Laughing Lichen

small dog team

Free Shipping on orders $125


Spruce Pitch Salve

(46 customer reviews)

Spruce Pitch Salve is a truly amazing, all natural, healing product.

  • First aid wound care that grows on trees !
  • Traditional uses of wild spruce pitch: topical treatment for open wounds and cuts, athlete’s foot, cold sores, burns, rashes and other skin infections such as eczema.
  • Properties: Analgesic, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, disinfectant
Extra virgin olive oil, spruce pitch (Picea sp.), tree lichen (Usnea sp.), beeswax



A wild Spruce Pitch Salve infused with hand harvested spruce pitch from Canada’s Northern wilderness. Spruce pitch is also called “gum” or “resin”.

Laughing Lichen’s wild Spruce pitch salve is a great addition to your back country supplies when travelling off the beaten path into the remote wilderness. Our family always carries a tin in our first aid kit to use for any bumps encountered along the trail. Even our four legged friends enjoy the benefits of this salve for their cuts and bug bites. This salve is one of our most popular products. because of incredible amount of feedback and support we receive from our valued customers we have stuck with the same recipe for the last 13 years.

Spruce pitch, also known as resin, is a sticky substance that is extracted from the bark of spruce trees. For centuries, Indigenous peoples in North America have used spruce pitch as a traditional medicine for various health concerns, including wound healing. In recent years, scientific research has supported the use of spruce pitch for its medicinal properties.

Spruce pitch has been found to have strong antimicrobial properties, making it effective in preventing and treating infections. Research has shown that spruce pitch is particularly effective against Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria commonly found in wounds that can lead to severe infections. The antimicrobial properties of spruce pitch are due to the presence of terpenes, which are organic compounds that have been shown to have antimicrobial activity.

In addition to its antimicrobial properties, spruce pitch also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, making it useful for reducing pain, swelling, and redness associated with wounds. The anti-inflammatory effects of spruce pitch are due to the presence of polyphenols, which are plant compounds that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity.

Spruce pitch also contains antioxidants, which can help to protect against oxidative damage and promote tissue regeneration. This makes it effective in promoting the healing of wounds, as well as in reducing the appearance of scars. Additionally, spruce pitch has been shown to increase blood flow to the area of the wound, which can help to speed up the healing process.

As with any new product please test a small patch of skin first to rule out any allergies.

Topical Use Only

The above information is for educational purposes only. The information provided is not meant to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any health condition. It is strongly recommended that you consult with a healthcare provider before use of any new product especially if you are using medication, have a pre-existing health condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding.





46 reviews for Spruce Pitch Salve

  1. Ramune A B. (verified owner)

    excellent Ramune B

  2. Doris L. (verified owner)

    This reminds me of Denendeh EVERYTIME I put it on 🫶🏽 highly recommend to anyone for any reason. Put it on cuts, scrapes, chapped lips, or just for a moisturizer. Makes my hands feel real smooth. Smells delicious, and makes me feel good supporting local, and without chemicals. 🌲 Mahsi Cho BIG TIME ✨

  3. Matt (verified owner)

  4. Vernon Ball (verified owner)

    Great product for healing!

  5. Jillian Dahl (verified owner)


  6. Anonymous (verified owner)

  7. Coral D. (verified owner)

  8. Ruth (verified owner)

    To me, this stuff has been almost as good as magic. My dog has struggled with severe yeast infections on his skin for years now. His feet get so caked with it and swollen that it is painful for him to walk, and the lower half of his body loses most of his hair in the warm months. We’ve followed vet recommendations, including expensive meds, for years and it has only made it worse. I’ve tried literally everything – nothing worked, until I found this! I use it to rub into any yeast scabs or crunchy bits, rashes, top and bottom of his feet, his chest, etc. It is the only thing I’ve found that actually kills the yeast and restores the skin. So far it hasn’t completely gotten rid of it (it comes back in the worst areas), but we’re only a few months in to using it and starting from a horrible condition so I’m optimistic it might. Even if it required regular small applications going forward, that would still be a huge improvement. The swelling in his feet has been reduced by at least 1/2 already – he can walk again, almost pain free! I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have found this product, it has helped restore my dog’s quality of life.

  9. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I purchased this salve particularly for a spot of skin on my wrist that flares up from time to time. Since using it, my skin has not flared up again!

  10. Anonymous (verified owner)

  11. Kathleen (verified owner)

  12. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Best stuff I’ve ever had!! Had a nasty rash that prescription meds didn’t take care of; this stuff right here got rid of it all!!

  13. LEO (verified owner)

  14. Helene L. (verified owner)

    My #1 go to salve for everything skin related! Works perfectly on my daughter’s cold sores.

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent salve, works within minutes to sooth wounds & bites. A necessary addition to my backcountry med kit

  16. Sonja K. (verified owner)

    Bought the first time – perfect for sunburn and insect bites. Will buy again.

  17. Audrey Cook (verified owner)

    This salve is wonderful for skin irritations. It works great even on very sensitive skin.

  18. Bruce Hardy (verified owner)

    Outstanding hand foraged products!
    Nobody does it better.
    Lovely bunch of people working hard to bring an honest healthy product to your door.
    Bravo ?

  19. Anonymous (verified owner)

  20. Linda McCullough (verified owner)

    I had a few spots of dry skin and this healed them up quickly. ?

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

  22. Jennifer S (verified owner)

    Amazing product, does just what it says it does and smells wonderful. The consistency is perfect. Thank you for making such sustainable products.

  23. Margaret E Gordon (verified owner)

  24. Chantal (verified owner)

    Great for the skin!

  25. Briddie M. (verified owner)

    Excellent salve.

  26. Sandra G. (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this product. I had a really bad allergic reaction to an eye serum from another company and I started using this salve to help with the itching and peeling skin around my eyes. It worked so well that I now have been using it daily for about 6 months. It is now my nightly eye cream. It works well for many skin conditions, hives etc.

    • Amy (store manager)

      Thank you for sharing your review Sandra, I am so glad to hear that the Spruce salve helped!

  27. Harinder Atwal (verified owner)

    Have used this on my neck and chest for a flu and allergies and also am using for a fungal infection which seems to be improving

    • Amy (store manager)

      Thank you for sharing your review Harinder!

  28. Anonymous (verified owner)

    love this stuff!

  29. vera (verified owner)

    I have been buying Laughing Lichen products for a few years now. My favourite products are the salves. I use the Spruce Pitch Salve regularly for burns, small abrasions and on my face. It has also been particularly efficacious in the healing of mosquito bites. I am also a fan of the muscle Rub which has been excellent for my upper arm and shoulder pain. My whole family now uses the salves for cuts and scratches. There are no complaints from the grandkids as the salves do not irritate or sting.

    • Amy (store manager)

      Hi Vera, Thankyou for leaving a review!

  30. Jan Sperlich (verified owner)

    I love Spruce Pitch Salve for all skin issues but especially for cold sores. I had the discomfort resolve overnight and the blisters dry up in a couple of days.
    A friend took it to Costa Rica while volunteering down there. Another volunteer had a rash that nothing she tried would relieve. Within a day the discomfort and rash improved. Another volunteer had relief from a burn to his thigh.
    It is definitely my go to for any skin issue.

  31. Sandra Adams

    This stuff is amazing! I’ve used it for years for minor cuts and scrapes but used polysporin for “serious” things. However, my husband had a scalp wound that would not heal despite various doctor prescribed ointments and silver impregnated bandages. After 3 months I gave up on all of those and began to use Spruce Pitch Salve and ,lo and behold, he healed up within a week. He doesn’t even have a scar!
    Marvellous stuff!

  32. RW

    Bought the spruce pitch salve years ago in Yellowknife on holiday and would keep picking tins up for friends and family whenever I see it sold in the south. This is THE BEST/ONLY thing that works when you get a really chapped nose from using Kleenexes when you’ve got a cold. And it doesn’t even sting! Reading the reviews, I’ll have to expand my uses!

  33. Andrea (verified owner)

    We use the Spruce Pitch salve everywhere, burns, dry skin and even in the nose when the air is winter-dry. I will be buying more to have backup for traveling and camping. Added bonus: it smells amazing!

  34. Bridget Wolki (verified owner)

    I melt the salve with coconut oil for my dogs feet, she caught athletes foot from a human. I see great improvement in her feet, love the product, ratio 50:50. I also use the salve for my dogs callused elbows. This product is amazing!

  35. Julia McGilliard (verified owner)

    I got this salve for my mum, and she has told me multiple times how this spruce tip salve is the ONLY thing that helps with her dry lips!! She also uses it on the cracks on her hands and heels.

  36. james r (verified owner)

    i am an MS patient.
    shingles (? rashless version) has appeared while COVID is meandering: clothes hurt, sleep is distant, i do everything in slow motion which is still too fast.
    my laughing lichen order arrived yesterday. salve! true it’s my skin that hurts and not muscles, true the pain has ignored tylenol…still.
    i don’t know which component or how the ingredients interact but for the first time in a week i can move and sleep and not despise clothing.
    neuropathic pain is a thing i am well familiar with–can’t say how grateful i am to have a more natural solution with ingredients i am familiar with to handle it!

  37. Vonnie (verified owner)

    Spruce Pitch SalveI came across this at a farmers market it is my go to cream for everything, wounds, burns, bug bites, diaper rash. I have bought many creams for my hubby over the years, nothing has worked as well as this. He has an eczema type of rash on his back side and groin area. This spruce pitch salve relieved the angry rash, he uses it every day. After years of trying everything the rash will never be gone but this makes it a lot easier to live with. Can’t say enough about it, thanks laughinglichen.

  38. Gill

    If I could rate this product any higher I would.

    I have suffered from eczema my entire life and I find this is the only thing that really helps. As an added bonus it is all natural.

    After having my daughter, with very sensitive skin, she also developed eczema which gets worse in the colder months. Nothing works as well on her skin as this salve. She gets relief within the day.

    I have also had a skin fungal infection which I tried to treat with drug store products. After 4 days of no relief, I realized the spruce pitch salve can be used for fungal infection. Within 48 hours I saw a great difference and as I continued using it the infection cleared.

    I keep this product in stock at all times at my house, it is my favourite.

  39. Pauline (verified owner)

    Excellent on toe fungus. My son is at the pool a few times a week and gets a lot of toenail fungus. The Spruce Pitch balm has kept his soles and toenails clean, healthy and soft. Also used it for a cold he just caught: applied to his back, did guasha (Chinese scraping method), and by morning he was fine. The quality and potency of these products are exceptional.

  40. Helen Vaughan Barrieau

    I use Spruce Pitch Salve for insect bites and find that it works amazingly well to soothe the itchy irritation from those bites. I highly recommend it!

  41. Christine Daniels

    I love love love the spruce pitch salve.

  42. Kristie Hennigar

    I can’t say enough about the Spruce Pitch salve. I use it on all cuts and I have just discovered is works wonders on a sore, chaffed nose from blowing to much while sick and it smells great!

  43. Virginia

    My son ran into a rope and got a horrible cut on his neck, I used Spruce Pitch Slave twice a day and it healed within the week. I couldn’t believe how well this product works! Now my son won’t have a horrible scar across his neck! Thanks!!!

  44. Stephanie

    This product is an amazing product!! I swear by this stuff and bring it everywhere with me!! It has so many different uses but healing open wounds is where i got hooked!! I cut my finger open pretty badly on a table saw and used the salve instead of polysporin! After 5 days I showed my dad (who is a doctor) and he said to me “wow you have healed really fast and well, see how well polysporin works!” I told him that I had been using a spruce pitch salve and nothing else and even he was astounded!! I recommend this product to anyone and everyone who wants a natural product that actually works!

  45. Amy (store manager)

    Cei Sullivan says:
    March 8, 2013 at 9:53 am
    I have chronic swollen and achy joints, especially in my ankles and feet. Every night, before bed, I massage the Devils Club Salve on my legs and feet. It is so soothing, I can feel my muscles relaxing right away and the aches and pains going away. It is now my night time ritual and I could not go without it!!! If you have sore muscles or joints I would strongly recommend the devils club salve 🙂

    I have also put the Spruce Pitch Salve to work. I burnt myself on the oven and immediately starting applying the Spruce Pitch, I was amazed at how quickly the burn healed with little pain and no scar! And it is great for all sorts of scrapes and bruises. If you are at all accident prone like me, try it, you won’t be disappointed!

  46. Amy (store manager)

    Natalie Sveinsson says:
    January 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm
    My son had a diaper rash and I was looking to use something natural on his skin to help heal his poor bum. I tried the spruce pitch salve on his rash and it worked wonders!!! I love it because it’s all natural and there is nothing chemical about it. There are few ingredients in it which is amazing. I will never use one of those zinc ointments again!! Thank you laughing lichen 🙂

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Q & A

There are no questions yet

Ask a question

Your question will be answered by a store representative or other customers.

Thank you for the question!

Your question has been received and will be answered soon. Please do not submit the same question again.



An error occurred when saving your question. Please report it to the website administrator. Additional information:

Add an answer

Thank you for the answer!

Your answer has been received and will be published soon. Please do not submit the same answer again.



An error occurred when saving your answer. Please report it to the website administrator. Additional information:

Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top