The main ingredients are
locally harvested Amish bee's wax, olive and jojoba oils infused with traditional herbs
along with a little pine tar, activated charcoal, Vit E. and kaolin
clay. A classic use is to apply the salve to splinters, the moisture aids the skin and impacts the splinter to aid in easier removal.
Root is a useful and valuable herb. Traditional herbalists apply the powdered
root of comfrey to minor wounds, insect bites and bruises. It can be used in
baths as an astringent and to soften the skin. The roots, leaves, and extracts
of comfrey can used in salves and ointments.
plantain is often considered a weed. It has a gentle astringent action,
which soothes minor wounds, blisters and rashes.
The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that plantain has a reputation as an herbal application for the stings or bites of insects. Simply mash a leaf to release its juices and apply to the bite or sting. Plantain also helps with poison ivy, simply rubbing a leaf on affected skin helps ease itching. Herbal effects are simply soothing, not healing or treatment for medical issues.
Chickweeds are edible herbs that are are very
nutritious, high in vitamins and minerals. Chickweed contains Ascorbic-acid,
Beta-carotene, Calcium, Magnesium, Niacin, Oleic-acid, Potassium, Riboflavin,
Selenium, Thiamin, and Zinc. The entire plant is used by
herbalists to calm minor skin conditions.
Common burdock, lavender, chamomile and rosemary complete the herbal additions to the cold oil infusion.
My garden and wild harvested herbs are air dried then crushed with some activated charcoal. The charcoal acts as an abrasive to aid in pulverization and release the beneficial essential oils. The slurry is left to macerate in olive oil for 5 days then strained three times through layers of cotton cheesecloth.
The final preparation consists of blending pine tar, kaolin clay, a small amount of lanolin and Vit E into the herbal infusion. The addition of melted pure bee's wax creates the soft ointment consistency that is poured into recyclable tins
The infused oil is used in the making of the salve.
A great way to spend a Saturday is to drive through the thriving Amish communities in Sinking Valley and the Cove area of our county. Miles of well tended picturesque farms offer a wide variety of products. Brown eggs, fresh goat milk and honey for my soap, fresh vegetable stands and greenhouses with herbs are readily available.
There are several Amish bulk food grocers. They offer great products at fantastic prices. You park you car right next to the horse drawn buggies.
This is my inspiration for Black Salve.
Thanks for visiting,