A very special soap product which can be used for very special conditions. That’s a good way to describe pine tar soaps. This old fashioned personal care item has been used for centuries to promote a variety of health benefits but what exactly is pine tar?
Pine tar is an all-natural substance that results from burning the wood of pine trees. Originally used in the Scandinavian countries, the first use of this unique product was to protect wood from the harsh winter conditions as well as to preserve the bottoms of Nordic skis.
Known for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, pine tar soaps have been used for its medicinal benefits in the treatment of skin conditions for years. Pine tar soap has been proven effective in soothing psoriasis and eczema, reducing itching of the scalp due to dandruff, easing inflammation of the body, relieve itching associated with bug bites, and treating other skin irritations. It is also useful to soothe and treat symptoms of poison ivy.
Pine tar, as well as pine oil, has a strong smell and when it is combined with other scented oils, such as essential oils, creates a great product for use on the body. Considered by many an excellent product for bathing, showering, shaving and shampooing, pine tar can clean, moisturize and deodorize.
Pine tar has been traditionally associated with homemade, organic, and natural soap-making. Additionally, pine tar soap is a vegetable based product that does no harm to the environment.
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