The Birch tree is a graceful tree about 25m high, which has a pyramidal shape while young. It has bright green leaves and a dark reddish-brown aromatic bark, which his broken into plates or patches. Native to southern Canada and southeastern USA; it now grows also in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe.
Birch Sweet has a sweet, sharp, camphoraceous scent that is very fresh and similar to Wintergreen.
The chemical constituents in Sweet Birch are credited with being analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-pryetic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, depurative, diuretic and tonic. It is considered to be an effective addition to many massage oil blends for sore muscles, sprains and painful joints because of these anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.
Birch bark was historically used by North American native people as a tonic and beverage, as well as to induce heating and bring on a sweat so as to break a fever.
Birch Sweet Oil is potentially toxic and may cause skin irritation. Use in dilution and avoid during pregnancy.