White Birch trees grow up to 20 meters high with slender branches, light green oval leaves and a silvery-white bark. They are a native species to eastern Europe, Russia, and Germany, yet are now found growing wild throughout the northern hemisphere.
About The Oil
Birch Essential Oil is steam distilled from the bark of Birch trees in the Adirondacks. The oil, while chemically and therapeutically similar to Wintergreen, is a specialty oil – it is much more difficult to extract than wintergreen, as the bark must be macerated and soaked for up to 12 hours before distillation. Furthermore, the essential oil of Birch is actually heavier than water (this is quite uncommon) so that the oil sinks, rather than floats, in the separation chamber.
This is believed to be some of the only true Birch produced today, as total crop figures cannot account for the commercially available Birch essential oil.
We really like this oil as an alternative to Wintergreen, as it has nuances that create a brighter, more complex interesting aroma. Use as you would Wintergreen oil in your formulas.