Recipe Friday: Black Drawing Salve


This stuff just looks like it means business. And it does.

Black salve is a drawing salve that draws impurities like bites and splinters out of the skin. Apply it to a splinter or a boil, bandage the affected skin.
Applied over a bite or sting, it can draw out the irritation. If you see a stinger embedded, you can scrape it out first, then apply the salve.
A light splinter could move to the surface of the skin in a few hours. Deep slivers may need the salve reapplied.
Be careful when stirring it, and when applying it: you don’t want it on clothing or bedding, etc. Once applied, wrap with a cloth or bandage. It can be re-applied as often as needed.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil OR shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal *


Melt the olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax together. Once it is fully melted, remove from the heat and carefully stir in the charcoal. The charcoal tends to fly so you’ll want to be gentle in the stirring. Continue stirring while the mixture cools and thickens. Transfer to a salve tin. Label and date.

This mixture will keep for at least a year.

* 1 tablespoon activated charcoal = 8 – 10 260mg capsules

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