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Make Birch Leaf Oil for Sore Muscles

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Those of us living close to the land tend to be physically active people.  Active people with sore muscles. Thankfully, we can find herbal relief with birch leaf oil.

Birch Leaf Oil infusing.

A Spring Project for Year Round Relief

This is a super easy process and should be done in the late spring and summer months to take advantage of the birch tree’s medicinal benefits. The leaves are likely to have less of their healing powers in the fall as they prepare to be shed from the tree for winter, so harvest early and make a big batch to last the year.

Why Birch?

Birch leaves contain anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties which is why it’s so helpful to use on those sore muscles.  They also help detoxify the blood (they make a great tea too) and body, and are often used in commercial products to help with cellulite in the body.  Cellulite isn’t something I worry about personally but those sore leg muscles after a training run most definitely have my attention.

Making birch leaf oil for sore muscle relief is a quick and easy process that provides great results.

How to Make Birch Leaf Oil

Fill a clean glass jar to within 1/2″ of the top with fresh, washed and dried, birch leaves.  Use the best looking leaves – nothing wilted, brown, diseased, or infested with insects.  Cover these leaves with oil (olive, grapeseed, almond, etc.) and be sure to remove any air bubbles.

Secure a piece of cheesecloth or other breathable cloth over the opening of the jar with a rubber band instead of using a lid.  This breathable covering means that any moisture in the leaves can evaporate rather than cause mold in the jar on top of the oil.

Put the jar in a sunny window and leave to infuse for 1 month.  Check the leaves now and then and make sure they stay submerged under the oil. Look for mold, don’t use if the leaves/oil mold.

At the end of the month, strain the leaves from the oil and store the oil in a clean jar.  Once the oil is done infusing, keep the oil out of direct sunlight by storing in a dark bottle or in a dark cabinet.

Birch leaves being gathered for birch leaf oil.

Using Birch Leaf Oil

The great thing about this medicine is that it requires no other preparation.  Simply massage the infused oil into sore muscles as needed and allow the body to rest a bit and recover.

Before the leaves need raking and the snow flies, collect some birch leaves and infuse some oil for all those sore muscles that are bound to come from work and play later.

All oils go rancid, use up within a year.

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Friday 23rd of October 2020

Is this an edible oil, as well?

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 25th of October 2020

No - this should be for external use only.


Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Hi ,Great idea, I wondered about the dosage for children. Is this safe to use any quantity for kids? Thanks Shannon

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 16th of January 2020

As long as there is no allergies I don't see why there would be any problem using it externally for children.


Sunday 4th of August 2019

I am so excited about this!! I’m an avid essential oil user and the company I work for doesn’t sell the birch oil. One can only hope to receive it as a gift or through a promotion. I will definitely be trying.

I’m curious.. how would I go about finding birch leaves if I do not have a birch tree nearby?

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 4th of August 2019

You can buy dried birch leaves from herb / health food stores most of the time. Mountain Rose Herbs sells them too, I believe.


Tuesday 20th of March 2018

I make salve and pain sprays but have never tried birch this spring will be a first for me. Thanks

Valerie M

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Could the leaves be dried first? Can't wait to try this.

Homespun Seasonal Living

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

You could use dried leaves just fill the jar about 1/3 to 1/2 full instead of all the way up.