Birch contraindications

(Betula alba /Betula pubescens/ Betula lenta)


A birch in a park

A birch in a park

(Betula pendula)

What are the contraindications of birch?

Treatments with essential oil of birch: All treatments with essential oil of birch are toxic. It should not be used externally or internally. The essential oil contains methyl salicylate, a toxic component that can be fatal in as little as 10ml dose.

Pregnancy and lactation: birch is absolutely contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.

Allergy to plants: some people allergic to ragweed, pollen or celery, can be allergic to birch.

Dermatitis: birch tar (obtained from the distillation of the bark) is not indicated for the skin or for internal use, as it can cause skin irritation in some cases. Internal use of birch tar is toxic and can damage the digestive mucosa.

Hypertension: Birch can cause hypertension as a side effect. Do not take birch if you have hypertension or other heart disease.

Some medicines: Birch use is contraindicated with some medications. Do not take birch if in treatment, consult your doctor beforehand. Birch may increase the effect of diuretics, so should not be combined with medications or diuretics remedies. Nor take birch if you are being treated for heart disease (drugs or plants for hypertension or heart)

* Related information : Toxicity of birch, side effects of birch

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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