For centuries, people have enjoyed the benefits of Pine Tar. For more than 2000 years it has been used in Medicine to treat a variety of skin conditions. With soothing and antiseptic properties it is thought effective in treating skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. For this reason Pine Tar becomes a perfect ingredient in a bar of soap.
What is Pine Tar?
Pine Tar is the end product of pine wood carbonisation and distillation using extreme heat. It has a pleasing woodsy smell. History dates Pine Tar production for industry as far back as the Iron Age. Its use spread across Europe and finally into North America via the British Colonies. In addition to medicinal use, Pine Tar was used as a preservative for exposed wood including ships decking and rigging. Today, Pine Tar can be found in Candy flavouring, food and alcohol and even on handles of baseball bats to improve grip. What’s more, Pine Tar has been a traditional antiseptic product for veterinary use.
How does it work?
While Pine Tar has been used in medicine for centuries for the treatment of various skin diseases, how it works is poorly understood. Studies have found Tars are effective Keratolytic agents. Which means it encourages the the natural shedding of excessive skin that diseases such as psoriasis and eczema create. In addition, Pine Tar preparations relieve itching and inflammation caused by insect bites, rashes, hives and many other inflamed skin conditions.
In addition to Keratolytic action, Pine Tar has shown to be anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal! Whew! What CAN’T Pine Tar do? But the real question is: Why aren’t you using Pine Tar Soap yet??!?!?? If Woodsy isn’t your thing, try something more floral here.