Birch Tar Essential Oil
The Birch species that produces Birch Tar is a tall deciduous tree with a slender trunk and branches with smooth gray-white bark. It is native to northern Europe and northern Asia.
- Botanical Family: Betulaceae
- Other Common Names: White Birch, Betula pendula
- Part of Plant Used: Bark
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: Birch Tar essential oil is typically steam distilled and is related to Birch.
- Chemistry: Birch Tar is high in sesquiterpenes (cadinene, betulene), sequiterpene alcohols (betulenol), esters (methyl salicylate), and salicylic acid.
- Perfuming: used in natural perfuming, cosmetics, soaps, and incense
- Circulatory: supports healthy circulation.
- Musculoskeletal: soothes sore muscles
- Respiratory: loosens mucous and helps soothe symptoms of common ailments
- Nervous System: stimulating yet soothing, promotes feelings of peace and calm
- Skin: soothes skin irritations and dry skin
- Scent Profile: Base note with the aroma of tar, charred wood, and smoke
- Longevity: The aroma of Birch Tar can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Fougere, Animalic, Chypre
- Blends well with: Benzoin, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fir Needle, Frankincense, German Chamomile, Ginger, Guaiacwood, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Liquidambar, Muhuhu, Nagarmotha, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Orange, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Roman Chamomile Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme, Vanilla, and Vetiver
- This oil should be avoided during pregnancy and may cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Products Using Birch Tar Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.