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How to Make Pine Pitch Salve, Joybilee Farm

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Pine (Pinus sp.) Makes an incredible gift. It is rich in woody essential oils and resins. Sometimes in North America we look forward to the traditional remedies from Europe and the Middle East and ignore those that God has given us here. Frankincense and myrrh are beautiful and expensive. Pine is free and just as beneficial to us as frankincense and myrrh.

I never take all of the resin from one point on the tree, just the outer part of the resin, leaving the inner resin to stifle the beetles or to heal the break in the integrity of the tree's bark.

When you collect the oleoresin, use a knife and a glass or tin added to carry the resin in. If you get your fingers sticky with the resin, the powdered yeast on the bark of aspen will help remove the stickiness from your fingers.

When you get home you can clean your hands and knife with vegetable oil or sebum to get the sticky resin off. Rub with liquid oil until you feel the resin dissolve, and then follow up with a squirt of soap or dish soap. It'll wash everything away.

Alcohol will remove the resin from your clothing with a little wash. The follow up with a squirt of dish soap. It takes a bit more pine resin work to get off your clothes than your hand.

You could find pine ointment also called coniferous tar, coniferous tar ointment, pine resin ointment, pine resin ointment. It's all the same product. The ointment is dark and aromatic. It can also be used safely on animals as humans.

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Pine ointment is a traditional drawing ointment that draws infection, chipping, and inflammation from the body. It reduces pain and swelling, helps the body heal itself. One way it works is by increasing the peripheral blood flow through counter-stimulation. While using only pine oleoresin, beeswax and oil, this recipe used infused oils to make pure pine ointment could work synergistically to reduce pain and inflammation.

Pine is by and large antimicrobial. It warms, stimulates and increases blood flow. It is valuable as a chest rub for chest congestion. It can help with localized pain, inflammation, and infection. It's also beneficial for old injuries and chronic inflammation. It is safe to take internally for sore throats and congestion.


½ cup of pine oleoresin, rendered

¼ cup of calendula infused oil

2 TBSP. St. John's wort infused oil

2 TBSP. comfrey leaf infused oil

½ cup made from a mixture of yarrow, self-healing, chickweed and ribwort infused in an oil

20 drops of tea tree essential oil

20 drops of frankincense essential oil

Collect the raw resin from pine trees anytime from spring through fall. The feather resin is soft and sticky. It hardens the season wears on. Soft resin is stickier, but it makes you faster. Harder resin will be drier to the touch and will make something longer. Collect about 2 or 3 cups of resin to make 1 cup of rendered oleoresin.

The resin is very sticky and will stick to anything it touches. If you get it where you don't want it, soap and oil can be used to remove it.

The jars you use to make pine resin should be reserved for pine resin rendering. Use heavy-duty jars with lids for this, but not the best mason jars. The jars get pretty sticky when you're done. I use empty Adam's peanut butter jars to make refill. You want a jar with a lid. Do not use plastic. A can will do if it has a lid.

Once the pine resin is trapped in the jar, you can use your Dutch oven or double boiler to make the pine resin without fear of making a sticky mess on other cookware.

Fill the jars with pine resin. Put the lid on the terpinen to keep fumes. You want the medicinal benefits of the Terpinene in your oleoresin. This is not the same as the turpentine that you buy at the paint store that a simulated product is made from petroleum.

Put the jars in your Dutch oven with water and turn on medium heat. Simmer the water in the slow cooker. Leave the jars to make overnight or as long as necessary to turn the liquid to pine resin. Any CRUD in the resin will sink to the bottom of the glass. The clean jaw oleoresin will be on top.

Pour the clean oleoresin into another strong glass, being careful not to transfer only the clean oleoresin. Leave each crud in the original cleaning glass. Aside what is left to the raw oleoresin. You can make more raw pine resin in the same jar.

In the new jar that has the rendered oleoresin, add the beeswax and infused oils. Put the jar back in the slow cooker or another double boiler, and cook over low heat until the beeswax melts. Stir well together so that the consistency of the ointment is even. Remove from heat.

Add the essential oils. Pour in cans or glass jars. Label and date.

Yield: 14 ounce 3 - 4 ounce cans plus a 2 ounce tin for travel.

The scent of this ointment is wonderful even without the essential oils. You can leave them without harming the beneficial effects of the ointment.

Use it on sore joints, cuts, abrasions, or swollen injuries. You can rub it as a chest or use inhalant for chest congestion. Some people also use it as a lip balm.

It's a little tacky going on, but it gets absorbed by the skin quickly and the tackiness goes on in a matter of minutes.

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