DIY Black Salve

I got a HUGE fica splinter/nail in my big toe, that got broken off and pushed under the skin before I realized it. So, instead of digging it out I thought I’d try the Black Salve recipe I sent to my sister last year. And she had great results getting rid of her cancer spots! The unique-ness of this remedy is that, nothing happens if the mole is cancer-free, supposedly. But if it is cancerous, there’s supposed to be pain as it pulls it out over the week, or twoweeks, or less! So I put it on the achy splinter region, and it was totally and completely gone within the day, perhaps hours. Funny thing, I also feel a little, tiny inkling of pain where I put the excess on an old, old, many, many years old mole on my chest, and feel quite a bit more pain! Maybe it’ll get rid of that, too. We’ll see! I make this salve myself, and luckily all these ingredients can be found here in this little town of  Vilcabamba, Ecuador!

Recipe of the Day – Black Salve

Black drawing salve is  a natural remedy, removes large splinters , glass and other things stuck in the skin, keeps away infection from the wound, doesn’t stain the skin , for healing wounds and drawing out the venom from spider bites! It’s also said to help remove moles and skin tags, and there are many stories of it removing skin cancer!


  • 2 1/2  T. Comfrey, caledula and plantain infused olive oil (see instructions below)
  • 1 1/2 T. Shea butter
  • 1 1/2 T. Coconut  oil
  • 1 1/2  T. Beeswax
  • 1 tsp. Vitamin E
  • 1 1/2 T. Honey
  • 1 1/2. Activates charxola
  • 1 T. honey
  • 20 drops lavender oil
  • Directions:

Before making the salve, infuse olive oil with comfrey, Plamtain and calendula. It can be infused in one of these two ways:

  1. Powder the herbs and place in a small jar. Pour oil over the herbs. Leave in jar for 3-4 weeks, shaking daily, and then strain through a cheesecloth for use. OR
  2. Heat the herbs and olive oil in a double boiler. Leave on low/medium heat for about an hour until oil gets strong smelling and darker. Strain through cheesecloth for use.

To make the salve:

Combine infused olive oil,the butters, oils, beeswax and honey in a glass jar in a small pan of water. Simmer until all ingredients are melted. Remove from heat and add the clay, charcoal and essential oil and mix well. Quickly pour in to small jars or tins and let sit until hardened (several hours). Store in airtight container and use as needed on cuts, splinters, etc. You’ll smell really good!

To use:

Clean the area and apply a generous amount of black salve on the wound or splinter and cover with gauze or  bandaid. Leave for a few hours or overnight to allow it to draw out the infection or object. Some things like glass, may take a day or two and several applications to draw it out.

Word of the Day – ungüento

Tip of the Day – You don’t always need to run to the doctor. Sometimes things, ingredients, are right under your nose. And Ecuador is renowned for the the origins of medicines being “right under our noses” in the rainsforest – like the origin of aspirin, for instance!

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