Drawing Salve Recipe
All sort of minor skin issues, such as burns and rashes, can be successfully treated with the help of this wonderful ointment. In the Amish community, it is known as “Hilla schemer” or the “healing smear,” being used for the removal of toxins and also of foreign objects, such as wooden or metal splinters, from the skin.
It is one of the best ways to remove skin tags, its strength and effectiveness depending on the chosen recipe (and clearly the ingredients used).
Drawing salve can be used to heal boils, as it draws the pus to the surface and stimulates the faster healing of the skin. It is recommended for the removal of thorns and glass shards, as well as for the treatment of cystic acne and insect/spider bites.
If you have had a nasty encounter with poison ivy or oak, you can use black healing salve with confidence. Ingrown toenails can be treated with this natural remedy as well.
In conclusion, Black healing salve is a wonderful natural remedy, one that has its roots in the Amish community but is popular all over the world nowadays. It is recommended for minor skin issues, pulling out toxins, foreign bodies and helping one deal with acne. It should never be confused with the more potent black salve, which contains zinc and bloodroot, being recommended as a controversial treatment for skin cancer.
Black Drawing Salve
If you are interested in preparing the black healing salve in the comfort of your home, these are the ingredients you are going to require:
Castor oil (1/2 c) – anti-inflammatory, skin moisturizing, reduces acne
Coconut oil (1/2 c) – anti-inflammatory, skin moisturizing, antibacterial, antiseptic, stimulates the faster healing of the skin
Activated charcoal (3 teaspoons) – pulls out toxins and foreign bodies from the level of the skin; reduces stinging sensation in case of poison ivy/insect bites
Bentonite clay (3 teaspoons) – similar benefits to activated charcoal; ensures the non-greasy consistency of the product
Beeswax (2 teaspoons) – improves the overall texture, plus it acts as binding agent
Calendula oil (10 drops) – anti-inflammatory, skin moisturizing, antibacterial, stimulates the faster healing of the skin. Make sure this is organic and not perfumed.
Take a large bowl and mix the bentonite clay with the activated charcoal and essential oils.
Melt the beeswax and mix it with the calendula oil, using a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, you can place a glass bowl over a pot of hot water, and it will serve the same purpose.
Mix the melted wax with the other ingredients, pour the resulting mixture into a glass jar (airtight) and allow it to cool.
Note: always store in an air-tight glass jar, for the ingredients to maintain the same level of efficiency. Keep the jar away from direct sunlight and use it for several weeks without worries.
Ingredients make the difference between the black healing salve and the controversial version (black salve for skin cancer)
Black Salve and Skin Cancer
A quick search on the Internet will reveal to you that black salve can be used to treat skin cancer. However, this should not be confused with black healing salve, which is a natural remedy recommended for minor skin issues and not serious conditions, such as skin cancer.
The black salve to which some people are referring to is, first of all, a controversial solution for skin cancer, and one that has yet to be proven effective. It is a name used to cover a group of natural corrosive agents, also known as escharotics.
One of the main ingredients belonging to this group is indeed a natural remedy, meaning bloodroot, being recommended for the treatment of basal and squamous skin cell carcinoma. However, such treatments are not backed up by scientific evidence.
As you have seen above, the black healing salve is based on a recipe that contains only natural ingredients, such as essential oils, beeswax, and activated charcoal. The choice of ingredients recommends the ointment for minor skin issues, like the ones mentioned above.
The black salve, on the other hand, recommended for the treatment of skin cancer, contains different ingredients, its formula being more potent. Among the most common ingredients chosen for this controversial version, there are chloride zinc and powdered bloodroot. So, always use the difference in ingredients, to distinguish between the natural black healing salve and the more potent version, which has highly-erosive properties.
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Health and Wellness Associates