Family Makes Made-From-Scratch Drawing Salve

A recollection of an old family recipe for drawing salve.

| Appeared in March/April 2013 Issue of GRIT Magazine

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

Read about more interesting homemade remedies in Stories of Natural Cures for Common Ailments.

6/26/2014 4:58:20 AM

I have heard about the salves and the way it has been made. In fact I wonder how the family could survive with the salves that has been made. Te ways to make drawing salves at home are described here.

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