Want to know how to use fir resin as medicine? Continue reading and find out how people from The Carpathians use fir resin to cure illnesses.
Fir (Abies alba) is a symbol of the winter holidays and Christmas but is also a mystery of the botanical world. At this time of the year when nature goes numb due to the harsh winter frosts, the fir secretes impressive quantities of healing substances (especially essential oils) in its evergreen fir needles. Although less known, fir resin is another amazing natural medicine from fir, that shepherds in the Carpathians have used for centuries. Here is how to use fir resin as medicine, from an old shepherd from the Sibiu Mountains of Romania. But first.
How to Harvest Fir Resin
Fir resin is collected from the fir trunks using the blade of a knife, and a pair of gloves, as it is quite sticky. Detach it gently, and try to leave out as much debris or trunk pieces as possible. Do not scrape the trunk to prevent injuring it further. Preserve the resin in sealed glass jars or containers, until use, so that the healing essential oils in the fir do not evaporate. After harvesting, the fir resin has a shelf life of up to 3-4 years.
How to Use Fir Resin as Medicine
- If a person or an animal suffers a hit and comes down with a bruise (closed wound), then combine fir resin with the same amount of mutton/lamb tallow (or any other animal fat), and melt over low heat. After it has cooled down, anoint the cut or bruise with this healing salve. According to the old shepherds who still use this cure, the healing is almost instant.
- If the wound bleeds, then make a simple fir resin tincture by putting some resin in strong brandy in a sealed glass jar for a few days. Use this tincture to wash the wound, which closes the wound immediately and heals without burning. The wound needs to be cleaned beforehand, so there is no debris left inside.
- For bone spurs caused by rheumatism, heat up some fir resin, but not so much as to burn the skin, and then place it on the affected areas. Tie a clean cloth around it and leave it to stay like this for half a day. This remedy is applied every day for a month or two, as by this time the bone spurs “melt” away. Many people have managed to escape difficult surgeries with this fir resin treatment.
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