Amish black healing salve

Article reprinted from: Education of Soul:

The Amish are known for their rejection of modern technology and medicine. For centuries, they have been using natural remedies to treat their health problems, and one of the oldest and most powerful ones is the black healing salve. This salve is a mixture of activated charcoal, essential oils and other helpful ingredients which create a powerful remedy that can treat numerous skin problems. Activated charcoal is one of the most effective remedies against any kind of skin disorder – it can accelerate the healing and keep the skin healthy.

If you search the internet for black salve, you will find websites claiming it can treat skin cancer. However, this salve isn’t the Amish remedy we’re speaking of. The black salve is a controversial skin cancer solution that is yet to be confirmed as effective. The salve is made from corrosive agents known as escharotics. Its main ingredient is bloodroot, a natural remedy used against squamous cell or basal carcinoma, although there’s no scientific evidence to confirm its efficiency. Don’t confuse this treatment with the Amish black healing salve – they are completely different.

Here’s how to prepare the Amish mixture:


  • ½ a cup of castor oil
  • ½ a cup of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of beeswax
  • 3 teaspoons of activated charcoal
  • 3 teaspoons of bentonite clay
  • 10 drops of calendula oil


Mix the bentonite clay with the essential oil and activated charcoal, then melt the beeswax in a pot and warm the calendula oil in a double boiler. Now, mix everything together in a jar, then close it tight and leave it to cool down. Keep the jar away from sunlight in order not to spoil the ingredients.

As you can see, the Amish black healing salve contains completely natural ingredients and is recommended against minor skin problems. The black salve we mentioned above has a more powerful formula which includes powdered bloodroot and chloride zinc, and is commonly used to treat skin cancer.

In conclusion, we can say that the Amish black healing salve is a great natural remedy for a variety of skin disorders and for detoxifying the body of toxins. Try it yourself and you will be amazed by the results!


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Making your own insect repellent

Insect Repellent Spray: Always shake well before using!

  1. Purchase a plastic 4oz bottle with a spray nozzle (you can find these at many drugstores).
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  • One ounce of organic sesame, soybean or Neem infused oil (if neither is available then use any carrier oil)
  • Two ounces of witch hazel water (I prefer Thayer’s) (or distilled water if you don’t have witch hazel)
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  • 40 drops of any of the following combinations:

basil, catnip oil, clove, fennel, geranium, lavender, lemon, lemon grass, rosemary, yarrow and ylang-ylang

Always shake well before using.

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Why pay a lot of money for something that is so easy to make?  Here is a quick and easy recipe for making your own lip balm.


  • 1 ounce of carrier oil
  • ½ ounce cocoa or shea butter
  • ½ ounce beeswax (pastilles are easiest to use)

Other oils you might like to add:

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Essential oils (10-20 drops depending on oil)

This makes about 10 tubes of lip balm in a .15oz (some oil is lost to the beaker).  You can also put it into small empty jars, so start saving those now!

Warm the oil and the beeswax together—temperature should be warm enough to have the beewax melt, but no more.

Once melted, add the essential oils and stir (I use a chop stick).  To test the consistency, dip a spoon in the mixture and the put it in the freezer for on minute.  Take it out and see if you like it.  If it’s too thick, add a bit more oil, if it’s too thin, add a bit more beeswax.

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Sometimes we just need to take a couple of moments and relax our eyes.  Make this tea ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to a week if your eyes are feeling tired and red.

Equal parts of:

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  • Elder flower
  • Eyebright
  • Plantain

Bring water to boil and add herbs; let steep for 20 minutes. Strain thoroughly.  Let cool in the refrigerator.  Dip clean cloth into the tea and gently ring out the excess tea.  Close the eyes and cover with the cloth for 5-10 minutes.

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