Latin Name:  Betula lenta

Part of Plant:  Bark

Country of Origin:  Canada

Method of Production:  Steam distillation


Betula lenta, also known as Black Birch, Cherry Birch, or most commonly Sweet Birch, is a tree species in the Betulaceae botanical family that is native to eastern North America.   Birch essential oil is similar to Wintergreen oil in that they are both primarily composed of Methyl salicylate and because of this, they are also similar in smell. 


Birch is popular with athletes as it is warming and is ideal when used in a blend that is properly diluted in lotions or massage oils for application after a long workout.  Birch also blends well with Sandalwood, Palo Santo, Rosemary, and Peppermint oils.  


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 2.5% 

Do not use with children or anyone who is pregnant, nursing, has a salicylate sensitivity, any bleeding disorder, taking blood thinners, or near surgery.  If under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center. Do not use undiluted essential oils topically. Possible skin sensitivity. Do not use on broken skin. Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention. Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone




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