Common Name: Birch - Adirondack
Botanical Name: Betula lenta L., fam. Betulaceae
Parts Used: Bark
Processing: Steam distilled after mascerating and soaking.
Primary Chemical Type: Salicylate Ester
Common Uses: Pain, pain, oh... and pain! This is nature's asprin. Often interchangeable with wintergreen.
Special Notes: We've never carried or worked with birch up until now, because there just aren't any suppliers that take the proper steps to ensure therapeutic quality distillation. This birch comes from a small, family owned distillery where they mascerate the bark and soak it in warm water for at least 12 hours. Very labor and time intensive. It is much more complex than the 'commercial' birch widely available. Those who need to avoid asprin should avoid this oil. Otherwise, dilute it to 1-2% and use as a rub for all types of pain.