Sticky Gum & the Ts’iivii

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Pitch oozing out of ts’iivii, the spruce tree. When you’re out cutting wood or picking berries and you need a treat, chew the older rose colored sap like gum. Yum!

My Gwich’in friends tell me to heat a few tablespoons in a pot of water, and drink it to reduce coughing and relieve sore throat.

You also can make a salve from it; just heat the clearer sticky gum in a little water until it melts, mix in some fat and stir until all is liquid. If you put it on your wound, it will heal faster and you will have less chance of infection.

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