HIGH ALTITUDE NATURALS™ Birch oil is steam distilled from the leaf buds of the tree of Betula Pendula. Commonly this oil is also known as the European white birch, Russian birch, warty birch, or East Asian white birch, is a species of tree in the family Betulaceae, native to Europe and parts of Asia, though in southern Europe, it is only found at higher altitudes. Its range extends into Siberia, China, and southwest Asia in the mountains of northern Turkey, the Caucasus, and northern Iran. It has been introduced into North America, where it is known as the European white birch, and is considered invasive in some states in the United States and parts of Canada. The tree can also be found in more temperate regions of Australia.
Today, several industries incorporate birch oil into skin and body care, as well as herbal medicine products. Among other benefits, Birch essential oil helps restore comfort and tranquility. Not only does it have a vibrant and energizing smell, but it also has a wide variety of skin and health benefits.. Some companies use it as a fragrance component in men’s perfumes and colognes.
The main components in the essential oil of the buds are germacrene-D and δ-cadinene, which have been found to have powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant activity. These natural chemicals possess a wide range of skin and health benefits, as well as natural preservative qualities. Some lotions and creams incorporate birch oil to counteract skin problems and help encourage circulation.
Birch oil has a fresh aroma; a sharp and familiar fragrance that is soothing and calming. Birch oil also promotes relaxation to an overworked mind and body. The bright and refreshing smell can make a person forget his or her problems.
Regular use of Birch essential oil can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, and tone and soothe underlying muscles. Its astringent property also makes it useful for tightening the skin. It can also strengthen the hair and soothe scalp issues.