condition of muscles, hair and even the gums.