This is a very simple salve to make, but a very important one. It’s one I knew I needed to add to my summer first aid kit. You never know when someone’s going to get a splinter, or touch a thorny bush and get one stuck. That’s where drawing salve comes in.
A drawing salve contains activated charcoal and bentonite clay, both of which help draw out any poisons, splinters, or other “stuff” that shouldn’t be in the skin. It can help with bug bites and stings, too. Lavender is generally soothing. It’s very easy to make, and it’s something you shouldn’t be without.
Last fall, we had this in our first aid kit when an adult friend said, during our hike, that she’d brushed up against a plant and felt itchy and had a small rash starting. We put this salve on it, and she told me later that by the time we got home, the rash was basically gone! We also used it on chicken pox on our kids later in the fall, and it helped them sleep a little better when the spots were itchiest. Lots of uses for this one!
Black Drawing Salve
- 1 oz. apricot oil
- 1 tbsp. lavender buds
- 2 tsp. activated charcoal
- 1 tsp. bentonite clay
- 1 tbsp. beeswax
Step 1: Mix apricot oil and lavender buds in a small glass container, and let it sit overnight to infuse.
Step 2: Strain the oil through a cloth, squeezing it out completely. Discard the herbs.
Step 3: Pour the oil into a clean saucepan and add the beeswax. Turn it on low heat until just melted.
Step 4: Remove from heat, add the activated charcoal and clay. Stir until combined.
Step 5: Pour into a 2-oz. tin, or two 1-oz. tins and allow to cool completely.
Once it’s cool, it’s ready. Put a lid on it and store it in a cool, dry place. Use in a small amount on splinters, thorns, bites, stings, even on burns. Keep the area clean and dry until the splinter is out.
**Don’t want to make your own? Buy some at Earthley, our store!**
Have you ever made or used a black drawing salve?
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