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Grandmother’s Black Drawing Salve

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Drawing salve is an ointment that is used to treat a variety of minor skin inflammations. The ointment “draws out” problems such as pimples, boils, wood splinters, glass shards, and insect poison. For generations, this home remedy has been used to heal pimples, remove toxins from boils, bee stings and many other surface abrasions.

To make your own drawing salve, follow the recipe below.  This salve can be kept in a clean container with a lid for several days.


1 Tablespoon Triple Antibiotic Ointment (any brand)

1 Capsule of Activated Charcoal (any brand)

1 small plastic container with a lid



1.  Wash plastic container and lid with soapy water and rinse.  Dry completely with a paper towel.

2.  Measure out 1 Tablespoon of Triple Antibiotic Ointment and place in plastic container.

3.  Open Charcoal capsule carefully and add the charcoal into the plastic container.

4.  With a cotton swab or a clean toothpick, mix the Triple Antibiotic Ointment and the Charcoal together until the charcoal is completely incorporated into the Triple Antibiotic Ointment.

5.  To apply, use a clean cotton swab and dab on affected area.  Allow the salve to work on the area for a few hours.  A covering such as a Bandage can be placed over the area.

6.  Repeat as needed being sure to wash the area before reapplying the salve.

7.  If the affected area becomes worse or infected, please consult your doctor.

8.  This is homemade recipe. Use at your own discretion.

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What good is living life if you don't share all the experiences, mistakes, and knowledge you have gained? I am a grandmother, a wife, a mother of two grown children, a Jr. High Teacher for almost two decades, an elementary principal and I want to share my experiences.

5 responses »

  1. I will be trying this for sure! I have a facial bar that has charcol in it and it works great. This drawing salve will work nicely as a spot treatment. Thanks for the post!

    • The charcoal is a great puller of toxins. This recipe has been used by my family for many years. It works especially well on boils and pimples. Thanks for your comment and for visiting. Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂

  2. My grandma had some black salve too-nothing works like that stuff grandma had!

  3. Where would one buy charcoal capsules?


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