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
Key words related to 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.
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