Birch Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Birch Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Betula Alba

Oil Overview

Birch essential oil has a balsamic smell, is pale yellow in colour and viscous in viscosity.

Oil Sources

This attractive tree is native to the northern hemisphere. White Birch oil is extracted from the leaf-buds by steam distillation.
Crude Birch tar is extracted by slow destructive distillation from the bark; this is subsequently steam-distilled to yield a rectified birch tar oil.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Betulenol and Sesquiterpenes.


Medicinal/Camphorous, Woodsy

Therapeutic Properties:

Anti inflammatory, Antiseptic, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Tonic

Possible Uses

Arthritis, Cellulite, Circulation Problems, Dermatitis, Dull Congested Skin, Eczema, Edema, Hair Care, Muscular Aches and Pains, Psoriasis, Rheumatism


pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

White Birch oil is generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising but should be avoided during pregnancy.

Compatible Combination Oils

Jasmine, Rosemary, Sandalwood


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