Is the birch essential oil okay to use?

Birch oil (Betula lenta)

The essential oil is obtained by distilling a tarry substance from the bark of the birch, which at first has nothing at all lovely about it. But from it you then make the wonderful essential oil, which exudes its gentle and balsamic scent.

This oil contains a lot of natural salicat, which is a natural remedy for pain and also has an anti-inflammatory effect.

The birch oil

The birch is a deciduous tree that is very common in our country and belongs to the birch family. This tree family can be found almost all over the northern earth. It is very undemanding and also grows on poor soil. In spring, fresh green leaves appear, which are considered a herald of spring.

Birch oil and winter green oil have the same therapeutic properties and practically the same chemical composition. And although winter green oil is predominantly used nowadays because it is produced on a large scale and is accordingly cheap, birch oil should also be mentioned, if only because the scent is richer than that of winter green oil.

The special bark of the birch, which shines so untypically white, has several healing properties, but just like the birch leaves, which have been known for their diuretic properties for a long time.

Birch essential oil is an almost transparent oil that is obtained by steam distilling the bark.

Birch tar oil, on the other hand, is made from the bark of the silver birch, downy birch or sand birch. It is a dark liquid that is distilled from birch tar and which is not actually an essential oil.

Another birch oil, birch bud oil, is obtained by steam distilling the buds of the silver birch.


Direction of fragrance of the birch oil

The birch oil has a gentle, lovely and balsamic scent, it is very refreshing. The birch tar oil has a smoky scent, the oil of the birch buds, on the other hand, smells gently and balsamic again.


Possible uses of birch oil

As mentioned, birch oil has all the therapeutic properties of winter green oil, e.g. it is helpful for arthritic diseases and breathing difficulties.

Birch essential oil contains a lot of methyl salicylate, a precursor to aspirin. Therefore, birch oil should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin. In addition, this oil should only be applied to the skin in dilutions below 25%, so that too much of the salicylates cannot penetrate the skin into the tissue.

The salicat it contains has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. The oil helps with wounds, injuries, inflammations or burns.

It helps with respiratory diseases such as chronic mucus, but is especially soothing for joint and muscle pain and is also good for lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, fibromyalgia, etc.
Birch oil is added with rubs and ointments that are supposed to help relieve muscle and joint pain.

Together with its analgesic (pain-relieving) effect, the birch also has a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogic (menstrual-promoting), galactagogic (milk-forming) and a stimulating effect on the respiratory tract, for example as a cough suppressant. Inhaling the light aroma of the birch tree deeply can cleanse the sinuses and stimulate the mind. Mixtures with ravensara and / or eucalyptus are also suitable.

This light green birch oil with its intense aroma, which smells slightly sweet and woody, should definitely be diluted before use. But then it is wonderfully suitable for muscle pain.

Birch oil is also good for skin complaints, it can be used to cleanse the skin, or for skin diseases such as eczema and rashes.

If you suffer from sweaty feet, you can also use this oil, even if you suffer from hair loss - the birch oil is also said to stimulate hair growth. Simply add a few drops of oil to a shampoo.

But first back to skin care: The birch oil is said to be particularly effective in treating cellulite, the so-called orange peel from which many women suffer. You can take advantage of this effect by adding a few drops of birch oil to a carrier oil, for example apricot oil, and massaging the legs with it. In this case, the birch oil can also be used as an addition to bath mixes or for compresses.



People afflicted by rheumatism will also love the birch: The essential birch oil also helps here as a rubbing in to alleviate the symptoms, as well as for inflammation of the urinary tract, where it can be used as a diuretic (flushing agent).

Many people also know the birch scent from the sauna, where it is traditionally used. This scent is very refreshing and stimulating, the scent of the birch cheers us up and harmonizes.

Birch oil goes well with spicy scents such as juniper and conifer.

 

 

 

 

Birch oil


Birch oil has a particularly good effect if you suffer from mucus. In general, it can be said that birch oil has a particularly good effect on the respiratory tract. This is not least due to its antibacterial property, which ensures that pathogenic bacteria are attacked. But it can also fight other pathogens such as viruses or fungi.

But back to the mucus: the birch oil has a very strong expectorant effect. This is particularly helpful if you suffer from chronic congestion in the lungs. This oil ensures that the mucus liquefies and can thus be coughed up better.

Birch oil for joint pain and muscle pain

Like coriander oil, birch oil has a strong analgesic effect, and birch oil also promotes blood circulation.

This is especially helpful if you have muscle pain, for example after too much exercise or work, or if your joints are sore.

Birch oil is therefore often used in sports oils or in massage oils, so that painful joints and muscles can be calmed down.

The birch oil makes it difficult for the pain signals to be passed on to the brain, which is why the pain is no longer perceived as such.



In addition, the blood circulation in the body is generally increased, which means that the area massaged with this oil warms up and thus relaxes. The pain gradually gets better.

Against lumbago, nerve pain and sciatica

The birch oil can also help against lumbago. Lumbago is a very intense, sudden pain in the area of ​​the lumbar vertebrae. The affected people feel so painful that they no longer want to move.

Due to its pain-relieving effect, birch oil can at least partially provide relief, especially if you rub it regularly over and over again on the affected areas.

This pain-relieving effect can also be used for pain caused by the sciatic nerve.

This sciatic nerve or this nerve cord leads from the lumbar spine to the legs.

If something is wrong with the sciatic nerve, it can cause severe pain or numbness in the legs. Regular rubbing with the birch oil can bring relief here.

However, it should be said that the oil alone cannot cure these complaints. Exercise therapy in expert hands should be considered.

Incidentally, the birch oil also helps against other nerve pain. It is often sufficient to regularly massage the area in which the pain occurs with a little of the oil.


Birch oil for gout


Gout is an extremely serious and particularly painful disease of the body's metabolism. Affected people have too high a uric acid level in the blood, which leads to the fact that very fine uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints. There these crystals cause severe pain through friction.

As a further consequence, the kidneys are impaired in their function and damaged.

Birch oil is known as a uric acid-dissolving and supportive agent that can help against the causes of gout. However, this essential oil cannot fight the disease, but it can alleviate the symptoms and discomfort. This happens because the birch oil dissolves the crystals from the affected joints due to its uric acid dissolving properties.

Due to the pronounced pain-relieving healing effect of this oil, it also combats the often long-lasting painful conditions.


Birch oil for dandruff and hair loss

Dandruff can develop quickly if the scalp is too dry. In addition, dry scalp usually starts to itch a lot. As a result of this itching, the affected people begin to scratch their heads, so that the scales are even more loosened and thus become visible. The birch oil has a moisturizing effect and can therefore help against a too dry scalp. In addition, the scalp is particularly well cared for and the formation of dandruff can be suppressed.

When it comes to hair loss, it can be said that it can have a wide variety of causes. This of course includes age-related causes, hormone-related causes or diseases.

Birch oil is particularly good at stimulating blood circulation in the scalp, which is why hair may be preserved longer if you have age-related hair loss.



Birch oil for injuries

If you are injured and have an open wound, there is always a risk that pathogens will enter the body through the wound.
The birch oil is characterized by an excessively good anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect, which allows it to protect against the pathogens.

However, you should always keep in mind that the birch oil has a very good blood circulation effect, which is why it should not be used to treat wounds that are still bleeding.

Birch oil for the skin

Birch oil is known as a particularly good skin oil. For example, it has a skin-tightening and astringent effect that women can take advantage of in the fight against cellulite.
This cellulite is also called orange peel and is caused by water retention in the deeper tissue under the skin. The essential birch oil has a firming effect and literally pushes the water retention out of this connective tissue. This prevents the formation of further cellulite and improves existing cellulite.

One of the biggest skin problems faced by teenagers is acne and pimples. Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, birch oil can also be used here.



Birch oil against rheumatism

Birch oil contains an active ingredient called methyl salicylate, which is responsible for the analgesic effect. This active ingredient, as we know today, is a precursor to aspirin, the well-known pain reliever.
If you put a few drops of this oil in a hot full bath, you can relieve rheumatic pain with it.



Caution - side effects

Normally, birch oil is unlikely to have any side effects, if at all, only if you use very high doses or if you use the oil over a very long period of time.

Most of the side effects are triggered by the ingredient methyl salicylate. If you ingest too much of it, it can lead to stomach and kidney problems.

Please do not use this oil during pregnancy.


Possible applications

Please never apply the birch oil to the skin in its pure form, as it has a strong irritant effect.

Always dilute this oil with some carrier oil. To do this, take a tablespoon of oil and add up to five drops of birch oil.

If you want to use the birch oil against dandruff, just add five drops to the shampoo.