First We Salve

We find a suspicious spot, or get a medical opinion. Ideally we have an idea of the size of the thing, because salve is most ideal for small lesions. Firstly we do a test spot (yes, we do, don’t we) and nothing happens there. When to resalve?

Next the process begins with the application of salve, the lesion dies and becomes eschar. If the reaction seems slow, or has stalled, we re-apply. Sanding or exfoliating can help an area with thick skin, or we can prick the area a few times with a thin needle. 

The inflammation reaction causes the lump to separate and the body pushes it out. Usually it comes out cleanly, and we keep the cavity moist until it heals over.

But what if it doesn’t come out cleanly on the first try?


white root

A clean pink cavity is what we want to see, but sometimes solid white tissue is visible in the cavity, a dark spot, or we can feel a lump underneath. Some of us prefer to wait for the area to heal, and then resalve. The down side is that the skin heals and you break it again. The tumor has become visible and you let the skin cover it over again. 

Others, like me, prefer to hit it again immediately, and screw the pain. We like use oil of cloves, ant venom, Zen Balm or some other natural pain reliever first. Some choose ibuprofen or a similar pharmaceutical. 

A good option for reapplication is the Gentle Salve, which contains less of the active ingredients because it’s mixed with aloe vera gel. Alternatively you can use normal salve and dilute it with aloe or coconut oil, but it will become runny. 

Another option is to use a paste of bloodroot, with no zinc chloride. You can make this with the contents of a capsule, but it needs to be in there every day. 

Choices other than to Resalve

Instead of salving again, I see that some people choose to try hydrogen peroxide or essential oils directly in the cavity. I haven’t heard of any positive results of doing this. To help us keep this up-to-date, please message me or post your experiences in the bloodroot salve discussion group.

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