Timberbeast, I once had an old neighbor that was one of the last of the old time loggers in the U.P. and he cut himself pretty badly while logging. Well, blood poisoning set in, and they carried him to an old, country,doctor who pretty much told him there was no hope, but that he had an Indian remedy that might work, from which he made a tea of the roots of Tag Alder. Providence or the remedy worked because he was around till a few years ago, and believe it or not when he felt poorly he would drink some that he kept in his refrigerator, and yes I tried it. Tasted just like coal tar to me, yuck! But I make some every couple of years too and so far I'm still kicking.