Every now and then an injury requires some convincing to heal. Especially those injuries that include splinters, boils, or bug bites. Do that and convincing with an easy and natural homemade herbal drawing salve recipe.
When You Need More than Tweezers
We are active people, we use our hands often and don't wear gloves as much as we should. This is especially true when we're working with the wood we use to heat our home. We chop, stack, carry, fill the woodstove, etc. All that working with wood means we get slivers and splinters. Generally, we're able to get those removed with tweezers but occasionally the little ones need a little convincing.
I know we're not alone in that. I convince those stubborn buggers with this homemade herbal drawing salve.
Quick, Small Batch
This salve whips up in less than an hour. Unless you're making some for gifts, one batch should be enough to last a year. As all oils can go rancid, do use this salve up within 1 year.
A Word About the Ingredients
Comfrey is an astringent that can help heal minor wounds, ease inflammation, and lessen scarring making it an ideal herb to use in a drawing salve.
Plantain can help with itching and sting. It also has some ability to draw out infection.
Activated Charcoal has been used to remove toxins from the body. Medical doctors often use it in cases of poisoning. When applied to the skin, it can pull toxins from the pores and that same action seems to help with splinters and slivers in our experience.
Kaolin Clay is gentle, has disinfectant properties and can stimulate circulation which can help speed healing.
Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial properties and can speed healing.
To Use: Spread the salve over splinters and cover with a bandage. Repeat as needed to remove the splinter. All oils can go rancid, use this salve up within 1 year.
Make Infused Oil
Make the Salve
To Use: Spread the salve over splinters and cover with a bandage. Repeat as needed to remove the splinter.
All oils can go rancid, use this salve up within 1 year.