At Laughing Lichen we collect wild Spruce Pitch from black and white spruce trees deep in Canada’s northern wilderness. All harvesting is conducted in a sustainable manner by collecting the hardened sap/resin or “tears” off of live trees. Only enough is collected so that the tree can still retain the sap needed to protect and heal itself.
“This gum, when used as a chewing gum, is a cardiotonic and helps oxygenation of the blood as it circulates, especially during exercise. The gum when used as a tisane is a antihypertensive and will reduce blood pressure. It is antianginal and will help with the circulation within the beating heart as it oxygenates its own musculature and enabling it to act as a more efficient pump. The resin gum of spruce is also antiarrhythmic and will help the individual myocardial cells with their electronic message system of communication, one area with the other in the different geographic regions of the heart.” (Beresford-Kroeger, Diana, Arboretum Borealis)
Spruce trees produce a resin or sap which is often called “pitch”. This pitch is generally formed over a wound or an infliction on the trunk of the tree. The pitch comes from within the tree and forms a “band-aid” over the wound. It is very sticky and thick and helps to protect the tree from invading insects and disease, while healing the tree. Wild Spruce Pitch has been utilized for thousands of years by many different cultures for: Medicine, food, health products, as a glue, preservative agent, incense, and even as chewing gum! There are currently studies being conducted on the benefits of using wild spruce pitch topically in the treatment of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
Today wild Spruce Pitch is more commonly utilized for its anti-fungal, analgesic, anti-microbial, anti-septic, and disinfectant qualities, not to mention for its amazing aroma! At Laughing Lichen we use this pitch to make Spruce Pitch Salve, a Spruce Pitch Oil infusion, and also infuse it into our Wild Rosehip & Herb Face Cream.
Please note: On rare occasions it is possible for small bits of bark, plant matter or insect evidence to be found inside the pitch granules. It is impossible to avoid this. Store the pitch in an airtight container in a cool dry place until use. This is a raw forest product.
Disclaimer: 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.