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Pine Pitch Salve Recipe

Pine resin, or “pitch,” can be used as an antimicrobial dressing on wounds, or to lessen muscle aches and joint inflammation.

November/December 2018

  • Pine resin, or “pitch,” has many topical, local, first-aid applications, including use as an antimicrobial dressing and a salve.
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The measurements in this recipe needn’t be exact, but following the general proportions by volume (using a measuring cup) will be useful for achieving your desired consistency.


  • 1 part clean pine pitch
  • 2 parts extra-virgin olive oil
  • Grated beeswax (proportions below)


  1. Using a double boiler, melt the pitch in the olive oil until it’s mostly dissolved — it’s fine if a little resin remains solid.
  2. Add the grated beeswax (1 part grated beeswax per 4 parts combined liquid oil and pitch).
  3. Pour into jars, and let cool before adding lids.

For more about pine, see:

Juliet Blankespoor is the director and founder of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, where she offers online courses on foraging, medicine making, and herb cultivation.

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