Sometimes we get into a frame of mind where we are very much afraid of the truth. We are sure that we will not be able to handle the truth if it is forced upon us. We spend a lot of mental and emotional energy hiding from the truth. Birch essential oil is very eye opening. It shatters our illusions and brings us up against reality. This sounds harsh, but honesty in looking at oneself is a compelling and liberating force. The most important truth we can learn in this life is the truth about our own motivations and triggers. This truth will truly set us free and birch essential oil can help us grasp it and keep hold of it.
Birch essential oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful for arthritis, muscle and bone pain, tendonitis, osteoporosis, and any inflammatory condition. Birch is also a treatment for bladder infections, recurring cystitis, gout, edema, and kidney stones. Birch helps with eczema and other skin disorders. One of its outstanding uses is reducing fevers.
One of the key compounds in birch (and wintergreen) essential oil is methyl salicylate. In birch oil, this compound makes up 85-90% of the oil. Methyl salicylate is an aspirin-like compound which has much the same effect on muscles and nerves as cortisone, but as a constituent of an essential oil it does not have the side-effects of cortisone. Methyl salicylate is easily and cheaply produced in laboratories, but the man-made substitute has very toxic side effects. This is not true of birch essential oil in spite of what you may have heard or read. The 10-15% of other compounds that occur naturally in birch oil balances the methyl salicylate and keep it from being toxic. This balancing act of naturally occurring compounds is common in the natural world. (The lack of balancing components is why drugs have side effects and herbs do not!!) Research done by aromatherapists of the British school of thought was conducted using perfume grade essential oils (in other words, synthetic laboratory produced oils diluted in carrier oil). This research has been given extensive coverage in print. Of course, these synthetic oils proved toxic even when well-diluted. The research has no relevance to the safety or efficacy of pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Therapeutic grade birch essential oil is safe to use; synthetic reproductions are not! Essential oils are concentrated. In most applications they should be diluted. This is true of birch essential oil.