The What, How, and Why of Drawing Salve

Posted by Lanna Calhoun on

black drawing salve uses

What is Drawing Salve?

Drawing Salve is a handy tool to keep in your home first aid kit. It's the kind of product you're happy to have on hand when you need it. Drawing Salve grew in popularity in the 1800's as family concoctions each with a unique recipe.  Door to door sales soon began because if the widely known usefulness of these salves and balms.

There are tons of ingredients that have been used in drawing salves. Everything from petroleum products, herbs, clays, and oils.  Each offering it's part to add to the effectiveness of the salve or balm. 

Vintage black drawing salve tin. For healing infections.

What is Drawing Salve for?  

Drawing Salve is a product that is made to help draw skin impurities, infections, or foreign objects to the surface of the skin where they can be easily removed.  

Some of the things that drawing salves have been used for are:

  • Splinters
  • Boils
  • Bee stings
  • Insect bites
  • Infections
  • Sunburn
  • Acne
  • Relief from eczema and psoriasis
  • Infected wounds in both humans and animals

What is in Calhoun Farm Drawing Salve?

Our Drawing Salve takes several months to make! We start with comfrey, calendula, and plantain herbs grown right here on our farm. Each of these herbs are packed with healing properties.  These herbs are solar infused over several months in a mix of soothing oils.  When the oils are done with their solar infusion, they are strained. We then add activated charcoal and clays. These help with the drawing action of the salve. We also add vitamin E, shea butter for their healing action. And raw honey for it's anti-bacterial properties.  

herbs used in black drawing salve, healing salve. Calendula, comfrey, plantain

How is Drawing Salve used?

A little bit of drawing salve goes a long way. To use the salve it is best to smear a little dab on the affected area. Then cover with a bandaid or bandage. This will keep the salve from staining any fabric. Keep changing the dressing and re-applying as the salve dries out. Usually multiple applications are needed to pull the skin impurities out, depending on how deep.  

How can you get Drawing Salve?

Calhoun Farm black drawing salve. herbal healing salve, first aid balm

Our Drawing Salve is available in our store and also can be ordered here-

Amish Black Drawing Salve – Calhoun Farm (calhounfarmstead.com)

 

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