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A few days ago, I had the privilege of going outside and cutting some firewood amidst the confinement, all in preparation for the fall. I had been working away for three hours and had taken my gloves off because my hands began to sweat. I would lift a log into position, then cut away. The smell of fresh Cedars was heavenly. A few Mallard ducks flew over head calling out faintly and the geese were feeding peacefully nearby in the water.

The cedar stumps were very large and under one of the last pieces I failed to notice a wild rose branch stuck on the inside. In one vigorous lifting motion with the stump in hand, I stood up and the thorn cut through my hand like razor wire.

There was quite a sting to the cut, but I continued to lift another piece of Cedar. The second stump had a tear in its bark. The open part exposed some resin, which accidentally smeared onto my cut and this instantly stopped the bleeding as well as the pain. Another helpful thing is that just like pine resin, it also reduced the inflammation. Within days it was all healed up. Gotta love nature.

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