Sweet Birch is one of my 'go to' when I am formulating for acute pain.
However, please note, this should not be used on a long term basis, due to the high Methyl salicylate content and should ALWAYS be diluted. Blended with St John's Wort infused, I always like to add Castor Oil to the synergy base as it is also helpful for pain.
Methyl salicylate ............ 90.4%
Ethyl salicylate .............. 5.5%
Linalyl acetate .............. 1.1%
As per Robert Tisserand (pg 215):
- Hazards: Drug interactions, inhibits blood clotting toxicity; high doses may be teratogenic. (Any agent that can disturb the development of an embryo or fetus.)
contraindicated with anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia, and other bleeding disorders. Pregnancy, breastfeeding. Should NEVER be used children.
People with salicylate sensitivity (which often applies in ADD/ADHD).
External use ONLY.
Do NOT use undiluted on the skin.
Store away from children & pets.
Robert Tisserand : Essential Oil Safety pg 215
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