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By Sharon Wallace, Contributing Writer 

Have you been working on your own herbal medicine chest this month?

I”ve been running trials with herbal combinations and other naturally occurring remedies for various first aid treatments that are easy to recreate at home. Some of my favorite herbs for first aid healing include weeds that are growing right outside my kitchen door ; like chickweed and plantain.  I”ve included them in my recipe for Backyard Healing Salve ; my first contributor post on Modern Alternative Health. Others are Melissa (Lemon Balm), Comfrey, Self-heal, and Yarrow.

What”s your favorite home remedy for dealing with infections ?

Chickweed is my all time favorite but I”ve been reading a lot about Activated Charcoal as a drawing agent. Activated charcoal has been used since antiquity to deal with many health related issues from whitening teeth to relieving gas, removing toxins from our digestive tract (including those from food poisoning), and pulling bacteria from wounds to relieve or prevent infection.

The way activated charcoal works is by trapping bacteria in the many tiny little pockets in it”s surface. When used internally, it doesn”t enter the blood stream but passes right through our digestive system taking it”s unwanted cargo with it. When used online casino topically, as a poultice, it provides amazing drawing properties that pull infectious bacteria from wounds and boils.

How it would work in a salve ? Would the tiny pockets needed to carry bacteria away be clogged with the oils and waxes in the salve ? I did my research and found that many folks are finding that activated charcoal is also effective when used this way ! So I thought…why not add a few herbs with healing properties to provide a little extra healing help to the activated charcoal…you know how I love herbal synergy !

You can click on the following links for some how-to posts on making salve ,  making poultices, and infusing oils.

Here”s my recipe :

  • ½ Cup of Castor Oil because it is very healing.
  • ½ Cup of Olive Oil ~ also healing and a great medium for infusing with herbs.

I used the olive oil I had already infused with the herbs from the Backyard Healing Salve.  To make your own infused oil, simply add your fresh or dried herbs to the oils and allow them to warm for 2-3 hours.  Then strain off the oils and continue.  Your not limited to the herbs I”ve used here.  Feel free to use what ever healing herbs you have on hand or even use the olive oil without infusing.

Note : I like to use Comfrey in many of my healing balms but didn”t include it in this one because comfrey speeds cell regeneration and healing which is great but often knits together the skin over a wound before the tissues inside have healed which we want to avoid until we”re sure the wound is infection free.

Warm the oils in a double boiler over low heat.

Add :

Add :

  • ¼ cup Activated Charcoal
  • 1/8 cup Bentonite Clay (also exceptional properties for drawing out toxins)

Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool just a bit so our volatile essential oil doesn”t evaporate.

Add :

Pour into sterilized tins or small jars.

Apply as needed to wounds, boils, splinters, insect bites and other infected skin irritations.

Caution:  What we”ve prepared here is basically a tarry, sooty, oily treatment that is quite effective but also a bit messy.  Always cover the salve with a bandage to avoid staining clothing or furniture.

Have you used Activated Charcoal?  What”s your favorite application?

 

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I’m a homeschooling mom who loves traditional skills, learning new things and everything about herbs! Living in rural PA with my husband of nearly 30 years and my two daughters who continue to bless me daily, we’re surrounded by woods and fields that are full of the wonders of creation. Many homeschooling hours have been spent outdoors learning about nature. My interest in herbs started early in our marriage when I created wreaths and potpourri from the fragrant plants. As I worked with them, they intrigued me and I began to read about herbal medicine. I’ve learned a lot about growing, harvesting and preparing them for my Herbal Medicine Chest. As I faced my 50th birthday and thoughts of an empty nest in the not too distant future, I began formal study to become an herbalist. It’s been a slow process as God’s plan for me is full of other responsibilities in this season of my life. I started blogging about my journey at The Woodwife’s Journal and have met some wonderful folks who inspire me to follow my heart.

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  1. Yes! My brother-in-law had a horrible carbuncle on his lower back, just above his bottom area. It had gotten really big and painful (he was trying to care for it on his own, but it just made it worse) to the point where he couldn’t even sit down. Things like car rides, watching TV, eating at the dinner table were excrutiating for him. It was so deep you could no longer really see anything, it was just a hard, red, swollen mass. I made a concoction using castor oil, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, colloidal silver, tea tree EO, manuka honey and some lavender EO. Mixed this all together in a glass jar and told him to spread it over his carbuncle. Then place a clean rag (like an old t-shirt scrap) over it, cover with a paper towel (for extra absorption) and finally plastic wrap. This is just to make sure it doesn’t get on any furniture or blankets. He did this for one night while he slept on his stomach and the next morning it had pulled the infection up to the top of the skin so he could break it open with a sterlized needle and drain it. He is 22, so the only one allowed to help him was his mother :) They were all amazed at how well it worked and it helped lessen his pain to drain some of the junk out. He still ended up going to the doctor to have it surgically removed, but I think he could have just continued to use my poultice and it would have gone away completely!

    I still have some of the stuff and my father-in-law asked me to put some on a band-aid for him to put on an infected cut on his finger. Also my husband has used it a few times to help with a few skin issues. This stuff is amazing. Messy and kind of scary looking, but really works wonders. Thanks for this great article!

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  2. The only way I have used activated charcoal is for constipation. I was amused at the instructions on the package: use so many for constipation; use so many more for ‘obstipation’. :)
    I have made a note of your recommendations and will keep it in my medicine chest.

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  3. I have used activated charcoal when one of my children swallowed something very toxic. Poison Control recommended it because they did not wanting her to throw up the poison. She didn’t even get a belly-ache.

    Twenty-five years later she is still doing well!!!

    No home, school, or church should be without activated charcoal.

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  8. Great info to have and sounds like a great purifying salve! Thanks for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Congrats on your feature today! Hope to see back with more great info :)
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  10. We always had drawing salve in the house growing up. You can still by tubes/jars of it in Holland. It works like a charm for a multitude of things, whether boils or splinters etc

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