16 June 2015

Amish Black Drawing Salve Recipe With Activated Charcoal

Use this Amish black drawing salve on cuts, scrapes, splinters, and boils to naturally pull toxins and debris from the skin.

I am so excited to bring you this recipe because it was a few years in the making.  We used to buy a great drawing salve, but we can't find it anywhere anymore.  We tried a few other brands, but they didn't work as well as the original one.

I found a few recipes for Amish Black Drawing Salve, and they were all close to what we like.  I took the best of each recipe, combined them, and came up with this Amish black drawing salve recipe.

Drawing salves pull from your skin, so they are great for bee stings and splinters.  They also help with infections, so many people use them on boils, wounds, and cystic acne.  Just a word of caution though, you'll want to cover the area with a bandage because the charcoal gets on everything.  It cleans up fairly easily from your skin, but I can't say how well it comes off of fabric.

Last week, my son and I were at Cub Scout day camp.  It was so hot--the "feels like" temp was 105!--so of course the kids were standing right next to a building for the shade.  My son rubbed his arm on the wood and got several long, deep splinters.

I took him to first aid, where I found an ER nurse.  She said they were so deep that she would numb the area before trying to extract them if he were in the ER.

She said he was fine to keep playing once we got it cleaned up, so she pulled out what she could and put some antibiotic cream and a bandage on it.  I brought him home, and the splinters were so deep that we would have had to use a needle to extract them.
I put a thick layer of this salve on him and a large 4x4 bandage on him so it wouldn't leak.  I was shocked the next day that I could pull out several more.  There are still some that are fairly deep, but they are coming to the surface.

Before you can make the recipe, you'll want to infuse the olive oil.  I used comfrey, plantain, and calendula for the benefits (see below).  You can skip this, but I don't recommend it.

These herbs are a little hard to find in stores, but I linked them to Amazon below.  I found a great Amish greenhouse that specializes in herbs and herbal remedies a few weeks ago, and they helped me pick the best herbs.

There are two ways to infuse oils.  You can pour the oil in to a jar and place the herbs inside and set in a warm place for a few weeks.  Give it a good shake or stir every day, and strain after two weeks.
I didn't want to wait that long, so I placed the jar in my crockpot filled with a few inches of water.  I heated it on low for four hours and turned off the heat. The next day, I strained out the herbs.

Amish Black Drawing Salve Recipe


Comfrey - An anti-inflammatory herb that can help wounds heal quicker.
Plaintain - An herb that has natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Calendula - Promotes collagen production to speed up healing.  
Olive oil - Full of antioxidants and vitamin E.  
Beeswax - Acts as a barrier trapping the healing ingredients next to your skin and thickens the oils.
Vitamin E oil - An extra dose of this skin-loving vitamin.  
Tea tree oil - Naturally anti-bacterial.
Honey - Naturally anti-bacterial and moisturizing.
Charcoal - Pulls bacteria and toxins and traps them.  
Bentonite clay - Draws toxins and chemicals out of your skin.  Be sure to not use metal utensils with it or it won't work.

What You Need

Amish Black Drawing Salve Recipe


Place the infused oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil in a Pyrex measuring cup.  Microwave on high at 30 second intervals until melted. 


Add tea tree oil, honey, charcoal, and bentonite.


Stir with a wooden spoon.  Stir very well or the charcoal will sink to the bottom.
Pour in to a 4-ounce mason jar.  Let sit until hard.

    To use, smear a small amount on a cut, bite, or scrape and cover with a bandage so the charcoal doesn't stain.  

    Have you ever used an Amish Black Drawing Salve recipe?

    This recipe was featured in the May/June 2018 issues of The Backwoodsman.  Look for it at most major retailers.  

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    Cari Dunn
    Cari Dunn

    Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.