My son Maddox is one of those kids that would rather get chased by a pack of wolves than let me pick a splinter out of his skin. He had a pretty nasty one stuck in his finger that was starting to look a bit infected so I knew I needed to get it out, but I would have to give him a million dollars and my soul for him to let me try. I had heard of Pine Tar Drawing Salve being used for centuries to treat all kinds of skin ailments including drawing out splinters. I knew this was my best bet on getting this thing out before infection set in so I made some and what do you know….after sleeping with it on the splinter covered by a bandaid over night, the next morning I barely squeezed it and out it came. He ran around the house with excitement over my “magic splinter medicine.”
One explanation of the healing mechanism is that pine stimulates local blood flow and significantly increases the immune response where the salve has been applied. So the area becomes inflamed until the body rejects the splinter, thorn, glass etc.
This is a must have in any house hold!
Here is how to make your own:
Beeswax...1 Tablespoon for a soft salve, 2 Tablespoons for a harder salve
1/4 cup olive oil…even better if it has been infused with some herbal goodness
1 tablespoon of pine tar
1/2 teaspoons of activated charcoal
You will also need a double boiler (or makeshift one like I use with a pot and canning rings) and a glass jar for your salve. Do not put this salve in metal or plastic! The salve can actually draw out toxins over time. I use a little 4 ounce glass mason jar.
WHAT TO DO:
Add the beeswax and oil to the glass jar and put it in your double boiler. Stir over low/medium heat until the beeswax is melted. Once melted, remove from heat and pour in pine tar (with a disposable spoon) and activated charcoal. Mix well and let it harden. This will keep for a year!
USES FOR PINE TAR SALVE:
To remove splinters, thorns, small pieces of glass, or insect stingers – to do this cover the wound with salve and a bandaid or gauze. Repeat the process until it comes out.
You can also add the salve to to following ailments:
To treat and prevent skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, apply to insect bites, acne, cracked heels and dry elbows, alleviate itching and peeling associated with sunburns, boils, and common wounds.
Apply the pine tar ointment directly to the skin and rub until it is absorbed.
It can also be put on a rag to effectively disinfect and shine any wooden surface!