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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.