Family Makes Made-From-Scratch Drawing Salve

A recollection of an old family recipe for drawing salve.

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My family still uses one of the best salves ever made to draw out infections. I’m not sure how long the salve recipe has been in the family, but I know my grandmother made and used it while my mother was growing up.

The drawing salve is made by placing an ample amount of buds from a balm of Gilead plant into a pot of petroleum jelly on the stove over low heat until the resin is extracted from the buds. Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth and pour it into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

I have to say my family’s homemade salve works as well as any modern salve on the market today. In fact, I think I’ll make a batch for myself next summer.

Mauston, Wisconsin

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