Aroma:Like the common Wintergreen candy flavor. Intense sweet-woody aroma, nearly fruit-like.
Latin Name:Betula lenta
Country of Origin:Canada
Cultivation Method:Conventionally Grown
Extraction Method:Steam Distilled
Extracted From:Inner bark of the tree
Suggested Use:Add 9 drops of Muscle Warm or Theratone (which contain Birch) to 1oz. of unscented lotion or massage oil.
History:Wintergreen and Sweet Birch oil, both nearly identical in chemical composition and aroma, are both traditional folk remedies. Native Americans, as well as early settlers, used to cut the inner layer of the Birch bark in strips and eat it. It was also used to make tea that was considered a general stimulant. This tradition has led to the discovery of Methyl Salicylate - the main ingredient of Birch and Wintergreen oil - as a pain reliever. Methyl Salicylate is now commercially produced and commonly known as Aspirin etc. However, the use of both Wintergreen and Birch is potentially toxic, and recommended for professional use only.
Because of the familiar, candy-like aroma there have been cases of children ingesting this oil. All Essential Oils should be safely stored out of the reach of children!
Specific Safety Information:Use only in moderation, possibly toxic, irritant and sensitizing. Recommended for use by medical professional only. Do not use over extended period or time, if you are pregnant, with children, etc. Make sure you look it away safely because children have been known to drink this oil because of its candy-like flavor.