Amish Black Salve, The Powerful Healing Ointment: Recipe

Black drawing salve is a powerful healing remedy that has been used for centuries, and still is today by most people belonging to the Amish community. The black salve has the ability to draw the toxins out of the skin (hence the name ‘black drawing salve’), heal burns, cuts and irritations, and reduce inflammation and pain. Many people use it to treat various skin conditions, including acne, ingrown hairs and skin tags.

Because Amish people live in accordance with nature, they make their own medicines, remedies and ointments, and Black salve is no exception. What this means is that you can’t really buy this type of black drawing salve – you have to make it. Luckily, making the Black salve is pretty easy. All you need is a few ingredients, some time and patience. Rest assured, this healing Black salve is worth it!

Amish Black Salve Recipe


  • 3 TB calendula and comfrey infused olive oil (the recipe is below) – rich in antioxidants, with  antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • 2 TB beeswax – helps protect the skin.
  • 2 TB activated charcoal powder – helps pull the toxins from the skin.
  • 2 TB kaolin clay – further helps draw pollutants and toxins from the skin.
  • 1 TB raw honey – antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and moisturizing properties.
  • 2 tsp shea butter – moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the damaged skin.
  • 2 tsp EV coconut oil – antibacterial and antifungal oil that is loaded with skin-friendly fatty acids that moisturize and help heal vulnerable skin.
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil – boosts skin health and helps prolong shelf life of the ointment.
  • 15-20 drops Lavander essential oil – helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation.


First, make your calendula, comfrey-infused olive oil by chopping the herbs and infusing them with olive oil. Take 1 TB of each finely chopped herb and put it in ½ cup olive oil. Now heat the mixture in a double boiler and let it simmer on low heat for about an hour. The final result should be a dark looking, strong smelling oil. Finally, strain the mixture and you got yourself a calendula, comfrey-infused olive oil.

  1. Take a large jar and place it in a pot filled with warm water.
  2. Combine the infused oil with coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E, honey and beeswax in that jar.
  3. Heat the water in the pot until it simmers, and stir the mixture in the jar until all the ingredients are well-combined.
  4. Remove the pot from heat, add activated charcoal, clay and lavender essential oil and stir everything together.
  5. Take out the jar from the water-filled pot and pour the mixture into small jars or tins and let it sit until it hardens. Store in airtight containers/jars.

That’s it! You’ve made your own Black drawing salve ointment which you can use whenever needed – on cuts, burns, splinters and  for various skin disorders.


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