The black healing salve was used by the Amish people as natural remedy for centuries. This ointment eliminates the toxins from the body and pulls out some foreign objects that can stick to the skin. It is a mixture of essential oils, activated charcoal/tar and wax. The activated charcoal is one of the main and most important ingredients. It helps the skin heal quickly.
This ointment can treat rashes or burns and remove foreign object from the skin like wooden splinter or metal. It is called ‘Hills Schemer’ or ‘healing smear’ by the Amish community. How much it is effective, depends on the chosen recipe and the used ingredients. It can treat insect and spider bites and cystic acne. It can be also used for removing thorns and glass shards and for ingrown toenails. It is also helpful if there comes to touch with poison ivy or oak.
-Ten drops of calendula oil as it moisturizes the skin and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties;
-1/2 cup of castor oil as it moisturizes the skin and reduces acne;
-Three teaspoons of activated charcoal as it eliminates the toxins from the skin and decreases the stinging sensation of poison ivy or insect bites;
-Two teaspoons of beeswax as it improves the texture and acts as binding agent;
-1/2 cup of coconut oil as it is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and moisturizes the skin and stimulates faster skin healing;
-Three teaspoons of bentonite clay as it has similar benefits as the activated charcoal and gives non-greasy consistency;
Method of preparation:
Mix the activated charcoal, bentonite clay and the essential oils. Melt the beeswax and add the calendula oil. After that, mix it with the other ingredients. Put it in a glass jar and let it cool. Close the jar well, airtight so the ingredient will have the efficiency. Keep the jar in dark place away from direct sunlight and it’ll stay for few weeks.
The black healing salve is consisted of naturel ingredients. That which is recommended for skin cancer has different ingredients, stronger formula and high erosive properties. The most common ingredients are chloride zinc and powdered bloodroot.
Remember not to confuse it with the ‘Black Salve’ which is controversial and strong skin cancer treatment and contains zinc and bloodroot.