Black Drawing Salve Recipe

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This black drawing salve recipe will give you a powerful natural remedy for your home first aid kit.

Black drawing salve recipe tallow

Nobody likes to get things like splinters, wasp stings, or infected wounds! These things can be a little more intimidating to treat than surface wounds. Deeper injuries need different care compared to shallow ones.

Black drawing what?

If you’re new to the idea of a black salve, let’s talk for a second about what they are and how they work. Unlike healing salves, drawing salves use certain ingredients to draw toxins, infections, and foreign substances up and out of a wound. They are a wonderful traditional remedy, and have been used for many years.

What is black drawing salve used for?

I also have a post where I show how to make an herb infused tallow salve. That one is a great herbal healing salve for shallow wounds, like cuts, scrapes, scratches, and bruising. It’s not so ideal though for wounds that have dirt or deep splinters or infections in them. In those cases, the fast healing action from the herbs can actually seal over the top layer of skin on a wound, keeping the dirt, splinter, or infection lurking under the surface.

Deeper wounds that involve dirt, splinters, infections, or even stings, respond really well to a black salve. The powerful drawing action pulls the dirt and infection up to the surface. That way, the wound can be clean and heal properly.

Black drawing salve is perfect for those pesky splinters that hide out under the skin, out of the reach of tweezers. It will pull the splinter up to surface so that it can be removed.

This is a great thing to keep on hand for bee and wasp stings, too. The ingredients in black salve draw the venom up and out of stings, so that relief and healing can occur.

People have even successfully used black drawing salve to treat boils and other skin infections. It draws the infection up to the surface so that it can heal.

Black drawing salve recipe

Why tallow?

You can definitely make a black drawing salve recipe with other fats and oils. A common base is a combination of olive oil and beeswax. While this can still work very well, I always like to make the very best version possible of anything I’m creating.

You probably already know how much I love grass fed tallow. It has phenomenal skin benefits! As I was designing this black drawing salve recipe, I knew I wanted to incorporate tallow. I love how instead of just acting as a base to hold the active ingredients, grass fed tallow has its own antibacterial and skin healing properties. Tallow is incredible for rapidly healing skin, because it contains so many vital nutrients that skin needs.

What other ingredients are used?

The two main drawing ingredients in this black salve are activated charcoal, and bentonite clay. Activated charcoal is well known for its effectiveness in pulling out and absorbing toxins and poisons. Bentonite clay is powerful at both cleansing and drawing out infections and toxins.

I like to add some tea tree and lavender essential oils as well. These help with infection fighting and wound healing.

How to use it

My favorite way to use a black drawing salve is to first clean the wound the best I can with soap and warm water. Then I gently dry the wound, and apply a generous, thick layer of black salve. After that I cover the wound with a bandage and let the salve do its work. Right before bed is a great time to put the black salve on a wound. I like to make sure that the wound is bandaged well, because the black salve can definitely stain clothing.

After the salve has been on the wound for several hours or more (overnight is great!) I remove the bandage and carefully clean away the salve. At this point I like to to examine the wound to see how it’s doing.

I clean away anything that the salve has drawn out. If it looks like another application would be good to complete healing, I put more salve and a clean bandage on, and let it sit some more. Once the wound looks nice and clean, and there isn’t any sign of remaining infection, I expose it to the air and let it finish healing. The rest of the healing usually happens very quickly at this point.

Black drawing salve recipe tallow salve

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Black drawing salve recipe directions

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt tallow balm over a gentle heat until it is liquid.
  2. Pour needed amount of tallow balm into a quart mason jar.
  3. Add the beeswax to the tallow balm.
  4. Create a double boiler by placing the mason jar on a cloth inside a saucepan with water.
  5. Heat the water until it comes to a low simmer.
  6. Once beeswax is melted, stir to combine well.
  7. Add bentonite clay and activated charcoal to liquid tallow balm and stir to incorporate well.
  8. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Stir to combine.
  9. Pour hot mixture into tins or jars to store.
  10. Allow tins to sit until salve is solid.
  11. Put lids on containers and store in a cool, dark place.

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Black drawing salve recipe tallow

This black drawing salve recipe will give you a powerful natural remedy for your home first aid kit.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grass fed tallow balm
  • 2 tsp beeswax
  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tbsp activated charcoal
  • 6 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions

  1. Melt tallow balm over a gentle heat until it is liquid.
  2. Pour needed amount of tallow balm into a quart mason jar.
  3. Add the beeswax to the tallow balm.
  4. Create a double boiler by placing the mason jar on a cloth inside a saucepan with water.
  5. Heat the water until it comes to a low simmer.
  6. Once beeswax is melted, stir to combine well.
  7. Add bentonite clay and activated charcoal to liquid tallow balm and stir to incorporate well.
  8. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Stir to combine.
  9. Pour hot mixture into tins or jars to store.
  10. Allow tins to sit until salve is solid.
  11. Put lids on containers and store in a cool, dark place.

13 thoughts on “Black Drawing Salve Recipe”

    • I think it would work, but it might make the consistency softer, so you might want to increase the beeswax a little bit. They last quite a while as the ingredients are all very shelf stable, at year at least.

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  1. I just want to make sure I understand correctly. We need to make tallow balm with the olive oil in it first and then melt that down to make the salve? Because in the video it looked like you just used tallow. I’ve been wanting to try making a drawing salve for awhile so I am excited about this recipe.

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  2. I just made this and realized the Tallow balm I used is mixed with olive oil. Will that make it be too liquidy? Do I need to add anything else?

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    • No that’s perfect! That’s how I make it, and if you follow the recipe for the rest of the ingredients, it turns out to be the perfect texture πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

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        • It should be easily spreadable, but should also stay in place where you want it. The beeswax should help it be the right consistency. If you feel like it’s too thin, you could always melt it again and add some more beeswax. Let me know how it goes! I’m happy to help further πŸ™‚

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