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Canoearoo
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02/22/2012 05:22PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
We all know leech bites bleed and bleed. But while researching natural antibiotics I found out that pine pitch helps blood coagulate and is an natural antibiotic. So this summer I'm planing one cleaning the bite spot well, the applying pine pitch and see what happens. I know we aren't allergic to pine as we drink pine needle tea here often. I'll let know you how it goes!
 
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02/25/2012 05:11PM  
Great tip... thanks! I read your post about using it for cuts as well. Good to have that knowledge in the woods.
 
Canoearoo
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02/25/2012 10:47PM  
I read it can work on stinging Nettle as well. However, sting nettle only stings for a few hours, and the pitch can last for days. So I'm not sure it is worth the benefit.
 
paddlefamily
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03/26/2012 11:37AM  
Good tip. I believe I saw it recommended as a natural antibiotic in a Ray Mears film.
 
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