Black drawing salves were used since ancient times to draw out splinters, boils, pieces of glass, etc. They are basically ointments containing a mixture herbs, oils, wax, and activated charcoal, which are both known to draw out toxins and other foreign material stuck in the skin.
The drawing salve works in a way that when you apply it on the affected area, it softens the skin by weakening it, then increases blood circulation to the area which causes pus to form around the splinter, boil, or other wound. As you apply the drawing salve consistently, the foreign object and pus are naturally drawn out of the skin, hence the name drawing salve.
Use to draw out:
My Easy Recipe
This recipe is so easy, you can make it in 30 minutes. The hardest thing is waiting for the beeswax to melt.
Oil Infusion Options
You may use an oil that has been infused with calendula, plantain, goldenseal, or any other herb you wish. Using an infusion instead of plain olive oil, or other oil, increases the healing properties. How to infuse? Add your fresh or dried herb, flowers, roots, etc. to a glass jar, pour oil to cover plus two inches. Cover and allow to infuse for 4-6 weeks.
Combine oils and beeswax in heat proof glass container. Warm on a candle warmer, or in a pan of water. Heat until beeswax melts.
I like using the candle warmer because with the pan of water, water droplets will form on the inside of the glass. Therefore, there is chance of bacteria.
Wipe water droplets with a clean cloth or paper towel, if any. Then add charcoal, clay, and essential oils. Mix well. I use a small mixer (I love it!) for all my blending.
Pour into container of choice. Allow to dry, and store in a cool, dry place.
This recipe makes 4-one ounce tins. When cooled, it's ready to use, so apply a little to your skin. I usually cover the salve with a bandage, because it's black after all, and can get on clothes.
Enjoy the natural healing!
This recipe can be used for educational and personal use only. May not be used for commerical use.
Lisa Ray, Herbalist
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