Spruce resin and America Indians

The American Indians, who were connected with nature, knew the strength of spruce resin. They used white, black and red spruce resins, which grow on both American continents and have similar characteristics. The spruce resin was purified and with its coating they treated painful joints and rheumatic diseases. Also, from spruce resin, healing preparations for healing wounds were prepared. For example, the Canadian Huron Indians also used spruce resin to treat burns.

Spruce resin was also used to prepare a spruce ointment for damaged skin, mostly for due to cold cracked skin on the legs. Chippewa Indians from the area of today's Minnesota applied spruce resin to the eyes as a medicine for snow blindness.

It is interesting to note that almost all the tribes of American Indians also chewed spruce resin as a chewing gum for the treatment of problems in the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract, which gave John Curtis, the beginner of the chewing gum industry, in 1848 the idea for making the first chewing gum, called "spruce gum ".