BIRCH, White ( Betula alba )
Birch is used to treat chronic skin conditions, particularly psoriasis and eczema. It also tones the skin and promotes circulation. Traditionally, it was used extensively in hair tonics and shampoos and in skin products for its healing effects. Birch oil is very effective in treating rheumatism and arthritis, and urinary infections. The oil is pale yellow, with a woody-green balsamic scent.
Botanical Family: Betulaceae
Part of the plant used: leaf buds
Method of extraction: steam distillation
Properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, blood cleanser, diaphoretic, and tonic.
Physical systems, conditions and uses: Circulatory: accumulation of toxins, cellulitis, fluid retention, poor circulation; Muscles and joints: aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis; Skin: boils, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, dull, congested skin, irritation, psoriasis, rashes
Emotional effects: refreshing, uplifting
Blending note: middle
Blends well with: patchouli, wintergreen , vetiver, and other woods
Application: bath, massage oils, compresses, shampoos, healing lotions
Contraindications and safety: May cause allergies in sensitive individuals.
Available in: pure essential oil, The Birch bath bomb, Arnica Ease