The power of our products is based on the best things from Finnish nature and forests: tar, resin, pitch, spruce branch extract and many others. Especially the forests of Lapland are the source of our precious active ingredients without forgetting the rest of Finland.
Many of our effective substances may even be found in your own immediate environment.
When collecting active ingredients, we rely on the solid professionalism of local operators and traditional production methods that respect nature. In many cases, collection and processing are demanding manual work, which is the result of years of experience.
Supporting domestic work is important to us. By buying Tervaskanto products, you support domestic work in all stages of production.
Genuine grave tar
Tar burning starts with the most important thing, i.e. the acquisition of stumps to be burned, from sandy clearings. The best tar is obtained from resin-rich pine. Therefore, only old pine stumps that are covered with moss are suitable for burning. Greyed, tall stumps are not suitable for burning high-quality tar.
Today, the stumps are hollowed out with machines and the trees must be of uniform thickness so that the fire in the grave takes place evenly. Building and burning a tar pit is a process that requires time and skill. In total, it takes about four days to burn the tar pit. One cubic meter of tar yields an average of 15 liters of tar.
The tar from the oven or the grave is not yet usable, but contains other substances, e.g. tar water and vinegar. These substances are separated from the tar before it is ready for use.
As the old saying goes, whatever you do, tar it. Tar is used in a variety of ways from a protective agent to a freshener. For example, in healthcare, tar is used to neutralize odors by putting a few drops of it on a respirator. To remove odors, tar can also be used at home or in a cottage, for example to remove chemical odors or to reduce wood odors.
We get the honey used in our products directly from a beekeeper, where bees are cared for and honey is produced in the middle of pure nature. The well-being of bees and their proper care are important to our producer.
Honey protects and soothes the skin. Its nutrients are easily absorbed by the skin and hair. According to folklore, honey is nature's own antibiotic, it has been found to have antibacterial and wound healing properties.
The time to collect spruce is from spring to early summer, when the spruce's pale annual growths are fresh. Collecting Spruce begins with asking the landowner's permission, after which we go into the forest to pick annual growth. Spruce are frozen as they are or they are boiled and the bath water is frozen for later use.
According to folklore, the fir tree has been found to help with respiratory problems, as it has been found that the antioxidants of the fir tree have a mucus-removing effect and open the respiratory tract.
Spruce branch extract
The time of preparation of spruce branch extract does not depend on the season, as the extract is made from felled spruce branches. There is a lot of branch material and it is easy to separate it from wood chips. Wood is ground from the base of the branch, which is extracted into a liquid.
The basal extract of the spruce branch contains the same active substances as spruce resin. The active substances obtained from spruce, such as lignans, have been scientifically proven to enhance cell regeneration. Spruce branch root extract has usually been used in cosmetics and skin creams in small quantities to improve shelf life and protect the skin from external irritations. Now, for the first time, the extract is used in larger quantities as a treatment agent in the cream.
Spruce resin is collected in spring. Collecting starts by asking the landowner's permission. The well-being of the trees is important to our contract collectors, they do not damage the trees, but collect resin from naturally formed tree wounds (lightning strikes, animal scratches, branches broken by storms). In them, the resin content is richer than in intensively produced resin.
The resinous bark is carefully removed from the tree with a chisel-headed knife. The resin-bark mixture is allowed to dry in an airy space, after which it is stored. The production process starts with removing the resin from the bark, after which it is cleaned for further production. For many collectors, work is a nice hobby and a way to get moving and enjoy being in the forest.
Studies have found that the lignans and coumaric acids in spruce resin prevent inflammation and promote wound healing. According to folklore, pitch has been used for hundreds of years for wounds, burns and inflamed rashes. The sticks were also removed from the skin with pitch cream. The ointment was applied to the patch and the patch to the fresh damaged area. After a day, the stick had risen painlessly into the patch.
Beeswax is a wax consisting of the honey ingredients of plants, which bees secrete and use as a building material for their hive cells. The beekeeper collects the honeycombs at harvest time and peels off the wax from the top of the honey and spins the honey. This excess shell wax is cleaned and used to make beeswax products. Since beeswax is a byproduct of honey production, the wax we use comes from nurseries all over Finland to our producer, who takes care of cleaning the wax for delivery.
Natural and completely additive-free beeswax used in cosmetics gives a caring composition to products used on the skin. It protects, soothes and softens the skin.
Pitch oil is produced from pine tar stumps during tar burning. Oil is obtained from tar by steam distillation. It is initially a colorless liquid insoluble in water, but gradually turns brown. Separating high-quality and pure pitch oil in connection with burning tar is a precise and demanding job that only a few know how to do.
Pitch oil contains the health-supporting ingredients obtained from pine in a concentrated form. According to folklore, pitch oil has been used, among other things, for coughs and colds, to repel insects and their stings, and for stuffy noses and runny noses.
Tar is the water released from the tar trees in the initial stage of tar burning, mixed with a small amount of tar. More tar cake is also formed during the standing phase of the tar, when the heavy water containing various chemical substances in the tar sinks to the bottom of the storage container.
Tar is used, among other things, by mixing it with steam water, which gives it a pleasant smell and a gentle image of a smoke sauna. According to folklore, tarvanku has also been used in steam inhalation to relieve colds and congestion.