Pine tar: What is it?
The word tar may conjure up images of black sticky goop, but it has nothing to do with its ugly cousin coal tar. Pine tar comes from the sap of pine trees and has been used in medicine for more than 2000 years for various skin conditions. Pine tar is most often made by burning pine tree stumps in kilns. This produces a dark golden colour paste and has a very high resin content.
Modern pine tar is processed in that way that makes sure to remove any toxic phenol levels or carcinogenic components that have been of concern in the past.
Pine Tar’s Benefits for Skin
There are many skin-supporting properties in pine tar. When it comes to skin healing it provides antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Applied to minor wounds, cuts, burns, infections and rashes it can help to cleanse, moisturize and soothe. When a pine tree is damaged they release pine sap. It contains antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral and other healing properties to help the tree prevent infection and to heal the wound.
Eczema, psoriasis and other rashes
Most notable is Pine Tar’s use for eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and other dry itchy flaky or inflamed skin conditions. It provides immediate soothing benefits once applied to relieve itching, discomfort and irritation.
The pine tar heals the area by reducing inflammation as well as by reducing DNA synthesis and mitotic activity which supports normal keratinization. Keratinization is the process by which the outer layer of skin hardens to protect an area. Many skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis have a connection to abnormal keratinization as well as altered immunity and inflammation.
Areas that are more common are areas of high contact and are more likely to be areas of repeated trauma or abrasion. In certain types of dermatitis, the outer layer of the skin is damaged. Your skin’s natural barrier against irritation and environmental stressors are weakened and results in increased irritation in the area.
Pine tar applications can help to bring moisture and protection to the area. In the case of psoriasis, pine tar can help to slow the growth of skin cells to reduce inflammation and plaque formations and to remove scales. Results include improved skin appearance and soothe itching.
Our Black Ointment contains Pine Tar along with Olive Oil, Chaparral, White Oak, Chickweed, Comfrey, Lobelia, Marshmallow, Red Clover, Eucalyptus, Goldenseal, Bee’s Wax and Tea Tree Oil. It works wonders on rashes and itchy skin such as psoriasis and eczema. It also helps to relieve muscle aches and pains. Applied to strains, sprains, backache as well as itchy irritated skin, scrapes, burns and rashes it offers relief that lets you focus on life, without irritation.