Gallipot is a tar of coniferous trees. This is a fragrant and viscous substance, a secretion of coniferous trees (pine, fir, larch), that is appeared in case of the tree bark damage. Then the gallipot solidifies on the bark surface and creates a protective barrier which defends the tree against pathogenic microorganisms and insect pests.
Already in the old years the people found out as well the gallipot heals and protects the tree as it can heal and protect human health. People collected, kept it and thanked the trees for help and healing. Because of its amazing properties the gallipot is very popular at the present time. It is obtained at the industrial level at now.
The fir gallipot is obtained from different kinds of this beautiful coniferous tree. The main source of the fir gallipot in Russia is the Siberian fir.
Biologically the Siberian fir (Abies Sibirica) is a kind of pine trees. It grows over all Russian territory, mainly the Western and Eastern Siberia, Altai region. For a long time this evergreen tree has been as “Sacred tree”. It has given health to people which have rightly used its healing properties. Externally, the Siberian fir has a beautiful conical form. The bottom part of a fir trunk is ribbed the top of a trunk is smooth. Fir branches are thin. Bottom branches often go down to the ground. Bark of the Siberian fir is thin, smooth and dark grey with small thickenings. The gallipot so named “Fir balm” is in these thickenings.
The fir gallipot is a very rare product in nature at the present time. Besides, collection of the fir gallipot is rather laborious work. Therefore the fir gallipot is a very valuable product. Because of its unique properties the fir gallipot is used in medicine, pharmaceutical, cosmetology and even industry.
Externally, the fir gallipot is viscous liquid with sticky consistence of yellowish color. It has a pronounced tar and coniferous flavor.
Gallipot of any coniferous tree contains of:
- Volatile substances (32-35%) – monoterpenes (a- и b- penenes, b-phellandrenes, camphene, karen, limine etc.);
- diterpenes, sekswiterpenes and it derivatives (8-10%);
- resin acids (77-77.5%);
- fat acids (0.3%) – lauric, palmitic, palmitoleic, oleic, stearic etc.;
- resin alcohol;
- macro- and microelements;
- amber acid.
Gallipots of coniferous trees differ from each other in content of neutral substances. And the gallipots have a healing effect which depends on these substances. The neutral substances are on average from 6 to 20% of the total weight:
- in the fir gallipot – 8-12%.
Applications in medicine
Gallipots of all the coniferous trees have pronounced antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, antivirus, antifungal, complex restorative, immunomodulatory effects.
The main useful property of the fir gallipot is an antibacterial effect. Gallipots of all the coniferous trees have this feature in varying degrees but the antibacterial effect of the fir gallipot is especially pronounced. The fir gallipot is a natural antibiotic to combat different infections which is not less effective than modern chemical antibiotics. During the Great Patriotic War with a deficit of medicaments this natural means was the invaluable assistance to military surgeons for treating of wounds to protect them against infections.
Besides the fir gallipot, like the gallipot of other coniferous trees, is very effective in the prevention and treatment of many different diceases:
Deceases of the digestive system: stomach and duodenal ulcer, gastritis with acid’s low, gallstone decease, colitis, enterocolitis. The treatment by the gallipot restores the mucous lining, normalizes the digestive tract, improves the liver and pancreas function and also stimulates the secretion of the bile and its outflow.
Deceases of cardiovascular system: cardiac angina, tachycardia, coronary heart decease, different inflammatory deceases of the heart and blood vessels, varicose veins, thrombosis, thrombophlebitis. The fir gallipot and the balms based on it reduce the blood viscosity, strengthen walls of the blood vessels and normalize the blood pressure.
Respiratory deceases: pneumonia, bronchitis, respiratory illnesses, angina (tonsillitis), pharyngitis, laryngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, adenoiditis and accompanying strong cough.
Skin deceases and traumatic injuries: furuncles, carbuncles, trophic ulcers, acne, fistulas, blisters, scabies, herpes, diathesis, fungus, psoriasis, eczema, shingles, burning and frostbites, scratching and abrasions, insect bites. The gallipot disinfects the damaged area of skin and accelerates the regeneration processes. In this scars will not be formed.
Deceases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system: arthritis, polyarthritis, arthrosis, osteochondrosis, rickets, rheumatism and related deceases of the peripheral nervous system (radiculitis, plexitis, neuritis, neuralgia). The gallipot is used externally as a part of ointment, oil or cream to reduce a pain and an inflammatory process. It also stimulates regeneration processes in the tissue of locomotive organs.
Deceases of endocrine system: different thyroid pathologies, diabetes. The gallipot use is very useful in the treatment of different inflammatory thyroid deceases. It also normalizes blood sugar.
Disorders of central nervous system, psychological and emotional state. The gallipot contributes to relieve a stress, irritability, a head pain. It also eliminates insomnia, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome, increases efficiency.
Deceases of genitourinary system: kidney and bladder deceases, urolithiasis, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, prostate adenomas, E.D.). The gallipot has diuretic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory effects. Medicaments with the gallipot accelerate recovery.
Gynaecological deceases: inflammatory and infectious decease (colpitis, cervicitis, erosions, vaginitis, vaginosis, candidiasis, mastitis) and also cracked nipples which arise in the breastfeeding. For the greater effect you can mix external and internal use of the gallipot and medicaments with it. Also the internal use helps to increase lactation in the postpartum period and also to reduce to minimum discomfort and pain in the premenstrual period.
Mouth and gum deceases. The gallipot is used to disinfect and deodorize the mouth cavity, against inflammations of the gum and also to restore the mucous linings. It is applied in the prevention and treatment of dental deceases (pulpitis, gingivitis, stomatitis, periodontal deceases).
Eye deceases. For a long time ago many people knew the gallipot is able to heal any eye decease: cataract, eyesore (corneal opacity) and different eye inflammations.
Oncological deceases. There is a twofold opinion about usefulness the gallipot in the treatment of oncological deceases. There are indications that the use of the gallipot increases sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapy. But once there is an opinion the gallipot activates cancer cell growth that can accelerate decease progression. The least that can be said the use of the gallipot and medicaments with it are suitable nicely to reduce a risk of cancer.
Disorders of the brain. The gallipot is used to stimulate metabolic processes and blood circulation in the brain. It helps to improve the brain activity in cases of injuries and deceases related to impairments of blood circulation in the brain (memory impairment, speech dysfunction etc.). Generally, the cedar gallipot is usually used in those cases. But also gallipots of all the coniferous trees have a similar effect in varying degrees.
Body detoxification. Use of the gallipot stimulates the body renewal at the cellular level, eliminates of accumulated residuals, toxins and parasites.
The ways to use in medicine
At the present time there are a lot of finished medical, cosmetic remedies and even different bioactive supplements based on the gallipot. You can use such finished products. You can use the gallipot independently as well. The advantage of independent preparing of healing remedies based on the gallipot that you will be sure in 100% quality of the product. Also it is very simply to prepare and use such remedies.
There are many simple receipts to prepare it for internal use (teas, infusions) and many simple procedures for external use (rubbing, massage, inhalation therapy, dropping, baths) at home.
The most common method of the use both internal and external is preparing an oily solution based on the gallipot, so named “The gallipot balm”. Such balm is a universal remedy which has a more healing effect than each its component in isolation.
To prepare the gallipot balm you should dissolve the natural gallipot in any vegetable oil (flaxseed oil, cedar nut oil etc.) which picked in according to decease. Concentration of the fir gallipot in such balm depends on type and difficulty of decease as follow:
- internal use – from 1 to 5% of the gallipot;
- external use – from 5 to 100%.
Applications in cosmetology
Because of its reach content and useful properties, the gallipot is effectively used in body and face skin care, hair and nails care. Useful features and methods of their use in cosmetology with the fir gallipot are very similar to features and methods of their use in cosmetology with the cedar gallipot. More information about the use of the cedar gallipot in cosmetology you can see here.
Since the use of the gallipot in the natural pure form is rather difficulty from its viscosity, the gallipot is usually used either as a part of finished cosmetics or products with it preparing independently. The advantage of that independent preparing is that you will be sure in the quality and natural content of this product.
The most common method of independent use of the fir gallipot, as mentioned above, is preparing of an oil solution based on it, so named “The gallipot balm”. As a base for that balm, you can take any vegetable oil (cedar nut oil, flaxseed oil, buckthorn oil etc.) in depend on the purposes for which you need this balm. Useful properties of that balm will be similar with useful properties of the famous “Turpentine balm”, which is prepared on the base of the cedar gallopot and the cedar nut oil. More information about the cedar gallipot and amazing properties of the turpentine balm you can see here.
- Individual intolerance to components of the fir gallipot. It is recommended to test for an allergy before the use. For this you need to apply some quantity of the product onto your wrist or elbow inside. If you have no an allergic reaction in a 12 hours (irritant, rash) you can apply the gallipot.
- Before the internal use of products based on the gallipot consult a doctor especially in cases pregnancy, lactation or childhood under 12 years.
- It is not advisable to use the gallipot and products with it internally if you have hyperacid gastritis or kidney deceases.
Storage conditions and shelf life
Unique property of natural gallipot is that it doesn’t age and keeps its healing properties over the centuries. It is the only feature that the gallipot hardens quickly under influence of oxygen. It is rather difficult to use the gallipot in this solid form. You can solve the problem by heating it a little bit.
With regards to preparing remedies based on the gallipot, you must store them in the dark, dry and cold place but not more than 3 months.