Birch essential oil, also known as sweet birch oil, is rich in methyl salicylates and has a long history of use for sore and fatigued muscles. The familiar, soothing aroma of birch oil is reminiscent of the inside of a doctor’s bag in the day of house calls. This therapeutically wide-spectrum stimulating and cleansing oil has a bright, refreshing aroma, and can be kept in mind for restoring comfort to the overworked body and the agitated or cloudy mind.
Birch oil is a purifying, uplifting and stimulating oil that encourages detoxification of the body when inhaled or applied topically. The properties in birch essential oil promote comfort and relaxation, and support the body's own ability to boost effectiveness of it’s healing cycles. These properties render it useful in overcoming feelings of sadness, inertia or fear.
Traditionally, applied topically, birch oil was used as an astringent and was recognized for centuries as among the most effective of toners and tighteners of skin. Its active ingredients of salicylic acid and methyl salicylate make this minty, versatile oil an excellent choice for supporting skin health. Consider adding it in very small concentrations to some of your favorite skin care routines.
In the Diffuser: Birch oil added a drop at a time into your diffuser will cut through heavy air and emotions and will leave an aroma atmosphere that promotes mental clarity and cheer.
Skin Soothe: Combine birch with helichrysum in a carrier oil for a potent soothing blend.
Fatigue Bath: Add a drop or two to a warm bath and enjoy a soothing soak.
Soothing Body Blend (can be used to support the forearms and wrists after repetitive work): 2 drops birch oil, 3 drops helichrysum oil, 2 drops ginger oil, 4 drops marjoram oil in 1/2 oz. carrier oil. Apply topically as needed.
Children's Soothing Blend: 1 drop spearmint oil, 2 drops blue chamomile oil, 2 drops lavender oil in 1/2 oz. carrier oil. Rub over abdomen before bedtime. If diffusing, omit carrier oil.
Both birch bark and wintergreen were popular herbal teas among Native American and European settlers in the 1700's. Today birch bark is used as a fragrance component in men's perfumes, and more extensively as a flavoring agent in chewing gum, toothpaste and especially in root beer.
Birch oil production is in decline as most industries have replaced the natural oil with commercial synthetics. The wintergreen plant, also known as eastern teaberry, produces an essential oil with naturally occurring methyl salicylates and has a very similar smell and traditional use to birch oil.
Betula lenta is also known as black birch or spice birch. As well as supplying essential oil, this tree can also be tapped and a strong syrup can be collected similar to maple syrup, although it is much stronger and similar to molasses.
Safety Considerations for Birch Essential Oil:Though birch essential oil is non-toxic in standard aromatherapeutic dosages (highly diluted), it is a powerful oil that must always be diluted. It contains methyl salicylate, the active ingredient in aspirin. Do not take birch essential oil internally.
Sweet birch oil should not be used near open wounds or mucous membranes. Because the smell is sweet and resembles wintergreen-type candies, it is especially important to keep this, like all essential oils, out of reach of children.
The essential warming property of gingerol, the active ingredient of ginger root, makes it ideal for digestive support. The essential oil can be topically applied in highly diluted form over the abdomen in a compress.
The essential oil, when diffused or inhaled, supports the lungs' natural function of clearing any heaviness or discomfort.
When diffused or massaged into skin (always highly diluted), ginger operates as a tonic and restorative for vital health. Ginger is commonly used in Chinese medicine to strengthen the heart and restore the flow of stagnant chi.
The deeply warming qualities of ginger root essential oil render it useful as a general restorative for emotional depletion, it is effective in revitalizing energy and counteracting exhaustion.
Apply a drop of ginger oil to a tissue or cotton ball for enhancing digestive balance and as a quick support for any discomfort.
Dilute 2 drops ginger essential oil with one tablespoon castor oil as a compress or as a massage oil to support the active parts of your body.
Mix one drop ginger oil with three drops of chamomile and add to a warm bath to soothe an upset belly.
For easy and comfortable breathing, use 4 drops of ginger with a few drops of cardamom essential oil plus two drops of thyme essential oil in steam therapy.
Belly Balance blend: 4 drops ginger, 8 drops peppermint, 8 drops grapefruit, 4 drops fennel, 2 drops nutmeg in 30ml marula or other carrier oil
Wood Crane's Bill: • Deep sense of inner security and acceptance• Trust • Experience of unconditional loving support• Emotional intelligence-responding rather than reacting to life• Soothing, calming, and grounding
Externally:Flower essences can be applied topically to areas of the body, such as the acupuncture or marma points. A few drops can also be added to massage oil, body care products, clearing/room spray (spring water and essential oil blend), and numerous other ways.
Contains: Spring water, 20% organic grape alcohol and infusion of Wood Crane's Bill flower.
Safety:Flower essences are an extremely safe energetic preparation, can be used by everyone including animals. They do not interfere with other botanical preparations, supplements or pharmaceuticals.
Folklore and tradition holds Rowan as a powerful and sacred tree said to cast a bright golden glow. It was called upon in times of need for protection and empowerment. Rowan is boldly decorated with clusters of bright red berries produced from delicate, and seemingly glowing, white flowers. The wild Rowan is found naturally only among birch trees with a tendency to grow taller and extend past the canopy of the surrounding flora. Our Rowan flower essence was made in a magical place, the oldest and largest forest in Iceland. This Rowan tree watches over a huge glacial river, where it is said that an ancient worm lives and protects the golden ring. Iceland's rich folklore is currently alive and well; we have heard that the worm was last seen few months ago.
Rowan flower essence is grounding, centering, and immensely strengthening. Rowan works to remove dark thoughts and enhances the ability to forgive. It helps to integrate, heal and release the past. It can be used to release deeply suppressed emotional pain and patterns of self-rejection, self-pity, hopelessness, desperation and pessimism.
Rowan strengthens the Wei qi, our protective shield, to enhance inner stability. Rowan opens and flows the Qi (Life force) in the acupuncture channels, in particular, and enhances the flow of Qi in the extremities. It may be useful for those people experiencing decreased flow in the hands and feet due to health challenges (use with Helichrysum EO).Key words related to Rowan:• Inner Strength • Forgiveness• Peace• Purges Darkness & Negativity• Protective
* Please note:Flower essences are an odorless energetic preparation of a flower and are therefore distinct from a essential oils.How to Use:Due to the energetic nature of flower essences, it is important to not let the glass dropper touch anything other than the flower essence itself in order to keep the essence as potent as possible.Flower essences have an extremely high level of safety and can be used by people of all ages without concern. Flower essences are great for animals too.Internally:1-2 drops on the tongue, four times a day or as desired. They can also be added to spring water and sipped on throughout the day. Externally:Flower essences can be applied topically to areas of the body, such as the acupuncture or marma points. A few drops can also be added to baths, massage oil, body care products, clearing/room spray (spring water and essential oil blend), and numerous other ways.What are flower essences?Flower essences are a bioenergetic imprint of a flower that has been transferred and stabilized in water. It is the Qi or the Life Force of a flower that has been captured in water. Flower essences are an important tool to address issues related to and rooted in the emotions, mind and soul. Flower essences as a primary treatment for what Traditional Chinese Medicine calls Shen or Spirit, which is a term referring to our psychological health and wellbeing. Each flower is profoundly intelligent and holds specific transformational information found in nature that can help us realize our true nature and help us shift out of self-limiting, self-destructive patterns and behaviors.Flower essences support physical healing by optimizing body, mind and spirit wellbeing. Since flower essences are energetic in nature, their benefits are not due to a direct bio-chemical interaction with the body but instead work on the various energy pathways and fields, such as the acupuncture meridians, to create balance and harmony.See Flower Essence IndicationsWatch a Video on Therapeutics, Applications and How They Differ from Essential Oils
This Snowline Wintergreen with its white and pink bell-shaped flowers was found growing nestled among a bed of horsetail inside an old birch forest. Frequently found in mountain snowbeds, this plant prefers to grow in woodland hollows and on slopes and hillsides.
Snowline Wintergreen is a delicate and strikingly beautiful flower. This flower essence works to reduce stress by way of energetically flowing the Liver Qi. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. When the body's Qi or life-force is flowing properly, stress, imbalance and tension are reduced.
This flower essence can be used to balance the flow of energy in the body, reducing stress and enhancing emotional equilibrium. It may also help with seasonal imbalances.
Externally: Flower essences can be applied topically to areas of the body, such as the acupuncture or marma points. A few drops can also be added to massage oil, body care products, clearing/room spray (spring water and essential oil blend), and numerous other ways.
Ingredients: Spring water, 20% organic grape alcohol and infusion of snowline wintergreen flower.
Why organic grape alcohol?It is a superior preservative with no GMO concerns.If one is desiring to not consume alcohol, the flower essence can be applied topically or diluted in a large glass of spring water and sipped on throughout the day. In a typical dose of flower essence (1-2 drops) the alcohol content is extremely low.