Birch essential oil is extracted through both the White Birch and the Silver Birch. With disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, detoxifying and astringent properties, the oil is commonly used for natural medicinal purposes.
Birch Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
1. Prevents Bacterial Infections
Birch essential oil contains salicylic acid and methyl salicylate, two compounds that are known for their antibacterial properties. Birch oil can help protect the skin from bacterial infections. (1)
2. Helps Reverse Diabetes Naturally
Birch oil is a natural stimulant. It works to stimulate the nervous, circulatory, digestive and excretory systems. Birch oil also stimulates the endocrine glands, resulting in more secretions of enzymes and essential hormones. This secretion can help enhance insulin production and control blood sugar levels.
3. Reduces Pain
Birch essential oil can help relieve pain the joints and muscles, as well as pain caused by headaches and toothaches. The oil’s antispasmodic properties can also help naturally relieve cramping throughout the body. (2)
4. Relieves Arthritis Symptoms
By stimulating the circulatory system birch essential oil can help relieve pain caused by improper circulation, such as edema, rheumatism and arthritis symptoms. Birch oil also has detoxifying properties that work to remove harmful toxins from the body, which are often to blame for circulatory disorders.
5. Works as a Skin Toner
Birch oil is a natural skin toner thanks to its powerful astringent properties. The oil can be applied topically in low dosages to reduce wrinkles and sagging, while strengthening and tightening the skin.
6. Detoxifies the Body
Birch essential oil’s ability to detoxify the body helps remove toxins such as uric acid from the blood. By increasing urination and perspiration, the oil helps purify the blood and flush out harmful substances.
7. Treats Skin Diseases
The salicylic acid and methyl salicylate in birch essential oil can be used to treat skin disease, including eczema, ringworm and other infections. Use birch oil topically in small dosages to treat skin problems. (3)
8. Promotes Urination
The diuretic properties of birch oil can prove beneficial to the body in may ways. As a natural diuretic, birch oil can help remove toxins from the body, cure infections, lower blood pressure levels and cleanse the kidneys.
9. Works as a Tonic
When you’re felling under the weather, try using birch oil as a natural tonic. The oil gives the immune system a boost while providing the body with feelings of warmth, strength and vitality.
10. Prevents Fungal Infections
The components in birch oil aren’t just antibacterial, they’re also anti-fungal. The salicylic acid and methyl salicylate birch oil contains can help protect the skin from dangerous fungal infections.
Caution: Pregnant women should avoid using birch essential oil due to its powerful effects. Sweet birch oil (Betula Lenta) can be toxic and may cause skin irritations and unwanted reactions.