doTERRA Birch Essential Oil 5ml


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doTERRA Birch Essential Oil for sore muscles and joints

Birch essential oil comes from the bark of Betula lenta tree—also known as black birch, cherry birch, or sweet birch. With its crisp, minty aroma, Birch promotes a stimulating and uplifting environment when diffused. You can apply it topically to help maintain a healthy-looking complexion.

Sourcing pure, unadulterated Birch essential oil is difficult, so historically it’s only been available in small volumes. After a long time diligently searching, doTERRA has partnered with a Pennsylvanian family to sustainably produce pure Birch essential oil. This family has even kept generational records of their expertise, making it possible to offer Birch permanently.

10 ways to use doTERRA Birch essential oil

Primary Benefits

  • Delivers a stimulating, refreshing aroma reminiscent of Wintergreen.
  • Contributes to a soothing massage.
  • Promotes healthy-looking skin.

bottle of doTERRA Birch essential oil and benefits and uses


  • Massage into the back and legs for a cooling sensation after exercise.
  • Place a few drops on a cotton ball and tuck it in your gym bag to mask odors.
  • Apply to the skin to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Directions for Use

Aromatic use:Add three to four drops to the diffuser of your choice.

Topical Use:Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

See additional precautions below.

Usage Tips:

  • Diffuse a drop or two to encourage a stimulating, energizing environment.
  • Place a few drops on cotton balls and put in closets, gym bags, shoes, or other areas in need of refreshing.
  • Dilute with a carrier oil and massage into the muscles and joints.

More About Birch

What’s Birch Essential Oil?

Birch (Betula lenta) is a tree native to the United States and Canada. Birch can grow up to 75–80 feet tall, and it’s sometimes known for its peeling bark. Steam-distilled birch bark produces Birch essential oil.

Is Birch the Same as Wintergreen?

No, Birch isn’t the same as Wintergreen. Birch essential oil comes from the steam-distilled bark of the Betula lenta tree. Wintergreen comes from steam-distilled Gaultheria fragrantissima—a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas.

However, both Birch and Wintergreen contain the same primary chemical constituent: methyl salicylate. In fact, they’re both over 95% methyl salicylate.

Can You Diffuse Birch?

Yes, you can diffuse Birch essential oil. However, it’s quite strong, and the aroma can be overpowering. Keep this detail in mind when you create a diffuser blend with Birch. You’ll only need a drop or two.

What’s Birch Good For?

Methyl salicylate is commonly used topically to provide occasional relief from mild muscle or joint discomfort.

Birch is considered a sensitive essential oil, so diluting it with a carrier oil is recommended for topical use. The cooling, comforting effect of Birch makes it effective for massages or applying to the muscles and joints.

With its powerful aroma, Birch essential oil can also manage odors and refresh the air.



Not for internal use. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you’re pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


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