|BIRCH Betula lenta|
As many are aware there has been relatively little or no genuine sweet Birch essential oil available in recent years (now 2009). It used to be a significant industry in the USA and parts of Europe but over time the industry has slowly died out. DōTERRA has, at this time, found a source and is now offering the only 100% pure Birch essential oil in the world.
Historically, Birch essential oil is used in massage oils for muscular aches and pains. The oil is naturally analgesic, increases urine flow, eases simple water retention. Used in massage it is invigorating, refreshing.
It’s aroma is similar to Wintergreen - which also has a high level of the compound methyl salicyclate. Naturally this makes it a very effective oil for muscular ache relief. It has also been used for arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis, hypertension, and cramps. It is highly anti-inflammatory and is similar to cortisone especially in its benefits for bone, muscle and joint discomfort. It has also been useful in treating calcium deposits and bone spurs.
Birch essential oil has been effective for some with skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and thinning hair. It can also be great for psoriasis, gout, ulcers, and healing of broken or bruised bones. Birch essential oil can reduce bladder and kidney discomfort during an infection. Birch essential oil and Lemon essential oil together can drastically reduce kidney stone pain.
Precautions: It is important to cleanse the liver often if using this oil for a prolonged time. Topically it can be “hot” and a skin test should be used for those with skin sensitivities. Birch, as with other oils with a high concentration of methyl salicylate, should not be used by people with epilepsy and should be typically avoided during pregnancy.
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