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How to Make Dandelion Salve (And Use it)

Large areas of bright yellow dandelion flowers dot yards and roadsides in late Spring and Summer. They are considered a weed by many homeowners wishing for a beautiful lawn.  However, this weed actually has many beneficial properties that deserve attention. One of the easiest ways to make use of the pretty flowers is to learn how to make dandelion salve.

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Simple Dandelion Salve Recipe You Can Make at Home

No one can deny that dandelion flowers are a cheerful site.  Their bright yellow heads swaying in the breeze.  All parts of the plants including leaves, flowers, stems and roots are used in herbal medicine. 

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Scientific studies have shown the possible benefits of consuming dandelion in various forms for health.  But, one of the most common ways to use the plant is by making infused oil with the flowers. Then, you can use the oil in many ways including to make dandelion salve!

Creating your own herbal salves are also a good way to use beeswax. This natural wax from bees has many beneficial qualities and can be used for so many things,

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Benefits of Dandelion Salve

Though dandelions are one of the popular weeds that feed bees, they do suffer from being unwanted. Most people are unaware that parts of the plant are very useful. A great way to seek relief from some common complaints, Dandelion Salve can help sooth:

  • Chapped cracked skin
  • Arthritic joint pain
  • Muscle soreness

How to Make Infused Dandelion Oil

To make oil infused with dandelion, flowers are gathered and submerged in a container of oil for a specified time – or at a specific temperature. The warm oil draws out some of the oils and herbal properties in the flower.

Infused Dandelion oil is often used in massage. It is credited with having pain relieving properties and the ability to relax muscles. Yes, you may have an herbal powerhouse growing in your back yard. 

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The best news, making infused dandelion oil is super easy. Combined with beeswax and other oils we create a soothing dandelion salve.

Steps to make infused dandelion oil with flowers image.

Before we can create the salve, we need our infused oil. There are two ways to use flowers to make infused oil. The slow way and the faster way – both work.

  1. Gather open dandelion flowers from a location away from roads or chemical sprays.  Just pop off the yellow top – a pint jar full works well for me.
  2. Spread the flowers out in a single layer on a paper towel for a day or two to dry out a bit. If they flowers are still very wet, they might mold during infusion. However, just a day or two should removed an excess moisture.
  3. Slow Method – Put flowers back into the jar and add enough oil olive to just cover them when pressed lightly down- add lid. (Let jar sit in a sunny Window for a few weeks – occasionally inverting the jar.)
  4. Faster Method – After the flowers dry a day or so, add them to the top section of a small double boiler.  Add enough olive oil to just cover the flowers and set the double boiler to simmer.  Let mixture simmer for a 30 minute then leave flowers in oil to cool.
  5. For either approach- use a strainer to separate oil from flower parts – into a clean glass jar.  Seal with a lid.

Steps to Make Homemade Dandelion Salve

Infused oil, coconut oil, beeswax and essential oil for making dandelion salve image.

Materials & Supplies

  • 1 cup of dandelion infused oil
  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 2 oz (net wt) of coconut oil
  • 30 drops of essential oil (your choice – tea tree)
  • (optional) Vitamin E – few drops

Time needed: 1 hour.

A step-by-step guide for making your own DIY dandelion salve from scratch.

  1. Melt Beeswax

    Because beeswax is a firm wax, begin by melting your wax. Yes you can use a microwave but the safest way is to melt beeswax with a double boiler. I love this small insert for wax melting.

    Melting beeswax in a double boiler insert image.

  2. Add Dandelion Oil and Coconut Oil

    Add the infused dandelion oil and coconut oil to your melted beeswax. The cooler oil may make the beeswax begin to harden. If so, that’s okay – just put the pot back over the heat again for a few seconds.

    Dandelion oil and beeswax added to coconut oil in melter pot image.

  3. Adding Essential Oils

    Remove salve recipe from heat and let cool just a minute. Add 30 drops of essential oil to the mixture. I used Tea Tree Oil due to its soothing properties for skin – but you can use other varieties if you desire.

    Adding tea tree essential oil to dandelion salve image.

  4. Pour Dandelion Salve into Containers

    Immediately pour your salve recipe in to suitable containers. You can use small jelly jars, tins or any container that is heat safe and has a lid.

    Pouring salve recipe into suitable containers image.

  5. Cooling to Set

    Allow your containers of salve to cool for an hour or so. The beeswax in the recipe will cause the salve to harden. Once it does – the product is ready to use.

    Cooling tin of dandelion salve with flowers image.

  6. Don’t Forget the Label

    If your homemade dandelion salve is for home use, a simple label is sufficient. However, do be use to label it in some way or you will be sorry later.

    If you want to give some away as gifts, a cute label is essential! Here is a free printable label to get you started.

    Two containers of homemade dandelion salve with labels image.

How Long Will Homemade Dandelion Salve Last?

Oils that have been infused with dandelion flowers has a shelf life of at least a year.  Of course, the actual time will depend in part on the oils used for the base.  I use olive oil for my base and it should be good for about 1 year.

Using Dandelion Salve

Apply a light coat of your homemade salve to chapped lips, itchy skin, arthritic joint aches, sprained ankles etc.

*As with any product, allergies do exist. These instructions are provided for entertainment only, consult your physician for guidance on using homemade products.

Final Thoughts on Making Dandelion Salve with Beeswax

Making your own health and beauty produces is a great way to save money. Even more importantly, when you create them-you know what is in them!

Want to expand your stock of homemade salves? Try making some Calendula Salve often used for rashes and scrapes. Also, capture the soothing properties of aloe in my Honey and Aloe Burn Salve.

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