Organic Emily

Black Drawing Salve

Black Drawing Salve

This salve is wonderful for drawing out an kind of infection or poison from insect bites especially. It is safe to use on animals as well.

Recipe

The first step is to make an oil infusion. This can be done either outside in the sun or over the stove top.
Solar or stove top infuse dried calendula flowers and dried plantain leaves. Place equal amounts of the herbs in a jar or small pot. Cover with 18 – 20 oz of olive oil, make sure the herbs are covered and place outside in the sun for 2 – 4 weeks. If you need it faster infuse the herbs is the same amount of oil over the stove top on very low heat for about an hour, be careful not to burn the herbs. Strain the herbs.  You should measure out 18 oz infused oil for this recipe.

For the salve you will need:
18 oz. infused calendula and plantain oil
2 oz coconut oil
4-5 oz or (1/2 cup) beeswax shredded or beads depending on how hard you want the salve to be.
4 tablespoons activated charcoal
4 tablespoons Bentonite clay
30 drops tea tree essential oil
30 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops vitamin E oil

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax with the infused oil. Test the salve to make sure it is set enough to your liking by placing some in a spoon and placing in the freezer for 2 minutes.  If it is set enough turn off the heat and add the remaining ingredients.  If not add a little more beeswax. Quickly pour into tins or jars before setting up. You can always heat it slightly to melt down if it sets up too fast. Label and date.  Keep in the fridge for long term storage.

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, Mom of 4 cute kids, Yoga instructor and very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients and her escapades as the keeper of both backyard chickens and honeybees!

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