A salve is a healing balm that basically consists of oil infused with herbs and mixed with melted beeswax. You can easily make simple drawing salve recipe at home to use on burns, insect bites, pimples, boils or cuts. Homemade salves with pure essential oils and organic ingredients help soothe the skin and rapidly heal cuts, burns and wounds. Salves can also prevent scarring and infections. Let us discuss some simple homemade drawing ointment recipes.
1. Basic herbal salve recipe
- To make any salve, you need to slowly cook herbs of your choice in oil. The best oils for salves are olive oil or coconut oil.
- In a crockpot, place the herbs and the oil and heat to a temperature of no more than 180 degrees. The herbs will appear ‘crispy and grey’. You must stir the oil from time to time to prevent the herbs from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot. Cook the herbs in oil for at least 3 hours.
- During the last hour of cooking, melt some beeswax in an old tin can by placing it in a hot water bath. Watch the wax closely as it melts as it can become dark and smell terrible.
- Once the herbs are finished cooking, strain the oil and press as much of the herbs as possible to get ‘precious’ oil.
- Place the oil back on the heat to keep warm. Once the beeswax is melted and the oil and wax are more or less the same temperature, mix them well. The oil should not be cooler than the wax as this will cause a lumpy texture.
- Gently reheat the mixture and whip and stir continuously. Now cool the salve. You will have to stir the cooling mixture every 5 minutes. As the mixture cools a crust will form on the top. Make sure you stir the crust well.
- Now add some vitamin E oil and a few drops of Benzoin essential oil/benzoin tincture or benzoin powder to increase shelf life of the salve and prevent rancidity. If your salve is runny, add a bit more beeswax; if it is hard, add some more olive oil or essential oil.
2. Homemade drawing salve for burns
- 1 part each dried St. John’s Wort flowers and leaves, dried Comfrey leaves and dried Calendula flowers.
- 3 parts Olive oil
- 1-2 parts beeswax
- Few drops of Lavender essential oil
Add the herbs to the olive oil and cook over low heat for 3 hours. Strain the mixture and squeeze the herbs to get the oil. Discard the cooked herbs. Mix melted beeswax in the infused oil and stir briskly to combine. Add the essential oil just when the oil and wax mixture just starts cooling. Cool completely and store in glass containers.
3. Headache relief salve recipe
- 2 tbsp each dried mint leaves and dried chopped pine needles
- 2/3rd cup olive oil or sunflower oil
- 1 tbsp Tamanu oil
- 5 oz beeswax
- ½ to ¼ tsp peppermint essential oil
Add the herbs in olive oil and cook over low flame in a crockpot for up to 3 hours. Strain the mixture. Mix ½ cup of infused oil with Tamanu oil. In a canning jar, melt the beeswax. Once melted, mix the wax with the oils. Stir briskly to combine well. Remove from heat, cool a bit then add essential oil. Store the oil-wax mixture in a glass container. Use the salve on temples and neck to relieve headache.
4. Homemade drawing salve for pimples
- ½ cup Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Vitamin E oil
- Beeswax 1 tsp
- 1 cup fresh violet flowers
- 10 drops of Bergamot essential oil
In a saucepan, melt the beeswax until liquefied. Add olive oil and violet flowers. Stir and cover for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let the flowers infuse in the oil and wax mixture. After an hour, remove the flowers. Strain the still liquid mixture into a clean container. Add vitamin E oil and bergamot oil while still liquid. Mix well. Cool and store the salve in a container. Use on acne to draw out impurities and prevent acne outbreaks.
5. Black drawing salve recipe
This black drawing salve is useful for drawing out pus, boils, thorns, splinters etc.
- 6 tbsp Olive oil infused with plantain leaves or calendula flowers
- 2 tbsp castor oil
- Beeswax 2 tsp
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3 tsp each activated charcoal and kaolin or bentonite clay
- To infuse olive oil with herbs, place the torn flowers/leaves in olive oil in a small saucepan. Add a cup of olive oil and heat it on low flame for 2-3 hours. Strain. Store the oil in a cool, dark place.
- In a canning jar, place the infused oil and beeswax. Make a hot water bath so that the water covers the sides of the can up to half. Heat while stirring continuously so that the wax melts.
- Remove the jar from hot bath and add in honey, charcoal and clay.
- Stir completely, cool and place the salve in glass container.
- Store the salve in a cool, dry place. Apply it as needed on bites, stings, thorns, splinters or boils. Cover with gauze if needed.
Try these simple drawing salve recipes for organic skincare!