No. 3 Full Strength Salamanca Herb Salve

I received a comment from Susan A. to my post about testing out an old jar of No. 3 Full Strength Salamanca Herb Salve on my poison ivy rash / blisters this past summer. Susan A. requested I send her the list of ingredients just as they are on the label. So here goes – exactly as listed on the label
Active Ingredients: Beth Root, Indigo, Wormwood, steeped in a pure petrolatum base.

The rest of the label reads:

No. 3 Full Strength Salamanca Herb Salve
Reg. Trade Name – U.S. Patent Office – Wash., D.C.
All Purpose Salve
For External use Only

Manufactured by H. F. Freeman
545 Center St.
Salamanca, NY 14779

Apply heavy coat on hard cloth. Change daily.
“Temporary relief of minor skin irritations.”
Thin layer as you improve.

1 3/4 ounces or over $2.00

I’ve heard some of the stores around the Salamanca area carry the salve – I haven’t checked it out myself. But if anyone knows for sure whether they do, please let us know! This is great stuff.

Susan A. – if you make this, please share with me the latin names of the herbs you end up using and how you end up making it!

And if you haven’t already, please check out Laura’s January 6th Good Planets post! You’ll see some gorgeous photos there, and a photo I submitted. And for now, here’s a view of Lake Ontario I took yesterday looking northeast. More on the new birds I found later!

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47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary
    Jan 08, 2007 @ 08:27:22


    I’ve never had poison ivy but I’ll try to remember where I saw the salve.

    I am so happy to see Lake Ontario! More later?


  2. Pam
    Jan 08, 2007 @ 08:34:54

    Mary! You’ve seen the salve??? That would be awesome if you could remember! This stuff is powerful.
    Oh yes, more later!


  3. Mon@rch
    Jan 08, 2007 @ 22:45:54

    It is funny how I have lived in Salamanca all my life and never heard of the stuff! What a small world, now I need to check this stuff out! Thanks for letting me know!


    • Marge
      May 17, 2010 @ 19:32:04

      Hi, I am 71 years old and at the age of about 12 I had carbuncles, one had to be lanced (still have the scar on my knee) my Great Aunt bought over a jar of Salmanca Herrb Salve and I used it on seven other boils that summer and it worked wonderful. Never needed Doctor, We always had a jar at my Grandmother’s. Recently we talked about skin eruptions and I told them about this salve, it would be wonderful to find it. I remember as a 12 year old writing the order and enclosing two dollars I think and in a week or so we would receive it. Would love to find some.


  4. Susan Gets Native
    Jan 08, 2007 @ 23:40:45

    Anything that helps PI would be welcome in this house.
    Come this summer, I will be Googling that salve.

    Birds??????? I wanna see birds!!!!!!!


  5. Pam
    Jan 09, 2007 @ 08:46:32

    Mon@rch – if you can find it in a store in Salamanca, that would be awesome! I don’t know when the company went out of business, or why. Probably because a jar lasts forever! I rec’d this jar when I was studying herbs – the guy said it was really good for diaper rash or any skin problem. I was leery about using it this past summer since it’s so old – but it was really cool to see it’s action on the poison ivy blisters. I am making a big assumption that it is a Native American recipe, but I haven’t been able to find it yet – not even in my Iroquois Medicinal Botany book or other Native American herbal books. So please let me know!!

    Susan – I’ll post it here if anyone finds that it is still being made! Bewds are the next post!! And I even have more bewds after that!


  6. Mon@rch
    Jan 09, 2007 @ 22:23:33

    Okey Dokey! Will look into it and see if my parents know the person!


  7. Pam
    Jan 09, 2007 @ 22:37:58

    Thanks Mon@rch!


  8. Melissa A
    Jan 25, 2007 @ 03:43:26

    I work with Pharmacy Innovations in Jamestown, which isn’t too far from Salamanca… We actually bought the old #3 recp. and make it now…

    Here is the website!

    If you have any questions, you can email me at



  9. Pete
    Aug 05, 2009 @ 06:57:37

    Just so you know, I’ve always used it as a drawing salve for splinters and minor infections.
    In fact, this past week, it has removed an ingrown nail on my thumb that became infected.
    Thank you for the info on Poison ivy. I will try that on my Poison oak the next time I come in contact with it.

    When we lived in the Salamanca area we could only get the salve on the black market and by recommended word of mouth.
    I am very grateful to find that it is sold on line for my small jar is almost out.


    • Ren
      Jun 26, 2013 @ 10:06:45

      My grew up in Salamanca and we always had both a “drawing salve” and “healing salve” in the house, one of each and the cap said Champlan [sp?] Salve.


  10. Ty
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 17:01:50

    The salve included a formula of a Seneca medicine man by the name of Dwight Jimerson. The salve was prominent during the 20s-30s-40s. The story goes President Coolidge had a son who was ill from blood poisoning and conventional medicine failed to make him better. The salve was sent for but reached D.C. too late.
    Jimerson was well versed in the medicines of the earth and the story goes, Jimerson took his secrets with him to the grave. The original salve now would be 70 some years old.
    The salve was still marketed after Jimerson passed on but its potentcy was diminished by lacking of the secrets.


  11. Dale
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 11:19:15

    My father was from Salamanca. He always kept a jar of the (original) salve around. It would draw a splinter onto a bandaid overnight. Experience talking!
    I recently found that it was once again avaiable… rushed out and paid $10 for a really small jar! No problem I thought, this stuff is great… worth every penny. Not… It won’t draw like the original and does no better than other slaves for minor skin ailments.
    The current Salamanca slave is not the same stuff I grew up with. I can still remember the smell of the original and the new stuff has no resemblance.


  12. Dawn Harden
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 13:28:22

    My father took us to Mr. Freeman’s home to help him bottle up the salve. Boy did it smell bad, but we were able to get an entire case just for helping. That was over 45 years ago and I still have a jar that I guard. I was raised on this formula and as a kid we never went to the Dr. for cuts or burns. I am so happy that the formula lives on and will be ordering some soon. Have already called my brothers and sisters and they to will be ordering.


  13. Roger O.Klein
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 10:26:12

    Any information on the Salamanca herb salve would be greatly appreciated, thank you,Roger O. Klein,56 Strawrown rd.West Nyack,N.T.10994


  14. Rosemary Hatch Fappas
    May 24, 2011 @ 18:51:22

    I grew up with that salve. My Mom was part Seneca and we always had a jar of it in the medicine cabinet. We used it for everything from bites to boils to blisters and yes for oak, some rashs from poison ivy and poison oak. Would like to find where it can be got again. If anyone knows please send the address so we can order it. Send it by E-mail or if you are on facebook I am under Rosemary Hatch-Fappas.


  15. Frederick Falk, Gowanda, NY
    Jun 09, 2011 @ 18:08:46

    I have an old jar of #3, about 30 years old, and used it 2 days ago to draw on an infection. It is well on it’s way to healing. As I remember, the #3 is not as strong is it once was. It smells about as strong as the old #1.


  16. Frederick Falk, Gowanda, NY
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 16:37:04

    I have an old jar of #3, about 45 years old, and used it 2 days ago to draw on an infection. It is well on it’s way to healing. As I recall, it was originally, “Champlin Salve”, and came in (3) different strengths. Drawing, medium and healing. The patent was sold, and it appeared on the market, one strengh, #3. This jar of #3 that I have, smells about as strong as the, “healing strength.” Still good stuff though.


  17. Frederick Falk, Gowanda, NY
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 16:37:36

    I have an old jar of #3, about 45 years old, and used it 2 days ago to draw on an infection. It is well on it’s way to healing. As I recall, it was originally, “Champlin Salve”, and came in (3) different strengths. Drawing, medium and healing. The patent was sold, and it appeared on the market, one strength, #3. This jar of #3 that I have, smells about as strong as the, “healing strength.” Still good stuff though.


  18. Eileen Bucklin
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 10:27:05

    would like to order the save, what is the address


  19. Diane Holmes
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 23:45:25

    Apparently Pharmacy Innovations makes it now. Here’s the url:


    • Ren
      Jun 26, 2013 @ 10:29:40

      This web address only gave me an error now. I know it is a year later. I went to Pharmacy Innovations’ website home page and tried to search for the salve but didn’t get any results. I too wonder if it is still being produced w/ the old recipe, and hope Pam [per her 6/15/13 post] can find it.


      • Sylvia
        Apr 19, 2015 @ 23:08:55

        Pharmacy Innovations in Erie, Pa. has Salamanca #3 on its shelves. Saw it 2 weeks ago (4/9/2015). Their # is 1-888-838-2102

  20. Bill Mac
    May 17, 2013 @ 13:43:23

    About 50 years ago, I helped collect herbs that were used in the original Champlin Salve. I still can remember collecting baskets of wild mint from along Little Valley Creek.


  21. Arild
    May 18, 2013 @ 15:02:53

    I have a small, white plastic can here with “GAYANOSE:’s Seneca Indian Herbal Salve (Original Formula)”. This works on rashes and Poison Ivy. We got it at one of our travels and an American Indian Crafts shop. Wife wants more. Anyone knows where we can get hold of some?


  22. andria m. simpson-russell
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 21:19:37

    I grew up 30 mins from Salamanca, NY and my Mom always had Salamanca Salve in the medicine cabinet, I can’t tell you just how well it worked. I’m always wishing I had that jar, any idea were to find it???


  23. Kevin
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 10:11:16

    Salamanca drawing salve is by far the absolute best salve, I have ever used. It is wonderful for kids who are constantly coming up with scrapes with dirt embedded into the wound. I was raised with it and so were my kids. Besides cleaning the wound completely, never ever does the salve allow infection to begin. I would love to find another jar. Twenty years ago, you could buy it in Steamburg, NY. Does anyone know if it is still made and sold?


  24. Pam
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 10:22:00

    Kevin – I have a new jar at home, and will look to see who produces it now (or who produced it at the time it was found for me). I’ll let you know.


  25. Pam
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 10:35:37

    Kevin – Yup, it’s from Pharmacy Innovations. Someone that lives down there got it for me, so I’ll have to ask him if they are still around when he gets back from his trip. Sorry to keep you waiting!


  26. Ben
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 11:54:26

    If you guys are still looking for GAYANOSE:’s Herbal Black Salve… my aunt used to make it and sell it to business around the Western New York area, and now my dad and I are taking over the business. We are now located in Jamestown, but still sell to shops in Salamanca and around the WNY area. We have a website at if anyone is interested in getting some salve! It’s the exact same formula as the old “GAYANOSE:’s” salve, we just took that out of the name.


  27. Ren
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 13:32:47

    Still no luck on the Champlin Salve? My sister & I grew up w/ the drawing and healing salves in the house and would love more.


  28. Pam
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 14:53:09

    Ren, it looks like we can get the salve at Ben’s place: – I haven’t checked it out myself because I still have some, since it lasts forever.


  29. Sabiachu
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 04:01:30

    I lived in Salamanca for 9 years while working at Allegany State Park. I had heard of the salve years before and saw it sitting in a store that is now closed. I bought a jar for $20 and had it on hand for about 5 years before needing it for something important… With Type 2 diabetes you are told to “be careful of your feet”! I had an ingrown toenail that was so bad it hurt to walk. I had NO desire to go to a doctor and have it cut out (or off!). I remembered the salve. I put a gob on the nail and skin around the edges and covered it with bandages. I had to do this for a couple of weeks and changed the dressing at least 2X a day. The imbedded nail came out in two separate pieces like a splinter. I have not had a problem since. Infection gone and so it the propensity for the nail to become ingrown!


  30. Rochelle Worden
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 02:21:13

    We used this Indian salve as kids. Do u still make it. Is it a med yellow color. Not black salve!


  31. Rhodella Brown
    Dec 21, 2014 @ 14:06:25

    You can buy Salamanca Salve at:

    Pharmacy Innovations
    PCAB Accredited
    863 Fairmount Avenue
    Jamestown, NY 14701
    Phone: (716) 484-1586
    Toll Free: 1-888-844-4573
    Fax: (716) 488-0073

    I too remember this salve from when I was little. Found this place to order it.


  32. Renee Farner
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 00:23:55

    Ive heard ur Salamanca salve could draw out splinters,infection etc. Not just sooth rashes. Is that the case? My husbands family is originally fr New York&thats how i heard about it. If u could email me further info i would appreciate it.


  33. Ren
    Jul 19, 2015 @ 15:52:49

    I found the website and phone #s for their other locations too, since seeing Sylvia’s reply above to my 2013 post. They are close weekends. Hope to call this week.

    Apr 19, 2015 @ 23:08:55

    Pharmacy Innovations in Erie, Pa. has Salamanca #3 on its shelves. Saw it 2 weeks ago (4/9/2015). Their # is 1-888-838-2102


  34. Joe Tasin, formerly from Bradford,PA
    Sep 30, 2015 @ 16:59:05

    When I was approx. 7 years old, had blood poisoning that went from my hand to my shoulder blade. I went to Salamanca to an Indian woman , whom at that time had the makings of the Champlain salve, only she had it in herbs which she made into a poultice. She saved my arm and my life


  35. J. Simons
    Dec 03, 2015 @ 00:32:05

    My husband was born in Salamanca and grew up using this salve. We still have 2 partial jars in our home. It is still potent after 50 yrs (my husband is 70). We use it as a drawing salve to pull stuff out.


  36. tony colley
    Feb 12, 2016 @ 18:01:20

    When my son was young back in the early seventies his feet became very cracked and sore. Doctor found out he was allergic to the ink in the colored socks. He gave us a jar of the Seneca salve and after a week he was completely healed. That stuff works great. We had tried over the counter and prescription salve before that with no luck.


  37. Tim Palmgren
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 11:31:38

    Seneca Herbal Black Salve is now available at Gifts, Decor & More 205 Cherry St. in Jamestown, NY.


  38. Darlene R Stark
    Feb 02, 2018 @ 08:32:18

    Where can you buy this. I know it works good we used this when I a kid.


  39. Kim Burt
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 14:19:25

    My Mom always had a jar or two at all times. It was the original number 3 full strength drawing Salamanca herb salve. I’m trying to find out if it is still around and if so where to get it. I can remember the smell and how great it worked. November 2019.


    • Loren
      Nov 08, 2019 @ 11:56:17

      It is hard to find the original anymore. My parents always had the Champlain’s Salve in the closet which I understand to be a version of the Salamanca Salve or the Seneca Salve.


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