So why have I put these two oils together? Surprisingly enough, Wintergreen (Gaultheria fragrantissima) and Birch Bark (Betula lenta) oils are interchangeable in so many ways, even by their scents. The scent is sharp, sweet, and minty. Makes you think of breath mints, snow, and pine trees.
Aromatic influence: Elevating and opening, increasing awareness in the
Combine well with:
Oregano, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Spearmint, Vanilla, Lavender.
Ways to use them
- Both oils are poisonous if taken internally. So never ingest these.
- Properties of Birch Bark are very similar to aspirin (White Willow Bark). If you are allergic to aspirin or need to avoid it for any reason, you should not use Birch Bark.
- Great for use on sore muscles. Mix a couple of drops into a carrier oil and massage into problem areas.
- Birch Bark and Basil work well together as a massage over broken bones. Helps to heal them. Mix 1 drop each with a teaspoon of carrier oil.
- They work well as anti-inflammatories. Put 1 – 2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into inflamed area.
- Great for use in treating Tenosynovitis, inflammation of the lining of the sheath that surrounds a tendon (the cord that joins muscle to bone). Once again, put a couple of drops in a carrier oil and massage area.
- They each have a sweet scent to them. Can work well in a diffuser. Mix with Vanilla, and a little Lavender. Just use 1-2 drops of the Wintergreen or Birch Bark.
- Have diuretic properties. To help with edema, mix a couple of drops with a carrier oil, massage into the affected areas. Use lighter strokes.
- If you have problems urinating, you can also massage into abdomen, using smooth, clockwise strokes.
- Can help prevent dandruff. Add a few drops to your shampoo and mix well before use.
- Also works well for dry hair.
- Because they smell like candy, be sure to store these away from children.
- Before you exercise, put the oil on a facecloth and rub onto muscles in the shower before exercise. Keeps your muscles supple.
Here are a few recipes involving Wintergreen and Birch Bark oils. To check for more, you can click on Wintergreen or Birch Bark in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning them. These oils are harder to find recipes for so keep checking back to see if I’ve posted more.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
Saint Patty’s Soap
- 2 cups Melt and Pour Soap Base
- 1 bag Spearmint tea
- 5-6 drops Natural Green Soap Coloring
- 1 teaspoon Wintergreen oil
Melt the soap base in a double boiler. While heating, open bag of tea and grind the leaves with a mortar and pestle. Add leaves to soap base and stir. Pour base into a 4 cup, glass bowl or measuring cup. Stir well while adding color and Wintergreen oil. When mixed in, pour into shamrock shaped molds and allow to cool. When cool, remove from mold and allow to dry for 24 hours. Is great to use on sore muscles.
FYI: Silicone molds are the easiest to use and clean and do not need to be greased. If you use a metal one, you may need to grease the mold with olive or coconut oil first. (7)
Here you go! As time goes on and I find more info, I will post more recipes and suggestions on here so stay tuned. And let us know what you like to do with Wintergreen and/or Birch Bark oil. We all like to know!
- Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
- Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
- The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
- Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
- Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published. by Patricia Davis
- Organic Beauty with Essential Oil: For Natural Skin Care, Hair Care and Bath & Body Products, by Rebecca Park Totilo