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The Pacific Northwest Native Indians have been using tree essences for centuries. Tree essence was, and still is, considered to be one of the main medicinal staples of the First Nations people.

  • Hemlock pitch used by the Haida, Tsimshian, Nuxalt, and Nisga's as a poultice covering, decongestant, and a salve to prevent sunburn.
  • Douglas Fir pitch used to heal wounds, skin irritations, and disinfect
  • Grand Fir pitch was used by the Hesquit to deodorize the body and prevent balding!
  • Sitka Spruce pitch was used to a sun burn salve and sanitize wounds. Was also used as an oral medical treatment for gonorrhoea, syphilis, colds, sore throats, internal swelling, rheumatism, and toothaches! 
  • Shore Pine pitch used by the Haida Gwaii, Tlingit, and Kwakawaka'wakw among others as a topical decongestant and disinfectant. 
  • Western White Pine pitch was developed into a salve to cure skin irritations and condition

Botanical tree essence is the sap, pitch, or juice that naturally extrudes from various openings, folds, and knots of trees. From early Spring to late Summer, the trees go through what we call a “weeping” process, in which the tree roots push the sap, stored during Winter, up into the Cambium layer of the tree. This layer is located between the bark and the true wood of the tree.  



This “weeping” process occurs as a defence mechanism to ward off bug infestation. For example, as a bug burrows or finds its way into the vulnerable part of the tree, the sap drips and oozes over the intruder, immobilizing and suffocating it in a tomb of sap. During this time of year, there is an overabundance of “weeping” that occurs. Year upon year, this excess sap collects and dries on the outer surface of the tree trunk.



This is the point in time when we at Carina begin to harvest. It takes a little longer to harvest the sap by hand than it does using the modern conventional methods of tapping or ripping (literally tearing the tree apart), but the wait is well worth it. Our old fashion methods allow us to simply pull or lightly scrape off these dried clumps of sap, which allows the trees to remain unharmed, and in perfect health to produce more essence for years to come.


Mother Nature has blessed our forests with a multitude of natural and organic healing alternatives. Botanical Tree Essence is one of them and we are extremely proud and grateful to be recognized as “modern pioneers” in this helpful holistic re-discovery.








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