Black Drawing Salve - Amish Style

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Hello friends,

Black drawing salve is a traditional old time country product. I have formulated this recipe based on a recipe and instructions from historical documents utilizing Pennsylvania Dutch ingredients combined with my own garden herbs.
  This salve is not a medicine and does not have healing properties, it is simply to soothe discomforts.

The main ingredients are locally harvested Amish bee's wax, olive and jojoba oils infused with traditional herbs along with a little pine tar, activated charcoal, Vit E. and kaolin clay. A classic use is to apply the salve to splinters, the moisture aids the skin and impacts the splinter to aid in easier removal.

Comfrey Root is a useful and valuable herb. Traditional herbalists apply the powdered root of comfrey to soothe minor wounds, insect bites and bruises. It can be used in baths as an astringent and to soften the skin. The roots, leaves, and extracts of comfrey can used in salves and ointments.

The herb plantain is often considered a weed. It has a gentle astringent action. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that plantain has a reputation as an herbal application for the stings or bites of insects. Simply mash a leaf to release its juices and apply to the bite or sting. Plantain also helps with poison ivy, simply rubbing a leaf on affected skin helps ease itching. Herbal effects are simply soothing, not healing or treatment for medical issues.

Chickweeds are edible herbs that are are very nutritious, high in vitamins and minerals. Chickweed contains Ascorbic-acid, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Magnesium, Niacin, Oleic-acid, Potassium, Riboflavin, Selenium, Thiamine, and Zinc. The entire plant is used by herbalists to calm minor skin conditions.

Common burdock, lavender, chamomile and rosemary complete the herbal additions to the cold oil infusion.

My garden and wild harvested herbs are air dried then crushed with some activated charcoal. The charcoal acts as an abrasive to aid in pulverization and release the beneficial essential oils. The slurry is left to macerate in olive oil for 5 days then strained three times through layers of cotton cheesecloth. 
The infused oil is used in the making of the salve.

The final preparation consists of blending pine tar, kaolin clay, a small amount of lanolin and Vit E into the herbal infusion. The addition of melted pure bee's wax creates the soft ointment consistency that is poured into recyclable tins
ready for use.

Black Drawing Salve is a strongly scented product. It is all natural. This balm is not intended to replace medical advice. It is simply a soothing application, not a treatment or cure. It is not for extended use, if irritation develops, discontinue use.

A great way to spend a Saturday is to drive through the thriving Amish communities in Sinking Valley and the Cove area of our county. Miles of well tended picturesque farms offer a wide variety of products. Brown eggs, fresh goat milk and honey for my soap, fragrant pure bee's wax, farm fresh vegetable stands and greenhouses with herbs are readily available.

There are several Amish bulk food grocers. They offer great products at fantastic prices. You park you car right next to the horse drawn buggies.

This is my inspiration for Black Salve.

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By Soapsmith on 10/09/2014 @ 02:31amYou can purchase my salve in my on line shop. Just click the picture of the salve or click the link to go to my shop to see all 250 products I offer for sale. Thanks!

By Guest on 10/09/2014 @ 02:12amIs your salve for sale? I've been trying to find pine tar black salve for years. It is no longer available in stores.

By Guest on 10/13/2013 @ 01:13pmWhere can I buy some of your black salve?

By Guest on 01/03/2013 @ 01:20amHappy 2013 Ms. Bonnie. Just came on your article & I must say that this is the old fashioned black salve I definitely grew up with. I, however live in Ohio. Would you please email me at your earliest convenience? I would be interested in purchasing your product. It looks absolutely delightful and I would love to give it a try. Thank you so much. You can reach me at

08/09/2012 @ 02:38am  Very interesting post!

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