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Birch Oil Distillation and Application

Discussion in 'Other Skills' started by ugar-6, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. ugar-6

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    Finally got around to staining around an H&B Forge tomahawk handle with some paper birch bark oil that we distilled in Scott Jones, Media Prehistoria, class a few months back. It will leave a smokey smell on your hands for hours but I love this stuff. It really pulls out the grain in the wood. I'll add another coat in a day or two and then seal it with a couple of coats of walnut oil in a couple of weeks. Yes, I did let it sit in the bottle for a few months so I had to use a double boiler to really get it back into a fluid liquid.
     

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    That's some good lookin' color on that tomahawk handle :dblthumb:...gonna be a beaut! Birch oil is akin to liquid aspirin, am I correct?

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    Not, 100% sure but wouldn't doubt it. It has medicinal qualities and is expensive at the store.
     
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    Similar properties to ASA, but not sure if has anti-platelet qualities? I do know it has been used as an anti-rheumatic agent.
     
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    Making birch tar is on my to do list. Nice work!
     
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    I wouldn`t use Birch oil internally as I would aspirin.
    It has been used externally though. Against rashes, rheumatism and so on.
     
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    Re: aspirin, I think you may be referring to willow bark. As willow contains salicin.​
     
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    Well here's what the internet says about birch oil...
    Health Benefits of Birch Essential Oil | Organic Facts

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