The use of fir resin in medicine and cosmetology
Fir resin (resin) has a long history of use in many cultures, as it is one of the best healing plant resources that nature provides. It has not only healing, but also cosmetic properties. From the article you will learn what gum is famous for, how and in which cases it should be used.
Composition of fir resin
Siberian fir (Abies sibirica) secrets gum to cover cuts or damage to the bark, protecting the plant from the penetration of harmful insects, pathogenic fungi, etc. Fir resin is found in bulges (nodules) on the bark of a coniferous tree. Sometimes it can stand out and drain itself due to cuts on the trunk or due to broken shoots. An emerging, resinous substance turns into a frozen drop or drip.
Zhivitsa is 70% resin, the remaining 30% is essential oil. The resin contains turpentine (mass fraction of 8–40%), which evaporates in air, as well as crystallizing resin acids: abietic (46–52%), isopimaric, levopimaric and neo-abietic. Triterpenic acids are inherent mainly in fir resin. Resin alcohols, resin esters, higher fatty acids (0.3%) and succinic acid are also present.
The vitamin composition of gum is small - it is ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and vitamin D. After distillation from the resin, rosin and turpentine are obtained, which are used in the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, as well as in aromatherapy.
Important! For external use, fir resin is added to other mixtures by no more than 50% of the total volume.
Medical and medicinal properties
- Fir resin has “life-giving” properties. She can:
- help with burns;
- heal wounds, because it has an antibacterial effect;
- relieve inflammation;
- serve as an antitumor agent.
In medicine, resin is used in many diseases. Namely:
- with gastric ulcer;
- with rheumatoid arthritis;
- to get rid of blisters;
- for the treatment of kidney and lung diseases;
- with infectious and non-infectious lesions of the mucous membranes of the oral cavity;
- with atherosclerosis;
- with thrush.
The gummy mass is a true natural antibiotic. It has antibacterial properties, so after application to a cut or scratch it will inhibit the growth of bacteria. The fact is that microorganisms need moisture to grow and reproduce, and the resin must dry it, so they cannot survive.
Did you know? Traditional healers, both in ancient times, and now believe that fir resin has a charge of solar and earthly energies. According to the native American and Altai healers, this natural remedy can heal not only the body, but also the soul of a person.
Due to its very sticky nature, the resin can be applied directly to a bleeding incision to help stop blood flow and close the wound, and a crosslinking effect occurs. Even serious bleeding wounds are stopped with this potent natural remedy. It is recommended to use the resinous mass for the treatment of burns, abscesses and blisters, simply by applying moistened applicators to the affected areas.
Zhivitsa - an antiseptic with anti-inflammatory effect, works well for the treatment of eczema. It can help with the appearance of boils.By applying an applicator soaked in a harmless, resinous mass to the affected area, in a couple of days it will be possible to forget about furunculosis.
Traditional healers recommend adding fir resin (1 tsp) to olive oil (30 ml) and use this balm as an antimicrobial first aid. Gum mass is also known as an “anti-irritant” and is widely used to relieve pain in injuries and arthritis. The gummy mass is rubbed into the affected area for 3-5 minutes. up to 3 times a day.
On top of that, the resin is used to treat coughs, providing the ability to fight germs, as well as creating a penetrating and soothing effect in the throat. A small lump of natural remedies should be placed in 1 tbsp. hot water to dissolve, add 1 tsp. honey and take 0.5 tbsp. morning and evening before meals or divide this norm into four doses. Also from the resinous mixture make “candy” balls the size of a pea or bean and dissolve after eating to get rid of cough.
Did you know? Fir resin continues to be an important element in some spiritual practices. These include Wiccanism, shamanism, and other folk magic rituals.
It is useful for bronchitis to carry out inhalation in the proportions: 2 drops of a natural remedy per 200 ml of hot water. You need to breathe healing vapors for 15 minutes. Adults can dissolve a drop of fir resin in 100 g of brandy or cognac, add a little honey and drink in small sips as soon as a cough begins, wrapping in a blanket.
Massage with fir resin is done with ARI and flu. Toothache can be reassured by applying a small swab dipped in Siberian fir resin for 20 minutes. A resinous liquid is used externally to treat pediculosis. Baths with fir resin can help relax, relieve fatigue and stress. To do this, add 3–6 g of product to water.
The use of resin in cosmetology
Due to the anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties of fir tree resin, it is useful use for people with problem skin, combining with other base oils: sea buckthorn, calendula, milk thistle. The use of such a mixture will help relieve the inflammatory process.
Fading age skin is characterized by fragility of blood vessels, a decrease in the tone of the skin. Considered a potent tool can help in solving these problems.
There are restrictions on the use of resin, since each natural remedy may have its own contraindications. Children under 1 year old, pregnant and lactating women are allowed only external use.
- These include:
- Allergy of different localization. You can check the reaction for external use by dropping the product on your wrist. If allergy does not occur, then the product can be used.
- Exacerbation of a stomach ulcer or gastritis.
- Individual intolerance.
How to store gum
Resin from fir tree can be collected all year round and this is a huge plus of a natural remedy. Freshly picked resinous substance quickly hardens in the open air. It is stored in a glass jar under a lid without a specific shelf life, but you can not worry - the loss of healing properties will not occur even during prolonged storage.
Important! In skin care products, gum can be added to the base mix for no more than 3–5% of the total volume.
By heating the resin, it can be turned into a liquid state for the preparation of medicinal mixtures. Such preparations based on resin should be stored for no more than 3 months. To the resinous mass remained in a liquid state, it can be poured with olive oil. If a natural remedy was purchased in a dark container, then after opening it can be used within a year.
Zhivitsa is a real natural Siberian first-aid kit. If she is at hand, she will be able to help out in many life situations.The resinous mixture should be used in the right dosage to help restore health, rather than harm it.