DIY Black Drawing Salve
By Alexis Rowe - June 20, 2014
Activated Charcoal is THE best herbal remedy for pulling out splinters, wasp stingers, poison from insect bites, and more. Add to Charcoal, herbs that will aid in drawing infections and toxins out of the body, such as Plantain and Calendula, and there you have a simple, effective remedy for all your summertime needs! So get outside, armed and prepared with your first-aid Black Drawing Salve!
DIY Black Drawing SalveWhat You'll Need:
3 tsp. Activated Charcoal 3 tsp. Bentonite Clay 1/2 tsp. Vitamin E Oil 25 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil 8 Tbsp. of Infused Herbal Oil 2 tsp. Beeswax 1 - 4 oz. Glass Jelly Jar
Infused Herbal Oil -There are many different methods and instructions on how to make an infused oil. Check out this Ultimate How-To Guide for simple, easy-to-follow directions on how to make, store, and enjoy Herbal Infused Oils the right way! I use this guide all the time! Or check out this link for the quick, condensed version. Use the following herbs in your infused oil.
DIY Black Salve - 1. Combine the Activated Charcoal, Bentonite Clay, and Essential Oils in a large glass or wooden bowl. Set aside. 2. Combine infused oil and beeswax in a double boiler. (You can use a pot full of water and a bowl or pot on top of that, for an easy, makeshift double boiler.) 3. Heat on Medium-Low until the beeswax has melted entirely. Then add oil mixture into the powder mixture gradually; stop and stir the mixture frequently to incorporate the oil properly. 4. Pour the salve into a glass jar. Let cool until it hardens completely. This recipe makes 4 oz. of Black Salve. Note: If you notice after the salve has hardened, that your powders have sunk to the bottom of the jar, and your oil has stayed on the top, simply mix the salve again with a spoon, until the powders and hardened oil are mixed again. This will result in a soft, creamy salve that is easy to apply. Enjoy!
How To Use - Place a small amount of the finished salve directly onto a bug bite, splinter, rash, or anything else that could be helped with a "drawing" effect. Cover the application with a Band-Aid to insure that the salve doesn't smear and stain clothing. Allow the salve to sit directly on skin for up to 12 hours. Continue application until problem is remedied. The finished product will last for at least one year if kept in a cool, dark location. Enjoy!