Greasy substances

Vegetable oil, butter, margarine, etc. Effective for cleaning skin, near the eyes or hair. Rub to dilute the gum then clean with soapy water.


Apply a bit of Purell on gum that is in hair then rinse the product.

Rubbing alcohol

For hair, rub with alcohol, rinse quickly and wash with soapy water.

70% alcohol

For skin or garments, soak a cloth with alcohol then apply it on the article of clothing or on the skin to be cleaned.


For garments, spray the stain with the product, rub it and wash in a machine normally.

lighter fluid

Apply lighter fluid on a cloth and the stain on the garment and rub both together so that the cloth absorbs the gum. Immediately clean off the lighter fluid from the garment.

In order to clean an item used for food that has gum stuck on it, rub with potable alcohol (preferably high density 70%) or with a greasy substance (oil, margarine, butter).



 External applications: It can be used pure or diluted with potable alcohol, oil or vegetable grease. As a poultice or ointment.

Poultice: respiratory tract infections, rheumatic and neuralgic pain, asthma.

Apply the gum on affected areas, cover with a piece of flannel and keep for three days. Repeat as needed. At the end of three days, the organism will have absorbed the gum and the poultice can be easily removed.

Ointment: cuts, burns, skin irritation, skin ulcers, warts, or other topical applications.

It is possible to make an emulsion using 50% vegetable oil or fat and 50% fir tree gum or use it 100% natural covered with a dressing.

To make an ointment, it is recommended to use oils or vegetable grease for the mix. Never use animal fat.

 Internal applications: It can be consumed as is using a spoon or by taking capsules (natural products, pharmacy, etc.).

To treat: colds, flu, angina, bronchitis, the urge to smoke, lungs, inflammation of the bladder or kidneys, constipation and intestinal worms.  

Dosage: 1 to 2 teaspoons per day   

        1 to 2 capsules of 600 mg each, twice daily

Make your own cough syrup using one-third glycerine and two-thirds fir tree gum. You can also add some honey and menthol if you wish. Measure to taste.


Fir tree resin is slightly indigestible so it’s preferable when consumed in its natural state to take it with a meal or following a meal. Otherwise, expelled stomach gas may taste of fir.

Fir tree resin has laxative properties and can interact more or less excessively depending on the individual. The first times it is used, it is recommended to stay close to a toilet for the first hour after ingestion.

Don’t try to make a balsam fir resin infusion as the gum does not mix with hot water. If you do try this, you will end up with the unpleasant sensation of gum deposits on the teeth, which will likely end with rigorous brushing.

To filter fir tree gum, you can use a new nylon stocking or a paint filter. If the consistency is too thick due to temperature, place the container in hot water (not too hot) to liquefy it.

Fir tree resin can be kept for several years by keeping it in a cool, dark place and filling the container as much as possible, yet leaving some space for it to expand when it gets hot or cold. Too much air (space) in a container tends to make the gum thicken.

Gasoline, rubbing alcohol and household cleaning products such as VIM can do the trick to clean certain surfaces. Under no circumstances should you use household cleaners to clean a container that will be used for fir tree gum as this would contaminate it and may cause poisoning if consumed.

To clean large quantities of gum on garments, use heat (for example, an iron on a piece of cloth) or cold (such as a freezer). Warming the gum makes it more liquid, allowing it to be sponged with a piece of cloth or a disposable wipe. By cooling it down it will harden and can then be scratched off to eliminate as much as possible.

 For hunters and trappers: Make a fifty-fifty mix of fir tree gum and vegetable oil, heavy mineral oil or alcohol and you will wind up with a product you can mist to mask odours. It may, however, be necessary to increase the quantity of oil to 60/40 (6 parts oil and 4 parts gum) or more if you are having difficulty misting.


The elements published in this page are provided for informational purposes. Using the tips and recipes is left to your own good judgment. Using fir tree gum as a treatment should never replace treatment provided by a healthcare professional. If after using fir resin you experience an undesirable effect or one contrary to the treatment, immediately stop using it. Pregnant women should not consume or be "in contact" with balsam fir tree resin during their pregnancy or when breastfeeding.


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