Dandelion Salve

natural healing dandelion salve
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Who knew those fluffy little yellow "weeds" in everyone's yard could be used for something other than wine or chicken treats?

Dandelion salve is the perfect salve to have on hand for things like achy muscles and dry or damaged skin.  

You can make the infused oil and keep it on hand when you need to whip up a batch.  I use fully dried dandelion flowers, leaves and roots - never fresh.  If you use fresh you will introduce too much bacteria to the infusion and it will greatly reduce the life expectancy of the salve.  Use any essential oil or blend you prefer.  I used sweet orange because it's one of my favorites, easy to find, and is uplifting and fresh.

Here is why I've used each of the ingredients:
Dried Dandelion - is known to ease muscle aches and moisturized dry and damaged skin.
Olive Oil - a Vitamin E-rich powerhouse that is an effective moisturizer.
Castor Oil - offering anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, it is high in Vitamin E and beneficial fatty acids.
Beeswax - provides a protection against irritants while holding moisture and allowing the skin to breathe.  It is a humectant that offers anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil - smells like fresh oranges and lifts your spirits and brightens your mood!

An easy to make great gift idea to give during the Holiday as well as to keep on hand.  This would work as a great teacher's gift too!

healing dandelion salve

natural first aid dandelion salve

Dandelion Salve
Makes 4 ounces.

4 ounces Infused Dandelion Oil {using olive oil, grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil and dried dandelion flowers, leaves and/or roots - see instructions below}
1 ounces Castor Oil
 .75 ounce Beeswax Pastilles
15 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil, or more if desired
6 - 1oz jar or tin

To make the Dandelion -infused oil:  
1/4 cup Dried Dandelion Flowers, Leaves and/or Roots
approx. 1 1/2 -2 cups Oil {such as olive oil, grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil}

Solar Method:  Add the 1/4 dried dandelion parts to a pint mason jar.  Add 1 1/2 cups oil.  Screw on the lid and leave in a sunny window, shaking lightly as often as you remember, for 4 weeks.  Strain the oil {tossing the herbs} and put the oil in a clean jar until ready to use.  I use cheesecloth in straining mine. **If, when your infusion is ready there is any mold, moisture has been introduced and the infusion should not be used. **

Fast Method:  If you want to make the balm/salve soon, you can use a heated version.  Heat the 2 cups of olive oil and the 1/4 cup dried herbs in a double boiler on medium-low, allowing the water to simmer gently, 40-60 minutes.  Strain.  Cool.  Put the oil in a clean jar until ready to use.

Infused oils should last a year or more if stored in a dark, cool location and checked for moisture {check underneath the lid}.

To Make the Salve:
*Stovetop method* In the top of a double boiler, gently heat the beeswax and oils together until the beeswax is completely melted over medium-low heat.   Remove from heat. If you're adding essential oil, add once you've removed the mixture from the heat and stir.  Pour into tins or other containers.

*Microwave method* In a pyrex measuring cup {or pyrex or glass bowl that is microwave-safe}, measure out all the ingredients except the essential oil.  Microwave at 40 second intervals, stirring between each, until fully melted.  If you're adding essential oil, stir into liquid.  Pour into tins, jars or other containers.

To Use:
Rub small amount into skin as needed.

Other healing balms or salves:
All-Purpose Healing Balm/Salve
Little One's All-Purpose Balm/Salve
Using Lavender Essential Oil
Homemade Natural Vapor Rub
Dandelion Salve
Homemade Fire Cider (for Sinus issues)


Tricky Wolf said...

Absolutely brilliant, we've been waiting for this post! can't wait to get some made up now and try it out, thank you!

daisy g said...

A great use for an otherwise wasted plant! I love the solar method!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much! I will be sharing more salves and balm recipes soon. :)