What Are the Benefits of Pine Tar Soap?

By Renee Winship

Pine tar soap has been used to treat skin irritations for over a century. The soap is supposed to restore health to itchy, inflamed skin and help prevent discomfort.

Basics

Pine tar is a dark vegetable liquid from pine tree trunks that can be combined with various scents and oils to make a gentle, healing soap bar. Pine tar in large quantities can cause irritation to the skin.

Treatments

Pine tar soap is known for its therapeutic tendencies for rashes such as psoriasis and eczema. It is also said to heal inflammations caused by poison ivy, poison sumac, sunburn and insect bites.

Benefits

Pine tar soap or pine tar can be added to shampoo to help prevent or heal dandruff. Some shampoos contain pine tar soap additives in the ingredients list.

Fun Fact

If you make your own soap, you can enhance the benefit of your lye soap creations by adding pine tar to the recipe. Pine tar provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in your soaps.

Warning

Make sure the pine tar doesn't take up more than 20 to 25 percent of the finished recipe when you make your own soap. Appropriate amounts of pine tar will maximize health benefits, without reducing the quality and setting ability of the finished soap product.

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About the Author

Renee Winship is a published author and has worked in the family restaurant and catering business and has also worked in a medical lab facility. She's an adoptive parent and has worked in daycare. Winship has written more than 200 articles for Suite 101 and other online publications. She attended Southwest Missouri State University in Missouri with a nursing major.

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