Birch is known for its purifying and detoxifying effects. The plant encourages the excretion of fluids and promotes metabolic activities. Birch is a natural pain reliever containing salicylate, the compound found in aspirin. Salicylate relieves the inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and generalized muscle pain.
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions of birch bark support it's traditional uses in skin disorders such as eczema.
Birch calms arthritis and gout due to it's cleansing diuretic action that eliminates toxins and excess water. Uses: Birch is useful for dermatitis, dull or congested skin, eczema, hair care and psoriasis. It is also helpful in cases of poor circulation, the accumulation of toxins in the muscles, for arthritis, rheumatism, muscular pains, edema and cellulite, loss of hair.
Therapeutic properties: analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, depurative, disinfectant, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide and tonic.
Chemical composition: salicylic acid, methyl salicylate, betulene and betulenol.
Blends particularly well with benzoin, jasmine, sandalwood and rosemary.
Extraction: by steam distillation from the bark Betula alba (also known as B. alba var. pubescens, B. odorata, verrucosa or pendula), of the Betulaceae family and is also known as European white birch or silver birch.