Dandelion Salve Recipe

Dandelion Salve Recipe

Making this “Dandelion Salve Recipe” is something I do every Spring! There are few flowers in more abundance than dandelion in the springtime!  Why not take advantage of this amazing plant to make dandelion oil and salve!?

Dandelion, also known as Taraxacum Officinale, is a member of the Sunflower family.

While the entire dandelion plant can be consumed and is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, today we will be focusing on the blossoms of the dandelion to make dandelion oil.

Dandelion oil is for topical use only and makes a great massage oil for sore muscles and stiff joints.  It’s also good for reducing inflammation and stress after a long day.

But my favorite way to use Dandelion oil is to make salve with it.

salve

What is Dandelion Salve Used For?

Dandelion salve has several uses, including:

1. Skin Moisturization – Dandelion salve is soothing and moisturizing for dry, cracked, and itchy skin. It can be used as a general moisturizer or to soothe specific areas of the skin.

2. Lip Balm – Dandelion salve works well as a lip balm for chapped lips, providing moisturization and protection.

3. Pain Relief – Dandelion salve has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for sore and tired muscles, as well as achy and arthritic joints.

4. Healing Minor Wounds – It can help heal minor cuts, scrapes, and burns due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties.

5. Gifts – Jars of homemade dandelion salve also make great gifts.

Dandelion salve is a versatile natural remedy with multiple benefits for skincare and minor pain relief.

So first, let’s find some dandelions and make some oil!

Can You Safely Eat Dandelion?

field of flowers

Where Can I Find Dandelion to Pick?

Springtime is the best time to harvest dandelion blossoms.

But deciding which places are best to forage your dandelion from will take a little thought and possibly, some research.

Our land has acres of dandelions that are un-sprayed with any type of chemical, therefore I am very comfortable picking dandelions from our property.

This is the best place you can forage from, your’s or a friend’s property that you know isn’t sprayed.

However, there are parks and trails that have a “no-spray” policy that could be safe places to forage.

Other wide-open places, away from the road, could be great places to forage, as long as you are permitted to.

drying flowers on a dehydrator tray

What Should I Do with the Dandelions Once They’re Picked?

Before you do anything with your dandelion blossoms, I would give them a couple of good, but quick, soakings in fresh water and drain well.

(There are lots of little buggers in there that you can’t necessarily see!)

Then, spread your blossoms out on a cookie sheet or dehydrator screen to dry in the sun.

If you’re in a hurry, put them on the lowest setting of your dehydrator for about an hour and let them finish drying on their own.

It’s best to dry your blossoms completely because even just a little moisture inside the flower will cause your oil to go rancid.

How to Make Dandelion Oil

Once your dandelion blossoms are completely dry, fill a mason jar with 1/3 blossoms and cover with either olive, coconut or almond oil (or a combination of the three, which is what I do) and let sit in the sun for two weeks, shaking occasionally.

empty mason jar with dried blossoms

After two weeks, your oil will be a beautiful golden color!

blossoms in a jar of oil

Straining Dandelion Oil

Bring your beautiful dandelion oil inside and open your jar carefully.

Strain out blossoms from the oil, pouring through cheesecloth, if you have it.   Cheesecloth allows you to squeeze all of the oil out the blossoms, but if you don’t have any, use a utensil to press the oil out of the flowers.

draining oil with screen

strained oil

You can use your dandelion oil just as it is to rub on sore muscles, but it’s much more convenient to use once made into a salve.

dandelion salve recipe ingredients

Dandelion Salve Recipe

The recipe is incredibly simple…

You’ll need:

-One cup of dandelion oil

-One tablespoon of shea butter

-One tablespoon of beeswax pellets

-6 or so small, round tins

double boiler with oil and beeswax

Put the dandelion oil and the beeswax pellets in a pyrex cup and hang it on the side of a medium sized saucepan, full of water, creating a make-shift double-boiler.

Bring water to a boil, watching your oil constantly until the beeswax has melted.

double boiler with cup of oil and shea butter

Then add the shea butter and melt the same way.

adding oil to salve recipe

Let the oil cool down and then add lavender essential oil, if you like.  The two oils work nicely together.

small round tins of warm salve cooling

Slowly and patiently, fill small tins with the dandelion salve recipe mixture.

Wait for the oil to cool off and solidify.

dandelion salve setting up

There you have it!  Beautiful, inexpensive Dandelion oil salve!

I use it frequently on my arthritic hands after a long day in the garden, as well as on my shoulder joints.

Enjoy!

salve dandelion

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