A glass jar of black drawing salve with herbs surrounding it, and a labeled lid next to it.

Antimicrobial Black Drawing Salve for Tick Bites and Splinters

  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 4 weeks
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 672 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 ounces 1x


A Black Drawing Salve can help pull out splinters, serve as an antimicrobial, and soothe inflamed skin.



For the oil

  • 1 part dried andrographis
  • 1 part dried or fresh calendula flowers (if fresh, see notes)
  • 1 part fresh chickweed (see notes)
  • 1 part fresh plantain (see notes)
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil


For the salve

  • 1/2 cup infused oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
  • 2 tablespoons activated charcoal
  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E, optional, works as a preservative
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil, optional, works as a skin soother
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil, optional, works as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory


  1. To infuse the oil using the solar method: Place the herbs in a wide mouth pint-sized mason jar, filling the jar about 2/3 full. Using a marker or piece of tape, mark the top level of the herbs on the outside of the jar. Then cover the herbs with 1” of the oil. The herbs may float, but just fill the jar until the oil reaches 1” above the marking. Set in a sunny spot for 4-6 weeks, shaking daily (or as often as you remember). Strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve before using.
  2. To infuse the oil using a double boiler: Fill a saucepan with 1” of water, then place a glass bowl over top. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, and then add in about 1 cup of olive oil to about 1/2 cup of mixed herbs. Let infuse over a very low burner for 2-3 hours, or until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herbs. Do not let the oil get hot enough to cook the herbs. It’s best to err on the side of too cool here. I prefer to use the smallest burner on my stove at its lowest setting. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined sieve before using.
  3. To make the salve: Fill a saucepan with 1” of water, then place a glass bowl over top. Bring the water to a gentle simmer. Add in the beeswax and 1/2 cup of the infused oil. Stir constantly until the wax is completely melted. Remove from heat, and then add in the charcoal, clay, vitamin E, and essential oils, and stir until completely smooth. Pour into a glass container and let cool completely. Label and store.
  4. To use on tick and other insect bites: Place a heaping glob on the clean bite site, then cover with a large bandage (the salve will stain). Remove after 24 hours.
  5. To use on splinters, embedded glass, and other foreign objects: Place a heaping glob on the clean site and cover with a large bandage. Check after 12 hours to see if the foreign object has moved enough to be grabbed with tweezers. If not, apply more of the salve and check again in another 12 hours. Deep splinters might take a few days. If the site becomes inflamed, red, warm, has pus, or shows any other signs of being infected, immediately contact your healthcare professional.


  • When using fresh herbs, it’s important to “fresh wilt” the herbs to get a little bit of the moisture out of them before adding them to the oil. Oil and water don’t mix! To fresh wilt, just place the herbs in a warm, dry spot (sun works, too) until they are floppy and a bit shriveled—it shouldn’t take more than a few hours.
  • Category: Home Remedy

Keywords: home remedy, natural home, herbalism, holistic health