Recipe for Black Drawing Salve

lavender and honey
Black salve contains honey and lavender.

The basic recipe for black drawing salve hasn't changed much in the hundreds of years it has been in use. Ingredients included in this natural remedy, used at one time by Native Americans, include a variety of oils and charcoal, thought to help draw out toxins and foreign bodies while promoting healing. Making your own black drawing salve is easy and ensures that your remedy is safe and non-toxic.

Basic Black Drawing Salve Recipe

You can make this basic recipe at home. You'll need a few ingredients, some simple equipment from your home kitchen, and about an hour of time. Pay close attention to the salve during the heating process, since it can easily burn or become too hot if you get distracted.

As with all health products, it's a good idea to speak with your physician before making and using black drawing salve.


  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon manuka honey
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons activated charcoal powder
  • 3 tablespoons shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons rhassoul clay
  • 15 drops essential oil, lavender


  • Spoon
  • Candy thermometer
  • Saucepan - two-quart
  • Cheese grater
  • Two two-ounce glass jars
  • Bowls


  1. Put the activated charcoal into a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Grate the beeswax and put 2 tablespoons into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil into the saucepan.
  4. Heat the mixture to 180 degrees. Keep the temperature steady for 15 minutes, using the candy thermometer as a guide.
  5. Remove the mixture from the stove.
  6. Add remaining ingredients except essential oil. Stir the mixture until blended.
  7. Add the lavender essential oil after the mixture has cooled for 15 minutes.
  8. Put the salve into clean glass jars and cover tightly. Store in a cool and dark location to preserve freshness.

Tips and Cautions When Making Your Own Salve

Keep these tips in mind as you make your own salve:

  • Use raw, organic materials to make the salve, if possible.
  • If you cannot find vitamin E oil, you can use vitamin E capsules and just break them apart.
  • Do not let the beeswax and oil mixture boil, since this may ruin the consistency of your product.
  • Never leave the salve mixture unattended on the stove.
  • Always wash and dry your hands before making the salve or taking it out of the jar so you don't contaminate your product.
  • Never ingest the black drawing salve.
  • If you experience any adverse reactions to the salve, such as burning or itching skin, discontinue use immediately.
  • If your condition persists, contact a doctor.

Purchasing Ingredients

The ingredients for making your own drawing black salve are available from a few, well-known online health stores.

  • Vitacost offers over 2,000 brand name health and beauty items, including many of the items you'll need for this recipe. When making your black drawing salve, you can find lavender essential oil, organic coconut oil, raw shea butter, manuka honey, vitamin E oil and olive oil at Vitacost.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs sells a wide variety of healing clays, herbs, spices, organic teas, essential oils and supplements. You can purchase rhassoul clay can be purchased in 1 pound bulk bags.
  • eBeeHoney sells a wide variety of honey-related products including raw beeswax.
  • Bulk Herb Store sells a number of bulk herbs, heirloom seeds, water filters, herbal mixtures and also activated charcoal.

Application and Benefit

Homemade black drawing salve can be an effective method to draw infection, toxins, and foreign bodies, such as splinters, from the body. Apply a small amount to the infected area and cover with a clean piece of gauze. Change gauze and reapply salve as needed, daily. Making your own black salve with organic materials provides a healthy, chemical-free option for anyone seeking a natural alternative to conventional medical treatment.

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