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Tree Sap: A Natural Wound Closure

What do you do if you’re in the woods and you have no bandages and need to close up a gash or small wound? Use tree sap!  Yes, I know it will make a sticky mess but this method has been used by many people in the past and works very well.  My father told me about several stories when he and his co-workers were working in the woods cutting logs (they used to drive the logs down the river) and had to use this method because they didn’t have anything else..

What you need to do is clean the wound as best as you can and then cover your gash or small wound with tree sap.  It will stop the bleeding and will also prevent any bacteria from entering the wound and causing infection.  If you have a clean cloth or piece of clothing, you can use it to lightly cover the wounded area.  Of course, you will want to treat it properly as soon as you are able to, but using this method can help you until you receive proper medical help.

Have you used tree sap to close/protect a wound? Let us know in the comments below!

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