Making Birch Oil, Pine Tar and Their Uses
We can get many things from trees besides lumber and firewood. Maple and birch syrup are two benefits of trees, for instance. Pine tar and birch oil are two such uses. Both are produced in the same manner.
Pine tar has many uses; water-proofing for ropes, posts, foundations and boats.
Pine tar soap has been used for over 100 years to treat eczema, psoriasis and other forms of dermatitis. It moisturizes dry, scaly skin and helps it heal. Pine tar soap is safe to use anywhere on the face and body, and is also used as a shampoo.
Before World War II, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended the daily use of Packer’s Pine Tar Soap as an insect repellent. The scent kept mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks at bay, while the soap soothed the skin and kept it healthy.
According to Botanical.com, pine tar water is an old remedy used to break up congestion and to treat coughing in horses. Pine tar has antiseptic effects, and has been mixed as a salve to treat cuts, abrasions and skin rashes. Applied topically, oil of pine tar may be effective on mange.
Wood tar has been used by mariners as a preservative for wood and rigging for at least the past six centuries. In the northern parts of Scandinavia, small land owners produced wood tar as a cash crop. This tar was traded for staples and made its way to larger towns and cities for further distribution
Birch oil can be used to treat various skin diseases, like eczema, and has other health benefits.
It can be used as a lubricant and to preserve wood and leather.