Sweet Birch not to be confused with white birch or birch tar is also and variously known as Black Birch, Cherry Birch, Mahogany Birch, or Spice Birch and is a native to North America and Canada. Its aroma is often confused with Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) which is now used much more often as its aroma and actions are similar in many respects.
Reported Attributes of Sweet Birch Essential Oil:-
Sweet Birch 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 Sweet 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 Lenta means tough
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 .