We all love summer and the long, warm, sunny days and nights. What we don’t love in the summer is the bug bites and rashes that come along. It’s the time of the year when we suffer from these pesky irritations and we all know how uncomfortable and even painful they can be.
Luckily for you, this DIY black drawing salve will help you relieve the pain and itching and will eliminate the toxins from your skin that were left behind.
Is this better than under-the-counter creams and ointments?
We usually get some topical cream or ointment to relive the inflammation and ease the itching after a bug bite or a rash. However, even though these products can relieve the symptoms they don’t do anything to treat the underlying problem.
Moreover, they are known to have unwanted side-effects in many people, some extreme cases even include dizziness, blurred vision and fatigue.
Activated Charcoal Properties
The black drawing salve contains activated charcoal, which is a natural substance with incredible toxin-absorbing properties. It’s mostly used to ease the effects from food poisoning. In this salve, the activated charcoal draws out the toxins from the affected spot and immediately relieves the irritation.
It will not only draw out the sting from the bite spot but it’s good for pulling out splinters and even glass pieces trapped under your skin.
Bentonite Clay Properties
The other beneficial ingredient in this salve is bentonite clay. It’s another natural ingredient which has powerful cleansing and healing properties. The clay is a rich source of minerals and can release these minerals into your body while pulling out the toxins.
DIY Black Drawing Salve Preparation (best for poison ivy rashes and bug bites)
- 1 tbsp. Activated Charcoal
- 1 tbsp. Bentonite clay
- ½ cup of olive oil (or another carrier oil of your choice)
- 25 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 tsp. Beeswax
You’ll also need:
- 1 Pot
- Heat-resistant glass bowl
- 1 metal spoon
- 6 oz glass jar
Pour water in the pot until it’s halfway full. Place it over medium heat and bring it to a boil. In the glass bowl mix the beeswax and the carrier oil and place the bowl over the pot with boiling water. Once the water starts boiling reduce it to minimum. Stir the mixture from time to time with the spoon to make sure it’s combined. Set the bowl aside carefully and let it cool down until it’s semi solid. Be careful not to let it become too hard, you need a soft Vaseline—like consistency.
Now add the lavender essential oil, bentonite clay and charcoal to the mixture and mix it all up with a hand mixer. Transfer the resulting salve into a glass jar and use it when needed.
How to use the salve:
- You can apply it on bug bites, rashes, splinters and any other skin irritations.
- Once you apply it leave it in, don’t wash it off and apply it again every 12 hours if needed.
- In order to avoid staining your clothes you can cover the spot with a bandage.