Historical Uses of Extractives and Exudates

  • W. E. Hillis
Part of the Springer Series in Wood Science book series (SSWOO)


When woody plants once covered most of the earth’s surface, they provided not only food, warmth, and shelter, but many of the needs of defense, medicines, culture, and simple pleasures. Some needs could be readily satisfied by using “minor forest products” such as resins for caulking boats, for use in torches, or for providing rigidity in the attachment of spear, arrow, or axe-heads to the shaft before the joints were finally lashed with fibrous material (24). Such resinous products could be provided by a number of sources and a few trials would reveal their effectiveness. Other materials, such as kinos or tannin extracts, when used as astringents for the treatment of diarrhea, would require a more sophisticated knowledge.


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