White Birch not to be confused with Sweet birch or birch tar is a decorative tree, native to the northern hemisphere and grows up to 15-20 metres in height. It has slender silver-white bark broken into scales and light green oval leaves.
It is also known as Betula pubescens, odorata, verrucosa or pendula
Reported Attributes of White Birch Essential Oil:-
White Birch smells intensely of tar and smoke rather like its cousin Birch Tar and is anti inflammatory so is often used in rheumatism and joint pain therapies. It is also astringent so is used for scaly skin conditions. As a result it has historical use as being good for treating psoriasis, eczema, gout, ulcers, and broken bones. It is mildly diuretic.
History of White Birch:-
Cherokee and other first nation tribes chewed the birch leaves for dysentery and used the birch bark tea for colds, dysentery, milky urine, and stomach ailments. Iroquois, in particular, used birch bark for colds, fever, soreness, and venereal diseases.
Betula is derived from an old Scandinavian word Betu for Birch and alba means white
CAUTIONS: Use sparingly on the skin and as with all essential oils, well diluted. Large dosages may cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Not suitable for the very young because of its naturally occurring constituents, methylsalicylate, betulin and betulinic acid .