A thick salve, known as a drawing salve has provided good results for skin conditions for over 100 years. Originally used for the drawing out of splinters and boils from the skin, it has been found that these types of salves provide relief from itching and irritation.
Itching can be the worst symptom of such diseases as eczema and psoriasis. The itching, swelling and pain resulting from these diseases can cause more itching and soreness, which in some cases can result in open wounds. The application of such salves can totally relieve the afflicted from the itching.
The ingredients of these salves consist of liquefied Phenol (also known as carbolic acid, used to sterilize medical instruments) combined in a base of Petrolatum, Paraffin and Cottonseed Oil. This provides a sticky substance that will coat the skin and will stay put if wrapped with a flannel cloth or similar covering.
Over time, the itching will stop, and thus the scratching will discontinue allowing the affected area to heal.
We are proprietors of a natural health stand at a local farmer’s market and we have many people approach us with requests for relief from eczema and psoriasis. Many have already been to the doctor and have received prescriptions ranging from steroids and other types of medication. Many complain that the medication is not providing the relief that they desire.
We will suggest that they try a medicated drawing salve. The “proof is in the pudding” as they say.
If the condition can be left alone, in many cases it will heal.
It is also suggested to the person afflicted that they completely get off of sugar as much as possible (no soda, diet soda, candy, etc). Too much sugar is an epidemic in our society and this has been very detrimental to the health of our overall population. For those who have been able to substantially reduce the sugar intake in their diets, the result has been very satisfying.