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.


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 first a wife to her best friend Ryan, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, Holistic Health Practitioner in the state of Utah and Traditional Naturopath outside of the state of Utah, master gardener, yoga/pilates instructor, certified clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist, and doula. She is a very passionate advocate of all things Mother Nature! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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