Pine Pitch & Charcoal Drawing Salve
Drawing salves have been used successfully for thousands of years on bee stings, splinters, and wounds. They're a summertime staple that everyone should have in their medicine cabinet!
Simply put, most of the ingredients are probably already in your cupboards or even your own backyard.
My personal favorite recipe includes white pine pitch (which is sometimes referred to as resin or sap), activated charcoal powder, bentonite clay, pine essential oil, plantain infused avocado oil, calendula infused coconut oil, organic mango butter, cocoa butter, african shea butter, and beeswax. Remember, it's important to use the high quality, organic and unrefined materials to maximize the benefits!
Native Americans used pine resin in poultices and salves to help draw out splinters and other toxins, seal and protect wounds, and increase circulation to injured areas of the body. It is still used in first aid applications for these same purposes today all around the globe.
Calendula can be used to disinfect minor wounds and to treat infections of the skin. The antibacterial and immunostimulant properties of the plant make it extremely useful in treating slow-healing cuts and bruises.
Check out our Calendula Infused Oil tutorial here!
Plantain is often used in the herbal community as a skin-healing herb that's great for reducing the inflammation, swelling, and discomfort associated with bug bites, stings, and skin irritation.
Doctors used activated charcoal for wound care since ancient times. Acne, rashes, bruises, poison ivy and other skin problems can all be treated with charcoal. Applying a charcoal poultice will draw the toxin, bacteria, or poison through the skin by the adsorbing action of the charcoal.
Bentonite clay draws toxins from the body and is rich in a range of nutrients and minerals including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.
Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, mango butter, and avocado oil are packed with vitamins and nutrients that help promote healthy skin growth.
This drawing salve is infused with a cornucopia of blessings and is extremely versatile in use.
- 2 TBSP freshly harvested pine resin
- 1 tsp activated charcoal powder
- 1 tsp avocado oil infused with plantain leaves
- 1 tsp coconut oil infused with comfrey leaves
- 1 TBSP beeswax (or 2-3 tsp candelilla wax for a vegan option)
- 1 TBSP mango butter
- 1 TBSP shea butter
- 1 TBSP cocoa butter
- 10 drops pine essential oil
To make your own drawing salve, place freshly harvested pine pitch in a glass measuring bowl and set into a saucepan of water over low heat on the stove (double boiler method). Add coconut oil and avocado oil and let it simmer on low heat for half an hour.
Add butters and beeswax and allow it to melt. Once everything has been incorporated, strain the mixture through a coffee filter, a piece of muslin cloth, or a fine mesh sieve, pour it into a clean jar. Mix in bentonite clay, activated charcoal powder, and essential oils and allow it to set.
To use: Apply drawing salve to the desired area and cover it with a bandage. Leave on for a couple hours and wash off with cool water.
Just a note:
Charcoal is magical for itchy skin (and a million other things) but stains clothing or surfaces if it's not washed off.
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