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.


Chicken Emergency Kits: Making Stressful Situations Less Intimidating!

It’s always a very good idea to create your own chicken emergency kit – and in this article, I’m going to give you ideas about what to keep in it.


While we all might like to think our chicken-keeping experience will be bucolic and without any trouble, the straight truth is you will likely come up against some sort of trouble at some point.


Mites, worms, cuts, or infections tend to rear their ugly head at the most inconvenient times (like when you plan to be out of town for a week – chickens have great timing like that) and having an emergency kit on hand will make a stressful situation easier.


The items in this article are just a suggestion – you can add or subtract or include your own items as you find what works for your particular backyard chicken flock.


There’s also links where you can buy these items directly from Amazon, so you have them on hand.

What should you add in the chicken emergency kit?


The first thing you may want to purchase is a plastic container that also has a cover, like this one. You will want to clearly mark it (write “Chicken Emergency Kit” on it with a marker, for example) so you can easily locate it, and your family doesn’t raid it for supplies for other projects.

Once you have the plastic container ready, you will have to think about the items to include.

Here’s some that are easy to source and can save your butt (and possibly your hen’s life):


Nutri drench

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This is powdered electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals that you mix with water. You can offer it to your chicken when they’re hurt to keep them hydrated and healthy enough to combat their illness or trauma. If they’re stressed and in pain, they’re less likely to eat and drink. Very important!


Saline solution

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If your chicken has dust or dirt in her eyes or an open wound, saline solution will help you flush it clean.


Triple antibiotic ointment or natural alternative

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If your chicken get an open wound, you will need to put something on it after flushing it clean. If you use over-the-counter drugs with your flock then triple antibiotic ointment is great, or a natural alternative if you’re raising them 100% natural.



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Another topical antiseptic alternative. I don’t personally use it, but a lot of people like Blu-Kote because it’s blue, and deters other chickens from picking at open wounds. (However, if you use an all-natural thick salve, you will have the same effect)


Pure organic honey

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(Check the label that there’s ONLY honey in it – no corn syrup or other additives). Honey is great for wounds, especially if the sores are wet and gooey. It can be hard to put salve or ointments on wet wounds, and honey has natural antibacterial qualities and gets into tiny crevices to battle bacteria.


Poultry VetRX

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This is based on an all-natural formula that’s been around since the 19th century. It’s particularly great for colds or upper-respiratory infections, and can come in handy for eye worms, scaly legs as well. Ingredients include Canada balsam, camphor, oil origanum, oil rosemary, all blended in a corn oil base.


Diatomaceous Earth

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Just keep a small bag around for emergencies. It’s great for scaly leg mites, but be sure to apply it on a windy day or at least in a breezy area so neither you nor your chicken inhale it. Food-grade only!


Coconut oil

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If you plant to use essential oils to support a healthy hen, then you can dilute it in the oil. Also great for adding moisture to excessively dry skin.


Heat lamp or heating pad

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Even if your chicken isn’t a chick, when they’re sick, keeping them warm is a good idea, as long as the ambient temperature in the room isn’t too hot. Also be sure to give them an area to get out of the heat, if your chicken wants to.


Penicillin or Tylan 50

It’s best to get this through a vet or from your local feed store

If you’re using Western medicine to treat your flock then having injectible antibiotics on hand is a good idea. Check with a poultry vet for the correct dosage.



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If you have a sick or injured chicken, giving them probiotics will help ensure their body has good gut health to help them heal (it won’t heal a broken leg, for example, but it WILL ensure your chicken has good gut health to maintain SOME standard of health – a wonky gut will only make healing more difficult).


Some standard chicken emergency kit items also include:


  • Gauze pads
  • A first aid tape
  • Cotton swabs
  • Wooden popsicle sticks to act as a splint for legs or wings
  • Syringes for dosing or helping a hen stay hydrated – Click here to buy syringes on Amazon


I’d like to hear from you!

Do you have a chicken emergency kit created yet? What do you keep in yours? Leave a comment below!

Why Honey’s Antibacterial Properties Should Always Be In Your Chickens’ Emergency Kit

Humans have known about honey’s antibacterial properties for centuries, and it’s something I turn to on the homestead to treat wounds on our chickens.


For generations, our ancestors relied on honey’s antibacterial properties to treat their chickens as well as themselves, and our medical communities are rediscovering the power of honey as antibiotic resistant bacteria becomes more of an issue.


I’ve often found that topical antibacterial ointments that you buy at the store just don’t perform like honey to treat traumatic injuries on chickens, such as large wounds.


Of course if your chicken has an upper respiratory infection, then providing them internal antibiotics after consulting with a veterinarian is the way to go.


But for external injuries, I’ve found that honey’s antibacterial properties are far superior than other topical antibacterial ointments.


Why I use honey


Well, for starters, honey doesn’t spoil; it has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, still edible after 3,000 or more years.


That’s pretty strong evidence that honey’s antibacterial properties are superior. Bacteria just has a hard time growing in it.


Believe it or not, honey is an accepted form of wound treatment in the medical community. As an “old-timey” approach, it fell out of style as drug companies produced topical antibacterial ointment that better fit our society’s idea of progress.


But as bacteria has become increasingly resistant, researchers are returning to some ancient methods to treat common traumatic injuries. 


In our neck of the woods, there are no avian vets, and I’ve seen enough of the veterinary skills in my area to be concerned about bringing any animal to them.


So, on our homestead, we must be self-reliant when treating our flock of chickens, and I’ve learned that knowledge is the best protection.


Secondly, in addition to honey’s antibacterial properties, it also is less viscous than over the counter treatments and is stickier.


Why is this important?


Imagine you’re a chicken that has a large wound on your head from a pecking order dispute. This wound goes through several layers of skin.


But, since you’re a chicken, you still want to dust bathe, peck for food, etc. All sorts of normal activities that will expose your wound to bacteria.


I’ve found that because honey is stickier, when it comes to wet injuries, honey adheres to the wound better than other antibacterial medications. I’ve found that triple antibiotic ointment, silver sulfide, and other topical medications simply don’t offer the same level of wound coverage that honey does.


And in my opinion, when it comes to chickens, this can mean the difference between life and death from infection.


Honey is also able to spread its antibacterial properties where a more viscous ointment cannot, namely, under folds of skin or into crevices that we as humans can’t see well, but where bacteria like to lurk.

When it comes to chickens, honey's antibacterial properties might save their lives. In this article, you'll learn how to use honey to treat traumatic injury in chickens and why it's so important to keep in your emergency kit.

Examples of using honey’s antibacterial properties on our homestead


I’ve successfully used honey’s antibacterial properties to treat both quail and chickens on our farm. 


Recently, one of our quail was involved in a pecking order dispute, and lost literally half the skin on his head.


Although the injury was quite extensive, I wanted to give the quail 48 hours before I put him to sleep. He didn’t seem in pain (although he had to be), so I applied antibacterial ointment to his wound.


I applied silver sulfide, which is commonly used to treat horse wounds, but I couldn’t get it to cover the wound because of the blood and plasma.


So, I gently washed off the silver sulfide, and applied honey three times each day to prevent infection, wearing surgical gloves so I didn’t introduce more bacteria into his wound.


I’ve been very pleased with how honey’s antibacterial qualities helped this quail heal. Although he still has a long way to go, the flesh is healthy, pink, and slowly recuperating.


After I applied the honey, the following day the wound was fresh, but definitely not red or inflamed.


Thanks to honey’s antibacterial qualities, the wound was actually starting to scab over with a hard cover!


Another advantage of using honey’s antibacterial properties is it reduces inflammation (hence why the medical community uses it on burns).


With my quail, I was concerned that he might go into shock from the pain of his traumatic injury. The honey reduced any inflammation, and kept the wound mois.


That way my quail didn’t experience even more pain as his wound dried (which could have caused the skin to tighten).


In a second example, I used honey to treat a pullet that, like the quail, was involved in a pecking order dispute.


The pullet had a deep, dime-sized wound on her head that went through several layers of skin.


In this situation, the wound was smaller, but since it went through several layers of skin, there was a larger possibility that bacteria could grow under the skin, unseen, until the pullet had a full-blown systemic infection.


I used honey to treat the wound, after washing the effected area. Similar to the quail, the honey caused the wound to scab over quickly, and reduced the inflammation.


Another benefit of honey


When it comes to honey, another advantage is it doesn’t have any withdrawal times. 


Other topical antibiotic ointments, such as triple antibiotic cream, have withdrawal time, so while the animal is healing, you can’t eat the eggs or the meat.


With honey, there’s no such withdrawal times, and you can continue to enjoy your chickens eggs.


Sourcing honey to use on your homestead


If you want to use honey’s antibacterial properties on your homestead, you’ll need to pay attention to what you’re buying.


I only recommend using organic honey from a company like Thrive Market which ethically sources all of its products.


In order to be considered honey, according to USDA standards, bee pollen must be in honey sold in the US. Typically, though, to please consumers who demand clarity in the final product, most suppliers ultra filter the honey, taking out all the particulates and the pollen.


In the US, honey you find at the grocery store isn’t usually honey, but a mixture of very processed honey and corn syrup. A lot of the antibacterial properties have been lost.



In the US, as well, most of the honey sold comes from international sources, usually China, and contains more corn syrup than honey. Antibacterial qualities are sub par in these products.


Organic honey, however, has pollen in it because typically it has not been ultra-filtered, and you can be sure you’re getting a product that is 100% honey.


You can also buy honey from a bee keeper in your area, but if you don’t have access to any near you, then purchasing organic honey will do the trick.


I’d like to hear from you!

Have you harnessed the power of honey’s antibacterial properties on your homestead? Would you try it? Email me at [email protected] or comment below!