Pine tar can help dry inflammations caused by poison ivy and oak so the skin begins to heal. It also is soothing for psoriasis and eczema, poison ivy, sumac and oak rashes, plus sunburn and insect bites. Pine tar has a long history of being used in soaps and salves to help with various skin conditions such as these for us but also for our pets and for farm animals.
Pine tar is a dark thick vegetable liquid from the pine tree that is extracted during kiln drying of the wood. It can be combined with various oils to make a gentle, healing soap. Pine tar in large quantities can cause irritation to the skin so we only use small amounts in our soaps and make sure we use only that which is extracted in a kiln so there is no creosote.
Pine tar provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and pine is also know to deodorize. It was used on the skin during World War II by the Army Corps of Engineers to deter bugs.