Black Drawing Salve Recipe for Insect Bites, Splinters & Boils

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Don’t have black drawing salve in your medicine cabinet? Learn why this is one product you don’t want to be without. Plus learn how to make my own original black drawing salve recipe with honey and green tea.

Black Drawing Salve Recipe! This homemade black drawing salve recipe works as a natural home remedy for splinters, boils, acne, bee stings, poison and infections. A twist off traditional black drawing salve recipes, this black drawing salve also contains honey and antioxidant green tea. #blacksalve #salve #medicine #skincare #diy #recipe #drawingsalve #natural #botanical #remedy #homeremedy #naturalremedy

The first time I heard of black drawing salve was when my son was small. He had gotten a boil on his thigh and my grandmother told me to put black salve on it. I had to ask for it at the pharmacy although I still haven’t quite figured out why this is kept “hidden” behind the counter. The salve worked miracles and my son’s boil was gone in no time.

This year I decided to try my hand at making my own black drawing salve recipe. I did a lot of research into ingredients and traditional recipes and came up with my own natural black drawing salve recipe with a bit of a twist. I included not only herbal infused olive oil, local raw beeswax, local raw sourwood honey and activated charcoal in my recipe, but I added some green tea powder extract as well.

I hope you enjoy my black drawing salve recipe as much as I do. It works great for acne, boils, splinters, bee stings, insect bites, poisons and infections. Simply apply to the affected area and cover with a bandage to keep the salve from rubbing off on your clothes.

Black Drawing Salve Recipe! This homemade black drawing salve recipe works as a natural home remedy for splinters, boils, acne, bee stings, poison and infections. A twist off traditional black drawing salve recipes, this black drawing salve also contains honey and antioxidant green tea. #blacksalve #salve #medicine #skincare #diy #recipe #drawingsalve #natural #botanical #remedy #homeremedy #naturalremedy

Black Drawing Salve Recipe with Honey & Green Tea

© Rebecca’s soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. olive oil infused with plantain leaves, calendula flowerscomfrey leaves
1 oz. activated charcoal
.5 oz. raw beeswax
.5 oz. bentonite clay
.5 oz. sourwood honey
.25 oz. 76°F melt point coconut oil
.25 oz. shea butter
.25 oz. green tea powder
2 ml vitamin E
1 ml rosemary extract
1 ml tea tree oil
1 ml fir needle essential oil
1 ml lavender essential oil

Instructions:

In order to make this black drawing salve recipe, you’ll first need to make an herbal oil infusion. To do this gather the plantain leaves, calendula flowers and comfrey leaves and put in a mason jar. Cover the herbs with olive oil and close the container.

Keep the herbal infusion in a cool, dark location turning occasionally for 4-6 weeks. To hasten this process, place the mason jar of oil and herbs in a pot filled about 2/3 of the way full with water. Heat on the stove on warm to low for 3-4 hours, then remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once you’ve infused the olive oil with the botanicals, strain the oil through cheesecloth back into your mason jar.

Now to make the salve, begin by weighing out the beeswax using a digital scale. Place the beeswax in a double boiler and melt. Then weigh out the shea butter and coconut oil and add to the beeswax. Stir until all the ingredients have melted completely then remove from heat.

Next weigh out the herbal oil infusion and stir into the melted ingredients. Do the same with the honey.

Using a graduated transfer pipettes measure out the vitamin E and add to the black drawing salve recipe base. Do the same with the rosemary extract and essential oils using a clean transfer pipette for each ingredient.

In a separate container weigh out the dry ingredients – the green tea powder, activated charcoal, and bentonite clay – and mix. Now combine the dry and wet ingredients and whisk with a fork until thoroughly combined. Pour into glass salve jars or tins and allow to cool completely.

This black drawing salve recipe will yield approximately five 1 oz./28 gram containers.

More recipes to craft with the herbal infused oil from my Black Drawing Salve Recipe

Wondering what else you can make with the rest of your herbal infused oil? Be sure to also check out my natural skin care recipes for homemade lavender mint balm and a natural herbal calendula balm.

For still more options, try your hand at making my lanolin and neem salve recipe, chili and chocolate sore muscle salve recipe, all purpose salve recipe, and my natural lanolin salve recipe. The herbal infused olive oil can be substituted for any of the carrier oils in these recipes.

No time to DIY? Buy it instead!

Black Drawing Salve from Fecund: Herbals Bath and Body Products! Based on two simple ingredients, herbal infused oil and beeswax, salves provide powerful relief for a variety of ailments. Reach for this ‘Drawing’ Herbal Salve to help remove splinters and ingrown hairs, as well as heal boils and blisters. #skincare #blacksalve #homeremedy #drawingsalve #handmade #etsy

Do you want a great black drawing salve you can buy? This herbal black drawing salve from Fecund: Herbals Bath and Body Products is a similar version of my own black drawing salve recipe. Based on two simple ingredients of an herbal infused oil and beeswax, this homemade black drawing salve also contains bentonite clay, activated charcoal and natural essential oils. Reach for this black drawing salve to help remove splinters and ingrown hairs, as well as heal boils and blisters. Buy it online here.

Ichthammol & Pine Tar Black Drawing Salve from Legends Creek Farm. Ichthammol is an old-time remedy used to treat infection, splinters, stings, bites, poison ivy, ingrown toenails, boils and more. While not technically an herbal salve, their version of a black drawing salve instead incorporates pine tar like they used to make it with when it was used worldwide. #blacksalve #drawingsalve #naturalremedy #homeremedy #pinetar #handmade #etsy

You may also want to try Legend’s Creek Farm’s Ichthammol & Pine Tar Black Drawing Salve. Ichthammol is an old-time remedy used to treat infection, splinters, stings, bites, poison ivy, ingrown toenails, boils and more. While not technically an herbal salve, their version of a black drawing salve instead incorporates pine tar like they used to make it with when it was used worldwide.

It is said that applying this salve to a splinter, then wrapping in a band-aid will help draw out the object without having to dig it out yourself. You can buy this pine tar based salve with lanolin here.

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Comments

  1. Allison says:

    This looks wonderful! I have only just recently heard of drawing salves, but they seem really cool. BTW the amount of activated charcoal used is missing from the recipe. Thanks for posting unique and simple recipes that we can use. I have really enjoyed crafting based on your inspiring soaps and other body products!

    • Nice save! This is what happens when I try to cram everything into a tee tiny short little day. I’ve added the amount needed for the activated charcoal. Thanks for reading!

  2. I must try this! This looks awesome for just about any skin condition.

  3. very interesting..This looks like something I should try. Pinned

  4. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try! Do you know approximate shelf life?

  5. I’ve heard of it too, but never found it myself. I might have to whip up a batch because it seems like anything my grandmother used works better than the most expensive prescription.

  6. guinevere says:

    This looks like just what I want, thanks for posting!

    To answer your little ‘wonder’ – the OTC items ‘hidden’ behind the counter at the pharmacy are things they order from the supplier of the prescription medication. Even though they are not by prescription, they are sold from behind the counter because the store itself doesn’t carry it, so it is the pharmacy which sells it, not the store. (Thus it usually has a different sort of price tag.)
    Pharmacies can order many hard-to-find OTC items, just ask them!

  7. Hi. Just found your recipe for this on Homestead and Survival blogpost.
    One question: you list the first 8 ingredients in oz., then switch to metric for the last 5. since I’m in the US, I have trouble making the conversions, especially with such tiny amounts. Could you please list the amounts for the last 5 in oz (or drops)? Thanks!

    • I’m in the USA as well. The droppers come marked in ml which is the easiest to use for larger amounts of liquid. 20 drops is equal to 1 ml, however, you’ll get a more accurate measurement using a graduated plastic transfer pipette which is especially helpful if you are making larger quantities and increasing the recipe. There’s no need to do any conversion as the amounts in ml are fluid measurements and not by weight. 20 drops or 1ml can’t be converted to ounces and weighed as the weight is too small to register on most scales.

  8. marianne says:

    What makes the salve ‘draw’ ?

  9. NostalgicGranny says:

    Does this need some sort of preservative?

  10. Is the infused olive oil necessary or will regular extra virgin olive oil work? I don’t have those leaves and flowers on hand and do not want to buy them just for one salve and never use them again, especially since my husband is allergic to bananas which might mean the plantain leaves are a no go.

    • Plantain leaves aren’t from the fruit plantains but rather they are weeds that come up in spring around the same time as wild violets. The herbs give the salve extra healing properties but you can omit them if you like. However they are standard in most drawing salve recipes.

  11. Fantastic! We used this as kid; on a ranch mishaps happen, including bee stings. Much better than mud packs. Thanks.

  12. What can I use in place of bentonite clay? It’s not available to consumers here.

  13. Rebecca – are the oils measured in fluid oz or in weight?

  14. Thanks.

  15. where can I find the plantain leaves?

  16. This used to be a staple in our medicine cabinet when I was a kid. You can’t find it anymore and it worked wonders! Would you sell some?

  17. Hi, why do you use sourwood honey as opposed to any other honey.

    Carol

  18. Thank you, I saw your blog via pintrest. I can’t wait to make this , I hope I can find everything I need.

  19. Hello Rebecca, are the E. O. Just for the smell or to help the salve ? Thank you so much for the recipe .

    • Lavender eo has skin healing properties and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. Fir needle eo also has antiseptic properties. You can omit them or sub with eo’s that have properties that suit your needs.