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How to Make Herbal Drawing Salve

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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.

Herbal Drawing salve in a tin.

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.

Yield: 4 ounces

Herbal Drawing Salve

Herbal drawing salve in a tin.

Get rid of splinters, slivers, stingers, and more from the skin by learning how to make a homemade herbal drawing salve with this simple recipe.


  • Double Boiler
  • Wire Mesh Strainer or Cheesecloth
  • Whisk
  • 4 ounce Salve Tin


Make Infused Oil

  1. Combine the chopped comfrey and plantain with the oil in the top of a double boiler.
  2. In the bottom of the double boiler, heat 1" of water to boiling.
  3. Place the oil and herbs over the boiling water, keep the water simmering and heat the oil for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the herbs from the oil and wipe out the top of the double boiler to remove any bits of herbs.

Make the Salve

  1. Pour the strained oil back into the top and add the beeswax.
  2. Heat and stir until the beeswax melts.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the charcoal, clay, and tea tree oil. Stir until completely incorporated.
  4. Pour into a storage container and let harden before sealing.


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.

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Tuesday 16th of June 2020

I'm making this today and I'm super excited about it! I saw a previous comment in which one person indicated they receive emails. Just wondering if you have an email group that I could maybe be added to?

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

For sure - you can sign up here:


Saturday 15th of February 2020

Add 400 I.U. of Vitamin E as a natural preservative.

Marissa Varley

Monday 24th of June 2019

is there an alternative to comfrey i can use please as its difficult to get in Cyprus without ordering from the internet which takes ages to arrive

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 28th of June 2019

I am not at all familiar with what might be local in Cyprus. Can you ask a local herbalist? I bet there's a plant that would be suitable but I just don't know it.


Tuesday 28th of May 2019

I enjoy receiving my emails, the herbal information, details, along with ingredients and how to prepare is so great. Thank you Rainsully

Kathie Lapcevic

Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Thank you for saying so!


Thursday 14th of March 2019

Would bentonite clay be a decent substitute for the kaolin clay in this recipe? I have bentonite on hand for my homemade cosmetics and it is pretty spectacular stuff!

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 14th of March 2019

For sure - go for it.