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DIY Black Drawing Salve
By Alexis Rowe - June 20, 2014

DIY Black Drawing Salve

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 Salve


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!
Have you ever used this kind of salve? What is the most common ailment you would use the Black Salve for?


  1. Kjungyrl
    Thank you. I can't find drawing salve here in San Antonio. Got a batch years ago at my MIL in Missouri and am running out.
    1. Alexis Rowe
      I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!
  2. Amy
    Love the salve idea! Used the Activated Charcoal in a poultice to help draw out a very bad infection on the top of my toe. I have Type 1 diabetes and it is getting more difficult to heal skin infections. After trying different soaking methods and other natural remedies for a month with no affect, the infection was spreading. After one overnight application of the poultice, the infection was gone and the area finally healed.
    1. angie
      there is a ointment made from oak called "amerigel" that is used in wound care clinics for diabetic and gangrene patients..it is natural .... all diabetics should keep a tube at home..expensive but amazing !
  3. Lindacay
    Thankyou for the recipe
  4. susan
    good for boils to bring to a head for sure or like you said the drawing power is amazing thank you
  5. Jennifer Dages
    The only thing I have like this is salve I bought with petroleum which grosses me out. I am so going to make this to have around.
  6. Dottie
    My grandmother told me about black drawing salve and said should always keep it as a staple in my medicine cabinate. I have always got it as 'Ichthamol ointment'. I am glad to find a recipe that I can make myself. Thanks.
  7. Michelle
    I was bite by a brown recluse spider about a year ago and used warm salt water to immediately pull the poison out and placed a drawing salve very close to this one on it (covered) for three days (weekend). The following monday I went to the doctor, he was so amazed at the healing of the bite that he took down the recipe I used, saying I was the first time he did not have to send a person to the hospital or give antibiotics to for this bite :-)
    1. Meagan
      Awesome! So good to know Michelle, and I'm glad everything turned out okay in your case. Thanks for sharing with us!
  8. Lynda
    Is there a reason you wouldn't recommend adding comfrey to the infused oil?
    1. Meagan
      The reason is because comfrey causing cell regeneration and can cause the skin to quickly heal over the thing you're trying to draw out. It's best to leave it out of drawing clays and salves and use it after the wound is thoroughly cleaned when you're ready for more healing to that area. Does that make sense??
  9. Lynda
    Aah! Yes, that makes lots of sense. Thanks!
  10. Ilona
    Can I substitute virgin coconut oil for the beeswax?
    1. Meagan
      You can, but it may not harden up as much as it will with beeswax and it will liquify when you put it on your skin instead of staying where you put it. Of course you can always try it and see how it goes.
  11. Lucy
    We use Drawing Salve. On my husband's boils.
  12. Dale W Miller
    First used black drawing salve about 50 years ago to draw out boils on patients at facility I worked at in rural Illinois - worked like a charm! Hard to find now-a-days, but can make this preparation at home! Thanks for the recipe; glad to see that it also works for splinters and stingers.
    1. Meagan
      Thanks for sharing your experience with us Dale!