Tar is a significant ingredient in Tervaöljy.
Wood tar with its hundreds of components has a complex chemical composition. Used raw-material and
production method effect on tar’s composition.
Tar’s maincomponents are:
1) hydrocarbon formed
2) aromatic components formed from lignin such as phenols (10%), carbolic acids, guajacol and kresols (kresols, kreosols, methyl-kresol)
3) polymers, terpenes and resin acids formed from resin
4) oils and their esters
6) fatty acids
7) toluene, xylene, naphthalene, pholor, pyrocatechol
Freshly burned tar includes water,
turpentineoil and wood acid as well
Use of tar
In traditional medicide tar was common medicine, which was use to treat wounds, contusions, skin problems, pemphigoid, rosacea, skin infections, fungus infections, mange and cough.
In animal care, tar has been used to treat the domestic animals’ wounds and cows’ udders. Tar has also been a great help to protect animals from flies and other insects.
has also been used to treat animals’ internal organs by feeding sugarcubes dipped in tar to the anima or making them breathe tarsteam.
Effects of tar
Tar is stimulative and diuretic.
Tar is thought to slow down
the dividing of skin cells and therefore used to treat psoriasis
Phenols in tar kills fungus and reduces the itchiness.
Tar has a banishing
effect to insects.
Taroil calms the itching caused by insect bites.
Tar is excellent in reducing the itch and it is used locally to
the itching skin.
In wound care, absorptive tar is used for example to pull out the pus from infected wound.
Tar is stimulating antiseptic
and it is used to treat wounds, skin problems, warts, and to chronic and flaky skin diseases. With a great success tar is also used to treat psoriasis and to some extent chronic eczema, and other skindiseases as well.
Internally tar is used as a disinfectant cough medicine to treat chronical cough, bronchitis and laryngitis.
Take into account:
Tar is sensitive and is neutral in pH-scale. It is suitable for people with sensitive skin and allergies. Tar-allergy is very rare.
Natural pruduct adviser
Immonen Esko, Tervanpolttajan muistelmia. 1995
Kress Henrietta, Practical Herbs, 2.
Rasimus Sanna, Terva nyt ja tulevaisuudessa. Thesis in degree programme in forestry. 2006