Birch (Betula Alba)

Smoky, burned wood, leather and tar.

Source

Birch is processed in Russia and Northern Europe.

Extraction Method

Birch tar oil oil is obtained through slow distillation of the wood. Alkaline processing (dephenolisation), produces products suitable for perfumery.

Use

It adds a leathery note to men's perfumes. Birch tar oil is widely used in suede and leather tannery in Russia. The essence obtained from birch buds is used for hair tonics and some cosmetic products. Unrefined wood tar is found in pharmaceutical preparations as well as in lotions and ointments. It is used to flavor chewing gum, toothpaste and root beer.

History

The name 'betulae' has its root in the Latin verb 'batuere', meaning 'to strike'. Birch branches were traditionally used to inflict corporal punishment. The essence of Wintergreen combined with birch bark produced a tea which was popular with the first European colonists in America. Medicinal properties Birch branches tone the skin and improve circulation (as in Scandanavian saunas).

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