Spruce Resin Ointment

Back in the old days, they really knew what things in the nature could help you in different situations.
I’ve written about chaga and nettles, but there’s one more thing that’s absolutely super… Resin cream!

Resin is anti bacterial and therefore perfect for your different kind of wounds.
It is for outer body use. Although you can actually chew resin as well! I tried it this summer, and it actually doesn’t taste that bad. It tastes just like resin smells. But it’s strong… Since it’s anti bacterial it can actually help you with a sore throat for example.

 It’s mainly used for:

  • cracks in the skin (ones you get when you have dry skin for example)
  • skin injuries (cuts and bruises)
  • insect bites
  • warts (yes, apparently it can even treat warts!)

IMPORTANT!
Some people react to the resin, and can get rashes.
As with anything new, use a little at a time and see how you react.

Resin has been used all around the world it seems, for the reasons above.
Matjaz Zupan (ski jumper and coach), writes in an article (found here) that ”spruce essential oil is even more effective than antibiotics in the treatment of infections caused by bacteria, such as Salmonella enteritidis, Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus”.

Resin is also anti fungal, and can kill off Dermatophytes, which is a common name for 3 types of fungus, affecting the skin, hair and nails of humans and animals.

When picking the resin, it’s best to do so in June-July when the resin runs more readily through the trees. But you can also pick it at other times of the year and it will have the same effect. 😊

Because resin is pretty sticky, you need to mix it with fat in order to make it in to a useable cream. Of course, if you’re in the forest and find yourself with a scratch or something, you just need to grab some resin from a spruce and put it on the scratch. You can also use pine resin, which is for smaller scratches and scabies.

Spruce Resin Ointment

  1. Resin
  2. Fat (I used pig lard)

Make sure you have quite clean resin, or the next few steps will get messy. I destroyed a strainer when I did mine…😁
You make a water bath and place a glass jar in it.
Put the resin and the lard in the jar and let it melt. Stir a bit while melting.
(Since my resin was full of tree bits and other stuff, I had to run it through a strainer, and the resin got stuck to it so I had to throw it away…)
Once melted, take it out of the water bath and let sit on the kitchen bench until cooled down.

Store the resin ointment in the fridge. It is easier to use it then when needed. It becomes harder, with a creamy consistency.
Bring it with you if you go out in to the forest. Quite handy!

  
Here‘s another recipe for resin ointment as well.
You can also find an interesting article about the use of resin, here.

I had quite a bit of resin, so it made two small jars. Yay!😃🌲

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