Sunday, September 19, 2010

Make Your Own Special "Drawing Salve" containing Essential Oils

Flea bites are the most common
form of insect bite found on HUMANS.
I've had a lot of nasty bug bites and boils in my day.  I am so happy that there are ways to quickly draw off the toxins in the little pustule that develops... I am going to detail one method for doing that today using essential oils, activated charcoal and some other items.  The recipe I provide is called a "black drawing salve" and you will want to make some up for your Natural Medicine Chest.  You may want to take it with you when you go camping, etc.  It is good to use for bee stings, boils, slivers, infections and the like-- anything that requires drawing poisons out of your body.  For the grannies out there (such as I), it is a precious gift to give to the parents of your grandbabies-- you know what I mean.


Ingredients:
  • 2 T. Beeswax
  • 3 T. Cocobutter
  • 3 T. Sheabutter
  • 2 T. Organic Coconut Oil*
  • 1 T. Vitamin E oil
  • 2 T. Activated Charcoal Powder**
  • 3 T. Bentonite Clay
  • Pure Essential Oil (choose from list below)
  • 8 - 1/2 oz. jelly jars with lids, or 8 baby food jars with lids, sterilized
  • candy thermometer
  • Old Crockpot/slow cooker/electric skillet/electric wok that you dedicate from now on to melting wax with
What to do:
  • Have all ingredients on-hand and ready to go.  I am able to buy all of the above ingredients at my local health food store.  Please use only ORGANIC Coconut Oil so as to make use of the antibacterial properties not available in the heavily processed coconut oil.  Charcoal Powder: you may have to buy a bottle of charcoal caps and just break open the capsules and pour the powder into a small bowl until you have 2 T.  
  • Put the beeswax, shea butter, cocobutter and coconut oil into an old crockpot that you purchase second-hand or pick up free from Freecycle-- this is the safest way to melt your oils and wax.  The most dangerous way is to melt over a gas fire.  If you are an old pro candle-maker, etc., go ahead and melt the items in a small pot over low heat.  Use your candy thermometer to heat and simmer up to 180 degrees (Medium)  Hold at 180 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes
Add all remaining ingredients (except for essential oil) and stir to blend.
  • When the mixture is cool, add the essential oils (5 drops) that you wish to use.  The ones I recommend are (1)Lavender (2)Tea Tree (Melaleuca) (3)Myrrh (4)Chamomile.... other essential oils are useful as well.
  • Spoon into sterile jars, lid tightly, and store in a cool, dark room.
How to Use the Salve
  • Put about an 1/8 of a teaspoon-full of the salve on the boil or sting, etc.
  • Cover with sterile gauze and a warm compress will be helpful in drawing the toxin out
(adapted from an article online at Herbs.Love to Know.com)


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