Learn how to make this old fashion drawing salve with a few simple ingredients.
Black drawing salve is one of those handy, easy to make items that all homesteaders should keep on hand. It is useful for splinters, minor scratches, and as a beekeeper I like to use it on the occasional self-inflicted bee sting as a result of my own carelessness at the hive. These also make wonderful gifts...
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So let's get cooking!
5 Tablespoons of infused olive oil (Learn how to make infused oils here.)
I like to use a combination of plantain and calendula.
1 Tablespoon Castor Oil
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
2 teaspoons Shea Butter (Coming soon: Learn how to use raw, unrefined shea butter.)
1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
2 Tablespoons Beeswax
2 Tablespoons Kaolin or Bentonite Clay
2 Tablespoons Activated Charcoal Powder
Essential Oils: I like to use 25 drops of Lavender and 10 drops of Tea Tree
Combine your infused olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and vitamin oil into a heat proof container like a metal can or container using a double broiler method (in a pan of water). Keep in mind that the activated charcoal can stain and is a bit messy, so keep clean-up in mind. Heat the oils and beeswax over low heat until it is fully melted.
Remove from heat and add in your essential oils, clay and charcoal and stir well to incorporate. I use a wooden skewer...
Pour the salve into glass containers before it solidifies. Because the purpose of a drawing salve is to draw, metal tins and containers can leach properties into the salve so glass is ideal. You can grab some here in the 2 ounce size or use a 4 ounce jelly jar. This recipe will fill two (2) of the 2 oz containers or one (1) jelly jar.
Use it! Take a dab and put it where you need it, like on a splinter or bug bite and cover with a bandage (to keep it from staining) overnight. To draw out an object like a splinter it may take a day or two.
Keep in mind that natural remedies are great to have on hand, but they shouldn't replace medical care from a professional when it is needed. You should always check in with your health care provider about using this or any other herbal remedy and direct your questions or concerns to them.