Day 158: Sweetgum

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Sweetgum is a very pleasant tree. I sat under this particular treatment for about an hour. I was in a people and nature watching mood. The squirrels were burying nuts from an oak tree and chasing each other away.

Sweetgum leaves havean awesome smell. So if you ever see the 5-7 point star leaves take a moment to crush one up and smell it. It has something to do with he tanins in he plant.

The gum or resin extracted from the bark of the tree was used as chewing gum for many years. (Sweetgum Uses, Wikipedia).

It has been used as medicines and teas over the years as well, but mostly it is used for its wood or landscaping purposes because it turns beautifully in the fall.

The more you nature.