Steam distilled from the bark macerated in warm water.
B. capinefolia, cherry birch, southern birch, mahogany birch, mountain mahogany
Steam distillation of the bark macerated in warm water.
Native to Southern Canada and Southern USA
A graceful tree about 25 meters high which has pyramidal shape whist young. It has bright green leaves and a dark reddish brown aromatic bark, which is broken in to plates or patches.
Colourless, pale yellow or reddish tinted liquid with an intense, sweet-woody, winter-green-like smell
The flavour of Wintergreen and birch bark, in the form of tea, was popular with the American Indians and European settlers. More recently, this has been translated into a preference for ‘root beer’ flavourings.
Cautions and comments
Menthyl salicylate ( produced during maceration process) major constituent, is very harmful in concentration and is classed as an environmental hazard or marine pollutant. Do not use with asthmatics or children under 14 years old. (Almost identical in composition to wintergreen oil).
Main chemical constituents
Methyl Salicylate (98%)
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier. WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.