BOTANICAL NAME: betula lenta
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
PARTS USED: bark
FRAGRANCE: sweet, camphorous, similar to wintergreen
BLENDS WELL WITH: citrus oils, other wood oils
AROMATIC & PHYSICAL USES: sore muscles, sprains, joint pain, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, depurative, diuretic, tonic.
MAGICAL USES: protection, purification, exorcism.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Astringent: a substance that draws tissue together, restricting the flow of blood.
Depurative: refers to something that purifies.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Tonic: restorative and curative; intended to invigorate.
Safety Warning: Avoid in cases of liver problems. Potentially toxic, it contains methyl salicylate. Not to be used for anyone on blood thinning medications, the elderly or fragile. Do not use when pregnant or nursing. Possible skin irritant - dilute well. Avoid contact with any open wounds or mucous membranes. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.
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