A while back, I wrote about how I was taking an online herbal class through the Herbal Academy of New England. I absolutely love it so far! (By the way, it’s self-paced, so it’s never too late to join! Click HERE for more information on the beginner’s class or HERE for the intermediate class.)
For a homework assignment, I had to choose a recipe from their herbal flipbook to make. There were sooo many great ideas to choose from, but I finally settled on this drawing salve. I actually took great liberties with their original recipe, but that’s okay – they encourage experimentation! (If only all homework could be so fun as the kind in this class!)
Since we heat our house solely with wood, we’re always getting tiny, bothersome splinters in our hands. I tested some of this out on the palms of my hands and was quite happy with how it helped! (Note: the charcoal in it tends to stain, so be sure to keep it covered with a band-aid and away from white shirts and such.)
Besides splinters, the salve can also be used for things like boils and insect bites.
I liked it so much, I thought that I’d make some up as stocking stuffers for the wood-working guys in my family. (The labels I created for gifting can be found below the recipe.)
(Click HERE for printable recipe.)
- 6 tablespoons infused olive oil*
- 2 tablespoons castor oil
- 2 teaspoons beeswax
- 3 teaspoons activated charcoal
- 3 teaspoons clay (kaolin or bentonite, etc)
- essential oils: 30 drops lavender, 15 drops tea tree (where to buy)
Combine oils and beeswax in a heat proof container. (I recycled a tin can for melting purposes, since items made with charcoal can be difficult to wash out. However, you’ll want to be sure to store the finished salve in a glass container.)
Set the container down in a saucepan containing a few inches of water, forming a make-shift double boiler. Heat over a medium-low burner, until beeswax has melted.
Remove from heat and stir in essential oils, charcoal and clay. Immediately pour into glass containers.
This recipe is sized to fill 1 four-ounce jelly jar. Store finished salve in a cool, dark place. Apply a small amount to skin, as needed. Cover with a band-aid and leave on for up to twelve hours before washing off with soap and water.
Here are a few printable options for labels. Click on the link below that best describes the amount you’re looking for. Print on sticker paper (like this kind) or, in a pinch, use plain copy paper and carefully affix to a regular canning lid with a thin layer of glue.
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