Many versions of the folk remedy black salve exist. This recipe for a basic, healing black salve contains ingredients to draw out and heal minor skin irritations, warts or skin tags. Some retailers of black salve include very harmful chemicals that permanently damage the skin or make unrealistic claims of its curative powers, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Make this remedy yourself to ensure that the black salve you use contains ingredients safe for external use.
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Things you need
- 2 tbsp beeswax
- 3 tbsp cocoa butter
- 3 tbsp shea butter
- 1 tbsp jojoba oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp manuka honey
- 2 tbsp activated charcoal powder
- 3 tbsp kaolin or rhassoul clay
- 10 to 15 drops tea tree or lavender essential oil
- 2 57gr. glass jars with lids
- Candy-making thermometer
- 2-quart saucepan
- Cheese grater
- 3 bowls
Purchase your ingredients in a health food or speciality grocery store. You can find activated charcoal in capsule form if you cannot find it loose or in bulk. Open the capsules and empty the powder inside into a measuring spoon until you have measured out 2 tbsp of the charcoal powder. Place the powder into a bowl and set it aside.
Grate the beeswax into a bowl and measure out 2 tbsp of the grated beeswax into a separate bowl. Set this aside.
Place the 3 tbsp cocoa butter, 3 tbsp shea butter and 2 tbsp grated beeswax in a 2-quart saucepan. Heat the saucepan on your oven burner over medium-high heat until melted. Turn off the burner. Place the candy-making thermometer in the pot to ensure the mixture stays at least 82.2 degrees Cor 15 minutes. If the mixture falls below this temperature, turn the burner on low until the thermometer shows the temperature of the mixture is above 82.2 degrees C.
Remove the pot from the burner and add the 1 tbsp each of jojoba oil, olive oil, vitamin E oil and manuka honey. Stir the mixture, then add 2 tbsp activated charcoal powder, and 3 tbsp kaolin or rhassoul clay. You can use both types of clay if you wish, using 1 1/2 tbsp of each instead. Stir the ingredients and allow to cool for five to 10 minutes.
Add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil into the cooled mixture. Each of these oils has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that will add to the healing properties of the black salve and pleasantly scent it. You can also add both of these oils if you wish, adding about seven drops of each into the mixture. Stir the ingredients well.
Spoon the salve into the two glass jars and seal them with lids. Use this healing salve yourself or give the jars as gifts. Store it in a cool, dry cabinet.
Tips and warnings
- When possible, look for organic versions of your ingredients to keep your product as natural and free of chemicals as possible.
- Apply this salve to skin and cover with a sterile gauze pad or bandage on minor skin irritations.
- Reuse glass cosmetic jars you have from other products or from other salves after washing any residue of previous products away.
- Some versions of black salve include bloodroot or zinc chloride, strong alkaloid escharotic ingredients that injure the skin tissue when they are applied and can cause scarring. This salve recipe does not contain those controversial and dangerous ingredients.
- If you experience any adverse reactions when using this salve, discontinue use and seek the advice of a physician.
- Seek the advice of a physician for serious skin conditions, cancers or infections.
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