Thank you so much for this introduction to such an underrated and lesser known area of holistic medicine! You make working with resins look so easy. You’re doing amazing work and have inspired me to explore this discipline in more depth. I’ve always been a fan of gums and resins but wasn’t sure how to integrate them into my studies. I have a soft spot for oppoponax for its calming effect on my psyche. I’m glad you mentioned iucnredlist, as oppoponax is listed as vulnerable at the time of this writing. My original source of oppoponax was very trustworthy, but I’m glad to have a resource to be more critical of my sources in general. Blessings to the protection of our plant allies and our relationship with them!
Thank you Evan. Very informative, I’ve only worked with frankincense and myrrh and as tinctures.
Greetings from New Zealand Evan and thanks so much for all this information you have provided. I had gathered pine resin on my many walks when our country was in covid lockdown and am really excited about making this salve, I bet it smells wonderful.
thank you, very nice I appreciate you and this course! I’ve made medicines for many years but just thinking about getting back into it. Have some hard resin from a pinon pine in our yard that I’ve been nursing again since our return to NM. Can you tell me anything about the medicinal benefits and qualities of the pinon pine resin that might be unique, or similar to other pines?
Thank you so much for these videos. So very helpful. Recently I found a good size piece of pine resin below a ponderosa. It is completely dried out and pretty brittle. It doesn’t much smell of pine and I’m wondering if it is just very old. I’d like to use it in your recipe but perhaps it has lost its healing powers?
Ive been creating topicals and balms with essential oils, so to see I can create my own is great. I plan to try and make this a part of my products. Soon, my webstore should be up and running. Great job
I loved this video. Thank you for teaching us how to make this.
Thank you! I look forward to learning more.
I would love to collect my own resins / gums. Do you know of a good resource for what resin and gum plants/trees are native to the midwest US?
Hi Ann, so most resin producing trees in the midwest are going to be evergreens/conifers and also poplar/cottonwoods. For evergreens you might find Pine, Spruce, Fir, and Cedar, and for Poplar species you’ll want to harvest their resinous buds in the late winter/early spring time, when they’re thick and sticky with dark golden to golden brown resin, before the buds start to open. Good luck!
Thank you so much. This was a fun and absolutely awesome course I appreciate the new paths your lessons have helped me to see and , over the summer especially, explore.
You’re welcome Dorothy, thanks for joining me!
thanks so much. I’ve been making herbal infused oils for a little over a year now and making salves, lotions and potions so happy to have seen this for a new layer to my learning. Well done!
Hi Deb, sounds like this is just what you’re looking for!
Thank you so much for these lessons. I got a lot of information from them. Now I know how you make the resin into powder.
Hi Debbie, I’m happy to hear you’ve gained something useful with me. Thanks for joining me.
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, it’s truly invaluable. The incense crafting course you offered was a beautiful journey and I’m
very much looking forward to starting a new, resin-centered one!
Hi Fay, welcome to the series. I’m happy you’re on board for another great journey with me!
Hi Evan, thanks for this wonderful course. I wanted to make the salve but I have difficulties about the amount of the ingredients.
Do you have also the receipe in ml. en grammes please.
I’m not familar with the American standards.
That would be very heplful for me.
Hello, yes. So 1 cup = 236ml. 1/2 cup = 118ml. 1/4 cup = 59ml.
Oh this salve making video has helped me so much. I had made an oil infusion from the creosote bush and wanted to make a salve. I just couldn’t figure out how to do that more efficiently so I just bottled up some in a stopper bottle to give for skin issues. Now I feel confident to do a salve. Also I’m planning on spending time camping in a pine forest so I will be able to gather the resin for this salve. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your classes. I took the big incense crafting class and learned so much.
Thank you so much for making this information free it is very much appreciated
Thank you for all the information, you are very through and the information is very complete. You have a great presence and I like your style of teaching, I wish you much success for all your hard work.
Thank you Coty. I’m doing my best! Happy to serve.
Thank you do much! Your video is so informative! I’ve had Frankenstein and mer resin That I have not used yet because I haven’t looked into all the different techniques and and now I know different ways of ways of using it. Please do email me more info and videos thank you so much!
I have never made resin infused oil. I have always been interested though. I have been searching how to make it through internet, but cannot decide on which guidance to follow. But I surely can believe your guidance! I feel confident I will make a good resin infused oil with your instruction here. Thank you!
I just bought Frankincense resin, and now searching for Benzoin resin (or is it gum?) since it’s local in my country and I would like to make products with local ingredients. Don’t know if it’s as good medicinally as Pine resin though, so I will have to do research first.
My faith says the more knowledge you give, the more knowledge you get. Thank you!!!
Hi Aliya, I’m glad you’ve found this series. Most Benzoins are oleo-resins, though there are a few that have a gum content from my personal experience in extracting them in different ways. And Frankincense and Benzoin are also full of their own medicinal properties and health benefits.
Thanks so much for sharing this Evan, this is such a valuable offering, am looking forward to trying this and the new workshop, sounds fantastic! I’d like to see what native resins I could potentially use.
Thank you, Evan. This was really well-organized and succinct while being a very informative introduction to resins and how to make use of them for healing products. I have been using aromatherapy with essential oils for several years now and I have really wanted to incorporate the use of resins. I have especially wanted to use Boswellia resin to have access to the Boswellic acids and their wonderful therapeutics! But there are pine trees all around me, and now I can make use of their tree sap with your wonderful easy recipe demo. BTW – I sincerely appreciated that you took the time to explain and emphasize the importance of sustainability. It’s such an important issue.
Hi Barb, I’m happy you found me. It sounds like this is what you were looking for! 🙂
Thank you for putting this workshop together! I have been interested in crafting my own salves and such for awhile and now that I see that it is fairly easy to do, I think I will give it a go. I have pine trees and juniper trees around my house in western Colorado and have collected some pine resin already. Can’t wait to check out your class!
Hi Cheryl, that’s great. You’ve got plenty to work with!
Thank you Evan I really enjoyed the series, you are a fantastic teacher and teach this subject well. I have had an amazing time.
Thanks Carol. I’m happy to hear that. Just sharing what I love. 🙂
I appreciate you sharing your wisdom by providing such detailed salve making information. Your deep awareness regrading sustainability totally resonated with me, all too often individuals have no respect for the ecosystems where they are havesting from. Greed many times is their motivating purpose. I look forward to taking your additional courses to learn more from you!
Hi Mary, it’s crucial that herbal minded crafters who either buy or wild-harvest their own must know the proper sustainable practices. These resources aren’y infinite, unless we learn how to take care of and protect them and give back. It’s all about respect and reciprocity. Thanks for sharing in that belief.
Love your classes. One point I need clarified. Video says one cup olive oil. 8 oz. right? Recipe says 12 oz. ??
Hi Laurie, yes, it’s 1 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of resin. Thanks for catching that! We’ve updated it.
How do we know if the material we have is a resin vs oleo-gum-resin vs gum? Is there a good resource to ID these categories? What category is Myrrh vs Frankincense vs Pine vs Benzoin?
Thank you for this series but I do have a question. If I am just melting the resin into the oil, can I just use the soft resin that has not hardened yet. I feel like it will melt easier and accomplish the same goal. Thanks
Hey Sherri. Great question. If you have softer resins, yes, there are ways you can infuse that into your oil. It will often take much longer than if you have a powder. But if you’re able to somehow break it into smaller pieces, or globs, that will be best. Working with fresher resins can also become a very sticky mess. But it can definitely be done.
Evan, you sure know how to keep my attention! Thoroughly enjoy the Resin classes! You are an amazing teacher!
I look forward to learning more from you!
Thank you Carolyn. I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed this. 🙂
Thank you so much Evan! Really enjoyed this mini delve into the resins! Can’t wait to see what your class brings!
Thank you. Do you recommend any books on resins?
Great workshop! I’m looking forward to learning & working with resins. I would like to know if I want
to add essential oils to my salves when is the best time? and at what temperature?
Hi Angela, the best time for adding them would be right before you pour them into separate storage tins or jars. Or you can even add them individually to each jar if you wish.
Your series came at a time that I had just went to Kentucky to visit…and there gathered pine resin. I look forward to making salve from this now. Thank you for all the energy that you have put into this series
I have been making piñon pine salve for. years. You have a different method and I will incorporate that into my salve making. I live in Durango, CO in a Ponderosa pine forest at 8,000 feet. Lower down I can find Piñon pines with Juniper. The Piñon pine really gives its resin freely. I look forward to learning more in your classes as I love to work with the trees. MAhalo Evan! Thank you very much,. Suzanne
Hi Suzanne. That’s great to hear. I’m happy you were able to learn something new. It sounds like you live in a beautiful place!!
Thank you so much, it’s was vers useful. I never work with the resin or the gums for my product.
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