Drawing Salve. What is it? and How To Use It Safely.

Drawing Salve. What is it? and How To Use It Safely.

Drawing salves have been used since antiquity, from healing bruises, to removing emededded glass, and splinters. Drawing salves are available everywhere, and for good reason, but how do we know what drawing salve is the highest quality,  and how do we know if we are using it safely?

Did you know that drawing salves have the ability to "draw out" toxins and other substances such as plastic from the body? Read this short article to help guide you through determining how to choose an herbal drawing salve for youself and your family.




What is a drawing salve?

Drawing salve is a paste made from oil, charcoal, clay, herbs, beeswax, and essential oils.

Ingredients matter. Always check the label to confirm what oil is being used in the preparation of any product you buy. Olive oil, Avocado oil, Hemp seed and Jojoba oil are high quality oils that the body can process, and absorb.

It MUST contain plantain. Plantian is a drawing herb — it pulls irritations, infection and inflammation from the tissue.

Plantain is astringent and demulcent in action, which promote tone in "softened" tissues, while also soothing inflammation.

Always check the latin name of the herb on the ingredient list before consuming any product.

For example; there are over 45 different species with over 450 varieties, each type of lavender varies in different concentrations of the oil.



How does drawing salve work?

The ingredients in any high quality drawing salve intentionally work together by  pulling toxins and other substances from the body. That is why it is important to use a drawing salve that was stored in a glass container.

Drawing salves contain plantain, bentonite clay and activated charcoal, the first two have the abillity to pull heavy metals, and plastics from the body, the charcoal absorbs it and "contains it".

Thus, the safety concern when using a drawing salve in a metal or plastic container.


What is drawing salve used for?

Drawing salve is used for a wide variety of things, but our customers use it for 

  • bug bites such as venomous spider bites, or itchy mosquito bites.
  • splinters
  • embedded glass
  • blisters
  • acne


Is there anything I should'nt put drawing salve on?

Drawing salve has been used for centuries on a wide variety of ailments. Since drawing salve can be used for just about anything, it can be easier to remember what NOT to put drawing salve on.


You do not want to apply drawing salve to

  • sun burns,
  • poison ivy, or
  • bodily orfices. Some drawing salves contain essential oils. If the product contains essential oils, it may cause uncomfortable sensations near bodily orfices.  



  • To pick a high quality drawing salve make sure the oil is of high quality. Olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba and hemp seed are great oils the body can process and absorb.

  • Make sure the drawing salve contains plantain. Plantain is a "drawing" herb, which works together with the clay to "draw out" toxins and other substances.  Bentonite clay also has a "drawing action", it works to absorb substances such as heavy metals from the body, (or the container it is stored in). The charcoal works to absorb the substance, or toxin and "contain it". 

  • Last but not least, make sure the drawing salve was stored in a glass container. I cannot stress this enough. Drawing salve should NEVER be stored in a metal, or plastic container. Due to the nature of the product, heavy metals, and plastic may leach into the product overtime, due to the drawing action the product provides.











Lauren is an herbal practitioner and herbal educator, she has fifteen years of experience studying herbalism, and pharmacology. Lauren is not a doctor, these statements in these blog posts have not been evaluated by the FDA. Therefore they do not diagnose, treat, or cure. 




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