Black Drawing Salve Recipe for Insect Bites, Splinters & Boils
Don’t have black drawing salve in your herbal apothecary? Discover the uses for black drawing salve and why this natural home remedy is a must in your home. Plus learn how to make my own original black drawing salve recipe with honey and green tea for a fun twist. You can use your finished product from my black drawing salve recipe to help soothe insect bites as well as draw out splinters, boils and more, as well as promote healing!
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 with Honey & Green Tea
© Rebecca D. Dillon
These are the ingredients you will need to make a black drawing salve for insect bites, bee stings and boils:
- 1.5 oz. olive oil infused with plantain leaves, calendula flowers & comfrey 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
How to Make Black Salve
Follow these directions to make a black salve:
- 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 Natural Remedies
You can use the leftover herbal infused oil from my black salve recipe to create other natural remedies as well. Be sure to check out my recipes for making a 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.
Where to Buy Black Drawing Salve
There are a number of artisans that sell handcrafted black drawing salve on Etsy. They offer both traditional recipes and their own variations including ones with pine tar. Following are some of my favorite sellers where you can purchase black salve:
- Forest Hills Remedies Traditional Black Salve
- Skin Forward Drawing Salve for Boils
- Soapsmith Traditional Amish Black Salve with Pine Tar
- Mineral Basin Drawing Salve
- Pine Tar Salve with Charcoal
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