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How to Make Your Own Drawing Salve
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How to Make Your Own Drawing Salve

Drawing salve is specifically made to remove splinters, stings, and several other common conditions such as boils. It can also work adequately to draw out small infections, ingrown toenails, and even acne. These days you can buy a satisfactory drawing salve at your local pharmacy, but making your own allows you to know exactly what your using, can be cheap, and can be helpful when you don't have any store bought salves on hand.

This recipe was around during the great depression when the need for alternatives sparked an age of inventions. I can remember myself as a child using thinly sliced, salted bacon fat applied directly to the wound to draw out splinters and bee stings (which really works most of the time). Another, excellent method used includes the following...

Things You'll Need:

* 1/2 teaspoon of Brown Soap (Octagon or Fels Naptha) found at any local drug or health food store.
* 1/2 teaspoon of Granulated Sugar
* 3/4 teaspoon of water

Instructions

1.)Start by measuring your soap, sugar, and water into the palm of your hand and mix thoroughly. The palm of your hand is used because it is warm and helps mixing.

2.)Then, using the handle of a spoon [or similar item] as a spatula, spread the salve heavily over affected area.

3.)Finally, cover with a bandage and leave it over-night. Results should appear by morning.


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Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:01 am
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Home Remedy for Drawing Salve

Drawing salve is a remedy that helps draw out ingrown toenails, infections, splinters and even thorns. It also works well on stings, insect bites and boils. Making your own salve is easy and can be fun, and it lets you source your own ingredients so you know exactly what is in it.

Herbal Oil Base
1. To make a drawing salve, you first must make an herbal oil. Powder 1 oz. of dry herb. For your drawing salve to be effective, you must use drawing herbs. Plantain, comfrey and chickweed are all good choices.

To the powdered herb, add an ounce of 190-proof ethyl alcohol and stir to mix. After an hour, pour 5 oz. of olive oil in a blender, add the alcohol-saturated herb, blend for about 15 minutes, strain the oil and bottle it.

Another way to make an herbal oil is to simply fill a jar with the herbs you want to use, cover it with olive oil and let it sit on a windowsill (with exposure to the sun). Turn the jar over each day.

Finishing the Salve

2. After making your oil, slowly heat all 5 oz. and add 1 oz. of beeswax. The wax will slowly dissolve. While the mixture is still hot, pour your salve into your container. Whether you choose plastic or glass is a matter of personal preference.

As the salve cools, it will solidify. You may wish to add vitamin E oil (as a preservative) or essential oils (for the scent) at this point.

When your salve is complete, simply dab generous amounts on the affected areas to draw out impurities.


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Homemade Drawing Salve Made With Resin

Before the advent of pharmaceutical medicines, remedies were made at home with ingredients that were readily available. Drawing salve, also called pine tar salve or black drawing salve, is a topical remedy that was used for removing splinters, insect venom and boils. A study done in Finland in 2009 shows that tree resin is effective in destroying staphylococcus cells, so this home remedy has science behind it.

Gather the Ingredients

1. Purchase the elements for making salve online or locally. Some families have passed their own special recipes down for generations; so many variations exist for drawing salve. The main ingredients, however, remain pretty much the same. You can choose between pine tar and pine resin. Pine tar makes a product that is softer at room temperature, but it will be dark and may have a stronger odor. Purchase pine tar (also called pitch) at farm supply stores or co-ops. Resin is a lighter, harder substance from the pine tree. You can find resin at music stores, art supply stores and online.

Mix your pine resin or tar with a soft fat so that it will absorb readily into the skin. Sheep or beef tallow has been used traditionally. Your local processing plant will have beef fat available for sale that you can render at home to make tallow. Simply cook the fat at a low temperature until it is completely melted. Strain it through two layers of cheesecloth. Repeat this process once or twice more to get a really pure tallow. To save time and effort, you may choose to use lard from the grocery store. Make sure you get 100 percent beef lard.

You may choose to add a small amount of camphor (traditional) or menthol to your salve for added antiseptic action. These can be found at your favorite pharmacy or health food store.

Putting it Together

2. In a cast iron (or other thick walled) pot, add one part pine resin or tar, four parts tallow or lard, and just a few drops of camphor or menthol (these can be toxic in very large doses). Melt them together over low heat, being careful not to let the tallow smoke or pop. Once everything is melted you may add lavender, sage or other beneficial herbs to enhance the scent and provide additional healing power. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the salve to cool at room temperature. Before it hardens too much, scrape it into the container you plan to store it in. If your salve turns out very hard and brittle, you can break off a piece and soften it in a pan over low heat before using.


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A Remedy for Drawing Infection From a Wound

Herbal remedies abound for both preventing and healing an infection. Most of these natural herbs and plants can be made into a topical ointment or salve and applied to a wound to draw out the infection.

Herbal Salve

1. A simple herbal salve for an infected wound uses a well-known infection fighting herb, golden seal. When mixed with aloe vera, it makes an effective topical infection-fighting medicine. The type of aloe vera and golden seal used is important for the ointment to work properly though.

There are many products on the market which contain one or more herbs. Not all of these are usable for medicinal purposes, though, because either there is just a small amount of actual plant material included or there are many other chemicals added which can be problematic.

Aloe vera products often have perfumes and alcohol added to them, for example, and these are not good to use for treating infected wounds. The added chemicals can burn or sting when applied to a wound, and the extra chemicals can cause additional irritation or problems. For the purposes of an infection fighting salve, buy 100 percent organic aloe vera juice.

The same issue can arise when buying golden seal. If you purchase a product which is not 100 percent herbal material, you run the risk of buying something that's ineffective because there's not enough of the actual herb included to draw out the infection. Hard pills have the additional issue of needing to be dissolved before they can be made into a salve. Organic golden seal in a gel caplet is best because you can open the caplet and use the dried ground herb from inside to make your ointment.

Open the golden seal caplet and pour the dried herb onto a small plate. Add enough aloe vera juice to mix everything together well then spread the salve onto the infected wound and cover it with a clean bandage. Leave the salve and the bandage on overnight for the best results. In most cases the infection is gone by the next morning.

Tips

2. Golden seal root is stronger than the leaves from the plant. When no golden seal is available, other infection fighting herbs such as garlic or echinacea can be used.

Remember that herbal remedies are not recognized or approved by the FDA, and as with all medicinal approaches, individual results may vary. If the infection is severe or does not start clearing up within 48 hours, please visit your health-care practitioner.


Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:08 am
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I can testify to the effectiveness of Golden Seal....good stuff

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Thanks for the info. I'm adding it to my notebook. Plantain and even common cabbage leaves made into a poultice are good drawing agents as well.


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Thanks, Rubies. Not your tastiest recipes, but they may come in handy.

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Good info Rubies. Thanks!


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