DIY Dandelion Salve for Healing
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This DIY dandelion salve uses just three simple ingredients, including dandelion-infused oil made with dandelions picked right from your own backyard!
It’s an herbal healing salve that works wonders for sore muscles, helps to heal minor cuts and scrapes and can be used as an all-natural moisturizer with so many benefits for your skin!
Dandelions are incredibly beneficial in so many ways. While many people have been trained to see dandelions as unsightly weeds in their otherwise well-manicured lawns, dandelions were actually intentionally brought to North America by European immigrants centuries ago because they knew how beneficial these little plants really are!
First of all, dandelions are actually really good for lawns and gardens. Their long taproots help aerate the soil and their colourful flowers are some of the first blooms to attract pollinators to our gardens in the spring!
Second, dandelions are a nutritious and completely edible plant. In fact, every part of the dandelion plant is edible from the roots to the leaves to the flowers. You can make dandelion root tea, dandelion leaf salad and even fried dandelion flowers!
But perhaps most impressive is the fact that dandelions offer a huge range of health benefits from strengthening bones and fighting diabetes to detoxifying your liver and nourishing your skin in all sorts of ways.
While you can eat and drink dandelions to reap their health benefits, they can also be turned into topical, medicinal balms, salves, creams, oils, lotions and astringents.
Dandelions are also anti-inflammatory as well as high in antioxidants, and when applied topically they can help nourish and clear skin, fight skin infections and help relieve muscle and joint pain, including pain caused by arthritis.
That being said, my favourite way to use dandelions is by making an infused oil and then turning that oil into a healing salve. I use only 3 ingredients: Dandelion-infused oil, coconut oil and beeswax. I also like adding in skin-nourishing essential oils like lavender, tea tree and frankincense, but these are completely optional).
The salve is really quick to make once you’ve got your infused oil (about 20 minutes is all you need), but first you will need to spend a little time making your dandelion-infused oil.
How to Make Dandelion-Infused Oil
- Pick dandelions when they’re fresh and in season. For this salve you’re only going to use the dandelion flower. *Make sure dandelions haven’t been sprayed with herbicides! This is a common “weed” that many people use RoundUp and other chemical sprays on. Also steer clear of dandelions near busy roadways or in public parks where they might have been peed on by dogs!
- Let flowers dry out for a day or two because infused oils may start to grow mold if you use fresh flowers that still have moisture in them. But don’t let them dry out too long because dandelions may go to seed. Just a day or two max.
- Once dandelions have dried, pack them into a jar. Pack as many flowers as you can in there and then top with a liquid oil. I usually use olive oil, which is a good skin moisturizer for your skin and is something you probably have sitting in your pantry already. But you could also use jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil or any other liquid oil you choose.
- Let them sit for 2 to 6 weeks and allow the oil time to infuse. You can set your jar in a warm, sunny location or simply leave it on your countertop or even in a cupboard. And you can really leave the flowers in the oil for as long as you like (I just made a fresh batch of salve with some dandelion oil that still had the dandelions in it from last year!) But a few weeks is enough to extract the beneficial properties from dandelions.
- Once you’ve infused your oil, pour it through a sieve or some cheesecloth and use a pestle, a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to press on the flowers and squeeze out as much oil as possible. Reserve the oil and compost the dandelion flowers.
How to Make Dandelion Salve
A salve is basically a healing ointment or balm. This all-natural homemade dandelion salve blends dandelion-infused oil with coconut oil and beeswax to create a healing, moisturizing and soothing salve that can be used all over the body. Here’s how to make it…
- Use a food scale to measure out your dandelion oil, beeswax and coconut oil. Measure in or transfer to a heat-proof melting/pouring pot.
- Create a double boiler by placing the melting pot in a pot with a couple inches of water in it and heat on medium until all of the ingredients melt together. Stir with a wooden spoon or other mixing utensil to mix well. *I use a wooden stir stick for all of my homemade candles and salves. I always wipe it off immediately after string with a rag or some paper towel so the wax doesn’t harden on and build up. If using a kitchen utensil, you might want to consider dedicating a specific wooden spoon or tool to your homemade personal care products in order to keep wax out of your food and food out of your wax!
- Remove from the heat and let liquid salve mixture cool in the pot for about 5 minutes. At this point you can add some essential oils if you like. About 20-30 drops will do. I like to use a mixture of lavender, tea tree and frankincense oils in my salves as they are all really beneficial for skin.
- Carefully pour mixture into pots or jars and let cool for a few hours until they are completely solid.
- Stick a cute label on the lid and you’re done! *Download my free printable labels for this project from the “labels” section of my Free Resource Library.
How to use dandelion salve
Use dandelion salve on dry, cracked hands, feet, elbows and knees (it’s especially moisturizing and nourishing on hands after a day of gardening!).
Use on arthritic hands and stiff joints, on scrapes and rashes and as a general moisturizer or muscle rub.
Jars of homemade dandelion salve also make great gifts! I always stash few away for birthdays, Mother’s Day and Christmas gifts!)
Make sure to label them whether you’re giving them away or keeping them for yourself, because if you’re anything like me and you make other similar looking products (like this Rosemary Hair Pomade, for example), it is REALLY easy to mix up your products and forget what’s what if there’s no label. Trust me.
> To download the labels I use for this dandelion salve (plus gain access to many more downloadable labels and awesome freebies), Click Here to gain access to my Free Resource Library! <<
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Wishing you homemade, homegrown, homestead happiness:)
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