Research of alternative medicines have come a very long way in the last few years and there is still more research to be done. None of these health benefits, or the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. The ideas in this article should not be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed. It is also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Birch essential oil is often used with massage oil to help sooth aching and sore muscles. It is known for having a refreshing scent similar to wintergreen. This is because it has a high level of the compound methyl salicyclate. It can be used for any number of health concerns including arthritis, or rheumatism. It is anti-inflammatory in nature and can ease bone, muscle and joint pain especially where there might be swelling. Because of its pain relieving abilities, many people call birch and wintergreen "natures aspirin".
Because of its disinfectant properties, it is also very common for people to add birch along with some of their other favorite oils such as wintergreen or cinnamon in a spray bottle to use as a cleaning agent. It is important though that when doing this to first try the mixture on a test area in your house before using it on large areas to make sure it will not have a reaction with or ruin anything. You can also use similar mixtures like this to use as a spritz and spray in the bathroom or bedroom to freshen the air and kill germs.
It is commonly used by applying to different skin conditions ranging from eczema to ringworm. Many people will also use it on thinning hair. Other health issues that it is used on are internal conditions like gout and ulcers. Birch essential oil, when taken internally, can reduce bladder and kidney pain during an infection.
Birch oil is considered “hot” which means that it can cause burning and irritation when it comes in contact directly with the skin. When using it on the skin, you might want to consider using it in conjunction with a carrier product such as coconut or jojoba oil. This will lessen the intensity of the oil when used topically.
In recent years, finding pure birch oil has been very difficult. There are only a few sources that provide high quality oil. It is important to remember when using alternative healing methods that quality matters. Not all products are created equal. You need to make sure that the oils you use are 100% pure and natural. I would only recommend using quality oils from known and respected brands that have a good reputation.