Black Drawing Salve has many versions but the one used for this herbal salve has a history rooted in the land of the Amish and Mennonite communities. A proud and rich heritage of farming and various trades ensures the need for first aid supplies equip to handle the day to day mishaps of a hands on, hard-working lifestyle.
Whether from the latest work shop project or on the wooden playground equipment, splinters are always a risk for fingers and bare feet. Even with thick gloves, working with prickly plants seems to inevitably result in a painful, embedded piece of thorn. Inflamed spider bites, bee stings and even boils all need a remedy able to draw out toxins and help avoid infection.
Activated charcoal is a very porous kind of carbon that has the ability to draw out toxins and poisons. Used externally as part of a black salve, the combination of the charcoal along with its assistants, kaolin clay and honey, create a pulling action that draws foreign objects to the skin's surface.
Kaolin clay and charcoal tend to be drying to the skin, so to balance things out, shea butter, coconut oil, and herbal infused olive oil are included. Shea butter and coconut oil are in themselves wonderful therapeutic moisturizers, very often a part of recipes dealing with skin inflammation or irritation. Should you have a coconut or shea butter allergy, let me know and I will substitute cocoa butter.
Plantain, yarrow, calendula, comfrey, chamomile are all powerhouses for skin problems, wound care and healing in general. Various combinations of these herbal infusions are used to assist with the discomforts of our mishaps.
Finally, lavender and tea tree essential oils have often been called "medicine in a bottle" and greatly assist in the attempt to avoid infection. Put all these ingredients together and we have an antimicrobial, astringent and antiseptic handmade remedy that should be in every first aid kit.
Clean the area well and put a generous amount of black salve over the wounded area. Cover with gauze or a band-aid. The salve won't stain the skin, but will stain clothes, so be sure to cover with the bandage. Leave on at least a few hours, preferably overnight to give it time to draw out the object and any infection. This may need to be repeated a few times.
This is a wonderful home remedy for splinters, bites, boils, and wounds, but it is not a replacement for medical advice if necessary.
Black Drawing Salve comes in a 2 oz. plastic jar
External use only
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