Sorry, but because people are idiots, this is NOT the black salve that supposedly draws out tumors and burns holes in people’s noses. Those salves contain an herb called bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). It is the bloodroot that is caustic to the skin, not the activated charcoal in this salve. Activated charcoal, on the other hand, is used in many first aid applications because it adsorbs things we don’t want in the body. In this case, it’s being used to adsorb irritants from a bug bite.
Black Salve perfect for bug bites and bee stings. This salve uses the drawing power of activated charcoal, bentonite clay, plantain, and castor oil, to help provide relief for spider bites, mosquito bites, black fly and horsefly bites, along with bee and wasp stings.
The infused oil is made from 2 cups fresh chopped narrowleaf plantain, 2 cups fresh chopped comfrey leaf, 2 cups of castor oil, and 4 cups of olive oil, which were infused in a crockpot on warm for 24 hours.
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In case you missed the recipe for the salve, here it is:
3/4 cup Herbal Drawing Oil (see recipe here)
1/4 cup mango butter (or other solid fat, such as lard)
2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
1/2 cup activated charcoal
1/2 cup bentonite clay
1/4 cup honey, preferably raw
100 (or so) drops of lavender essential oil (my two favorites are from Florihana and Plant Therapy)
For more information on how to use the salve, how to apply it, and for information on the ingredients, please visit: