Birch oil hit the Spark Naturals "shelves" Sunday evening and by Monday morning POOF! it was sold out! We expect to see birch again, so if you were unable to purchase a bottle for yourself, keep watch on my Facebook page and I'll let you know when it's back.
Now, for the information I promised.
With any essential oil, you need to be aware of any possible precautions (for children, pregnancy, epilepsy and allergic reactions). I know of reader who can't use Lavender because her housemate is highly allergic to lavender. Be informed.
- If you have a sensitivity or allergy to aspirin, you should avoid this oil.
- If you are taking any medications that warn against using with methyl salicylate, you should avoid this oil. (Other topical products that contain methyl salicylate include: Icy Hot Cream, Stick, Balm; Bengay Ultra Strength, Greaseless; Thera-Gesic Maximum Strength; FlexAll Ultra Plus, Deep Blue)
Do you need to check your meds to see if you should avoid birch? Check this website: http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/methyl-salicylate-topical.html
Of course, when in doubt, ask your pharmacist.
- If you are pregnant or nursing, you should avoid this oil.
- If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, you should avoid this oil.
- If you have children, you should treat this oil with great care. Lock it away with any prescription meds.
This oil is HIGHLY dangerous in large quantities and should ALWAYS be diluted with a carrier oil.
This oil is NOT to be used internally. Yes, it smells amazing, but don't do it. (UPDATE: the 5 mL bottles from Spark Naturals are misprinted. This is oil is ONLY for aromatic and topical use.)
It IS possible to OVERDOSE on methyl salicylate.
If you choose to use birch oil in a blend and are using it on a regular basis, it is crucial to do a liver detox regularly.
Blessings and take care!