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DIY: Black Drawing Salve

admin May 29, 2015

Written by Kate Tietje

This is a very simple salve to make, but a very important one. I knew I needed to add it to my summer first aid kit. You never know when someone will get a splinter, touch a thorny bush, or get a tick bite. That’s where drawing salve comes in.

This drawing salve contains activated charcoal and bentonite clay, 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 a great addition because it is generally soothing. It’s very easy to make and something you shouldn’t be without.

Don’t want to make your own? Buy Black Drawing Salve at Earthley, our store! It is made with castor oil, extra virgin olive oil, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, candelilla wax, and lavender essential oil.

Last fall, we had this in our first aid kit when an adult friend said during our hike that she had brushed up against a plant and felt itchy. Right away, a small rash started. We put this salve on it, and she told me later that the rash was gone when we got home! 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 itchy. There are 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 just until it is 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 to use. Put a lid on it and store it in a cool, dry place. Use in a small amount on splinters, thorns, bites, stings, and even burns. Keep the area clean and dry until the splinter is out.

Note: Store it high if you have little ones! See Everything You Need to Know about Activated Charcoal for tips on how to get messes out and what to do if your little one does get into it!

Have you ever made or used a black drawing salve?

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  2. I’ved used a paste of charcoal. I keep charcoal caps in my purse for internal or external use. This salve is a great idea!


  3. Do you think coconut oil or sweet almond oil would work with this instead of apricot? I already have those two on hand.


  4. […] perfected it.  My ideal magnesium lotion recipe.  (I super love perfecting things, like my DIY Black Drawing Salve, which is a staple in my medicine […]


  5. Is there a specific purpose for the apricot oil? I have so many other oils, but not this one.


  6. […] a drawing salve to relieve the extreme itchiness, and boost the inflammatory foods, such as some ginger popsicles, […]


  7. […] Drawing like pulling out splinters from the body or poison from insect stings. Here’s a great recipe on how to make your own drawing […]


  8. Do I have to use the Lavender? I am allergic to it. If I don’t use it will the salve still work?


  9. I’m wondering if you have a specific pot dedicated to salves and other items like this. I am a beekeeper, so I know from working with wax how hard it is to get off of items. I wouldn’t want to use my normal cookware for beeswax-containing projects. Just wondering how you handle that, along with cleanup. Also, is there anything to consider when sourcing the ingredients you included? Can other oils than apricot be used or is there something that it brings in particular?


    • Hello, Dani, and thank you so much for your questions. I prefer the double broiler method with wide-mouth mason jars when dealing with wax. When it’s time to clean up, it just takes a little elbow grease and a good scrubbing sponge, but it does get clean. The oils and herbs are interchangeable, but the charcoal is necessary for the drawing effect. Whatever you add to your salve, we recommend cold-pressed oils and non-GMO or organic ingredients. Hope this helps. 🙂


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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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