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What Is Black Ointment?

Mullein is often an ingredient in black ointment.
Black ointment can be used to treat burns and boils.
Warts are a common ailment treated with black ointment.
Fingertip with a dab of drawing salve.
Athlete's foot can be treated with black ointment.
Black ointment often contains red clover blossoms.
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Black ointment is a type of drawing salve that contains various herbs, oils, and other natural products. It is used to treat many types of skin irritations, such as burns and boils. The ingredients in this ointment, when used together, are believed to reduce the risk of infection and promote cell growth. This product is only recommended for topical use, as one of its main ingredients, the materials from a plant called comfrey, may be detrimental to health if consumed or used in suppository form.

The most common ailments that may be soothed with black ointment are boils, warts, bee stings, acne, athlete's foot, hemorrhoids, and different types of burns such as sunburn. Some sources suggest that the product may also aid in fighting ulcers, tumors, and skin cancer. There is no standardized recommended dosage for this ointment, as most brands suggest using it as frequently and liberally as needed to soothe skin irritations. The product has not been evaluated by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Black ointment is often referred to as a drawing salve, also known as a drawing ointment. Drawing salves are generally used for topical detoxification. They pull toxins, debris, and other impurities from wounds, burns, and other ailments of the skin.

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Though the ingredients may vary from brand to brand, all types of black ointment contain a mixture of herbs, oils, comfrey, and beeswax. Other ingredients may include red clover blossoms, olive oil, and pine tar. Mullein, a plant sometimes used for herbal tea, is often used in this type of ointment as well.

It is believed that the ingredients in this ointment promote faster healing and stimulate cell growth when used in conjunction with each other. They are promoted for various antibacterial qualities, and may help reduce the risk of infection when applied to an affected area of the skin. Some other benefits include toning and strengthening of skin tissues.

One of the main proponents of black ointment is a plant called comfrey. This plant, which is native to Europe and Asia, has been used as a healing herb since around 400 BC. Since comfrey contains certain alkaloids which may be either fatal or hazardous to health if ingested orally, black ointment is strictly meant for topical use. Additionally, this product, and other products containing comfrey, are not recommended to be used on cuts, unlike some types of drawing salves which do not contain comfrey.

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FloorStalker
Post 5

@organgey03: With respect, I will address your concern with a bit of research completed by a highly competent herbalist by the name of

Kate Freer. You can find her work online.

As for me, I'm a Snopes kind of guy. I question the value of information presented to me by doing my own due diligence. This information has been out there to find for yourself for many years now. Never stop questioning. Never stop seeking answers. Enjoy the day.

anon210189
Post 4

On an organic farm I worked on, we gave comfrey to the chickens to strengthen the shells.

orangey03
Post 3

I have read that some people actually eat comfrey. It is widely known to be dangerous, and I looked into just exactly what it can do to the body.

The comfrey plant contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Four of these kind of alkaloids are carcinogens. These alkaloids have a cumulative effect inside the body. They can cause liver toxicity and hepatic vein blockage when ingested. These alkaloids are converted to toxic metabolites by liver enzymes, so comfrey would have to be ingested to be truly dangerous. Ointments containing comfrey should be safe to use.

I just can’t believe that a person would take the risk and eat comfrey!

Perdido
Post 2

@lighth0se33 - Black ointment is soothing when used on a sunburn. I don't suppose there was anything for it to "draw out" of the burn, but since it promotes the growth of new cells, it probably helped my sunburn heal faster.

I had used sunscreen on the day I got the sunburn, but my arms stuck to the float I was on, and when I pulled my arms away, the sunscreen must’ve stayed behind on the float. I was horribly burned.

The black ointment seemed to have the same effect as aloe. The plaintain herb present in the ointment has a cooling effect. It lowered my irritation level a good bit.

lighth0se33
Post 1

Has anyone ever used black ointment on sunburn? I like how aloe cools the burn, but I am looking for other products that might help me heal faster.

I got a bad sunburn when I fell asleep floating on the pool. I am going on vacation in two weeks, and I need to be all healed up by then so I can get out on the beach.

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