Amish Black Drawing Salve Homemade Recipe

Amish Black Drawing Salve Homemade Recipe

Have you ever been weeding or working with wood, and come inside with pricklies under your skin? Then you’ll want to grab a jar of my favorite Amish Black Drawing Salve!

 

Amish Black Drawing Salve is a traditional recipe that’s found a resurgence in our modern times – and it’s pretty easy to make yourself.

 

Even better, the ingredients in the Amish Black Drawing Salve recipe below have myriad uses around the house – so investing in them is a good idea for an all-natural homestead.

 

I’ve found Amish Black Drawing Salve particularly helpful after weeding the garden, when you might have brushed up against some prickly plants (the hyssop on this recipe is GREAT for that).

 

 

You can also use it if you’ve been working with wood and suddenly find yourself with a splinter.

 

Traditionally, Amish Black Drawing Salve is made with pine resin, and if you can get your hands on it, you can add it to this recipe – you’ll have to play with it a bit.

 

To replace the pine resin, I add pine essential oil – it accomplishes the same thing, and is easy to store with multitude other uses around the house (cleaners, for example).

 

I also added hyssop, which is great for supporting healthy skin. In fact, it’s my go-to when I want to improve the appearance of my skin. Similarly, carrot seed is great for supporting healthy skin.

 

The lavender in this Amish Black Drawing Salve adds it’s soothing properties while giving the salve a scent most people will appreciate (rather than something off-smelling, which some home remedies have).

 

Children, especially, are sensitive to smells, and might not want you to use it on them if your Amish Black Drawing Salve smells funky.

 

There’s a lot of different ingredients listed, but if you collect all the items before you make the salve (I’ve listed where you can get them for easy shopping), the actual steps are very simple.

 

Trust me, this looks a lot more complicated than it is.

 

Amish black drawing salve is a centuries-old traditional recipe. Here;'s how to make it in your own kitchen!

 

Amish Black Drawing Salve Ingredients

(I’ve done a lot of research, and this is the brand of essential oils I recommend)

How to Make Amish Black Drawing Salve

Add the oil, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and honey to a mason jar. Make a double boiler by heating water in a pot, then placing the mason jar in the water. You want to melt the oil, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and honey so they combine.

 

Using the beeswax as a guide,when the mixture is almost totally melted, stir constantly for 2 minutes to ensure the honey is evenly distributed.

 

Don’t skip this step because you’ll find the honey might clump up in one portion of the finished salve, and it’ll be a sticky mess.

 

Once the ingredients are combined in the mason jar, remove from heat and add the activated charcoal powder, white kaolin clay, and essential oils.

 

Stir constantly until all the Amish Black Drawing Salve ingredients are thoroughly combined and then allow the mixture to cool undisturbed until solid. This step might take a couple hours.

 

Once cool, you can store it on a shelf and use as needed. To use, apply to the area of concern and wrap the area. Remove and reapply daily until desired result is achieved.

 

This recipe makes ¼ pint of Amish Black Drawing Salve – I store mine in a ½ pint jar. You can also store it in smaller containers.

 

The Best All-Natural Bug Spray Using Essential Oils!

The Best All-Natural Bug Spray Using Essential Oils!

Bug season is upon us….and when you have as many animals as we do, you have a LOT of flies!

 

I used to buy store-bought bug sprays, but after many years working at the FDA, I know what’s in them…and there’s natural options I prefer to use, especially on my kids.

 

(A lot of you have asked about which oils I personally use. Here’s everything you need to know!)

 

So, I’m going to show you how to use essential oils to make a safe, non-toxic bug spray that’s worked for us. 

 

There’s a couple variations depending on the scents you like best. I personally prefer to go with Lemongrass but you can switch it out with Lavender or any other scent you like.

 

The only thing to remember is that if you want to use a citrus scent, the oils can make you more photo-sensitive. So just keep that in mind before you use them!

 

You CAN leave oils for scent out, but I’ve found that Eucalyptus can sometimes smell medicinal….so if you’re sensitive to those smells or your kids object, consider adding something like Lavender.

 

The Eucalyptus and Peppermint do a great job at deterring flies and no-see-ums. We have one horse that’s particularly sensitive to no-see-ums, and he seems much more comfortable after an application.

 

How to Make A Non-Toxic Bug Spray With Essential Oils

 

For an easy to make all natural, non-toxic bug spray here’s what you can use:

 

  • 10 drops Lemongrass or Lavender for scent
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops Peppermint

 

Slowly drip each oil into a 10mL roller bottle (this is the brand I buy) and top with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, or avocado oil.

 

The roller bottle makes it super simple to apply to your body, and you can feel confident knowing that it’s totally safe for your kids.

 

Before going outside, simply roll the bug spray onto your neck, arms and legs.

 

This recipe also works as a spray for animals. You can mix it with 8 ounces of water and pour into a spray bottle. Just be sure to shake and mix before using for the best results.

 

You can spray it in your chicken coop to deter flies, however, I don’t recommend using it ON your chickens.

 

There you have it! A simple and easy bug spray you can make again and again in your own home!

 

(Ready to grab some essential oils so you can get bugs out of your life for good? Here’s everything you need to know!)

Comfrey Salve For Chickens: Oh So Effective For First Aid

Comfrey Salve For Chickens: Oh So Effective For First Aid

Comfrey salve with oregano is really easy to make, and it’s one of those home remedies that should be in your natural first aid kit.

 

It’s simple to whip up in just 30 minutes (and I mean literally whip up – once you have your ingredients assembled, it’s just about melting and stirring) but you’ll doubtlessly find a multitude of uses for it.

 

It’s fly season here, which means lots of bites, so we’re battling itchy pigs that are scratching their ears bloody.

 

We’ve also got hens that have been overly bothered by roosters, and they could use a little extra TLC.

 

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When it comes to comfrey salve, I like making it not just with comfrey plant, but also with oregano leaves. While comfrey has anti-inflammatory properties, the oregano has antibacterial properties that double the healing punch of the salve.

 

The choice is up to you, though. You can make it comfrey alone, or combine it with your favorite herbs or plants to create your own homemade product.

 

What is comfrey?

 

If you’ve never heard of comfrey, its scientific name is Symphytum officinale, and it is native to Europe and parts of Asia.

 

It grows 12 inches to five feet tall, and has green leaves and purple flowers. It’s a spring and summer plant, and grows well in full sun.

 

comfrey salve with oregano

 

Easy to establish, comfrey is one of those plants that will regenerate—in fact, once you grow it, good luck getting rid of it.

 

A lot of people grow comfrey because it’s sublime for compost piles, and helps yield rich, nutritious soil.

 

Note, though, if you want to use comfrey for its natural medicinal purposes in a salve, you should harvest the leaves before the plant flowers.

 

You can also use dried comfrey, which you can purchase here.

 

Why is comfrey salve with oregano so useful?

 

Although comfrey salve has been proven to successfully treat sprains, strains, and inflammation in people, for a backyard chicken owner, comfrey salve is excellent to help your chickens heal from a rash, skin irritation, or inflammation.

 

In studies, comfrey sped up the healing time.

 

Oregano has long been known to have antibacterial properties – in fact, researchers have been studying oregano essential oils as a way to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

 

One benefit is that while it’s natural, comfrey salve with oregano also has no withdrawal times, so if you do need to use it, you can still eat your hen’s eggs.

 

A word of warning

 

Before we continue, let’s address a myth I see on the internet and in Facebook groups a lot.

 

I see advice out there to feed comfrey to your chickens.

 

I don’t agree with this advice.

 

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which are poisonous chemicals that are known to cause liver damage.

 

So, experts recommend to only use comfrey externally, and to not allow your pets or chickens to ingest it.

 

So, a comfrey salve is okay, but feeding it to your chickens isn’t the best idea.

 

Ok, so how do I make a salve my chickens won’t eat?

 

Without a doubt, if you put something in front of them, chickens will try to eat it. 

 

So it’s important to create a comfrey salve that can be blended into the skin.

 

This is easily achieved using something like coconut oil, which has a lower melting point than other fats (more on this in a minute).

 

 

How to make comfrey salve

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic coconut oil (where to buy) (you can also use grapeseed oil which has natural antioxidant benefits)

1/4 cup organic beeswax (where to buy)

1/4 cup dried comfrey (where to buy)

1/4 cup dried oregano (where to buy)

 

Tools:

Non-reactive pot

Mason jars (where to buy) or salve tins (where to buy)

Fine mesh strainer

 

It’s best to start with a comfrey oregano infusion (more about this below), but if you don’t have a lot of time, you can fast-track the infusion.

 

I’ve done this before, and it works out fine.

 

For these directions, I’m going to assume you’re fast-tracking the infusion.

 

First, melt the coconut oil over low heat.

 

When melted, combine the comfrey and oregano in your non-reactive pot with the coconut oil.

 

Place the mixture over low heat until the coconut oil has turned dark green. This indicates that the healing oils from the comfrey and oregano have been leeched.

 

Don’t heat the oil until boiling, just warm it.

 

This takes about an hour, but it might take more. 

 

Strain out the herbs until the melted coconut oil is free of particulates (if there’s some still in there, it’s okay, just do your best).

 

In a clean non-reactive pot, combine the infused coconut oil with the beeswax, and return to the heat.

 

(The coconut oil melts at 77 degrees, so combining it with the beeswax means it’s a little more stable, and won’t turn into mush in warmer weather).

 

Continue to warm until the mixture until all the beeswax is melted, stirring every so often to make sure it’s completely combined.

 

Transfer to a clean mason jar or container, and allow to cool until completely solidified.

 

Once hardened, you can start using the comfrey salve on your backyard chickens or other livestock.

 

How to make a comfrey oregano infusion

 

Combine a half cup of comfrey and oregano (fresh or dried) into 1 cup of grapeseed oil (which I love for its natural healing properties) or olive oil, and let steep for 2 weeks or so. After 2 weeks, strain the comfrey and oregano leaves from the oil.

 

While there’s a lot of steps, when you’re actually making the comfrey salve with oregano, it’s not very hard. If you can melt, stir, and pour, you’re pretty much set.

 

[Comfrey photo by Finchj (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]

 

Resources:

Nancy Bubel. “Growing and Using Comfrey Leaves.” Mother Earth News, May/June 1974, accessed June, 22, 2016

University of Maryland Medical Center. “Comfrey.” Accessed June 21, 2016.

I’d like to hear from you!

Do you think you’ll try to make comfrey salve with oregano? Leave a comment below!