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					Drawing Salve
The drawing qualities of this salve make it useful for pulling the last bits
of infection from scabbed-over wounds, soothing as it speeds healing.

1 oz Plantain leaves, crushed
1 oz Comfrey root, powdered
4 oz Olive oil
¼ oz beeswax, grated
4 drops tincture of Benzoin (balsamic tree resin used as a safe
preservative)
Essential oil, if desired

Measure oil into double boiler or crockpot with a dimmer switch, bring
temperature to between 80-100 degrees, no higher. Break herbs into
small pieces and stir into oil. Heat this mixture uncovered, at this
temperature, for 2-48 hours. Length of time is determined by how
quickly the herbs loose their color and by the scent of the mixture.
Check the temperature with a candy thermometer.

Strain the herbs, first through a strainer, then cheesecloth, so there is no
grit. Return the oil to the pot. Melt the beeswax in a small saucepan then
add to the herbs and reheat. Mix well and test for consistency by
pouring a small amount into a spoon. It should harden so that if you tip
the spoon it will not run out. Pour the melted liquid into jars, the
mixture will set as it cools. In warm climates you may need to add more
wax to keep it solid, cool climates may require less wax. Stir in essential
oil and 1 drop of Benzoin per each ounce of base (olive oil).

				
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