Large areas of bright yellow flowers dot many yards and roadsides in late Spring and Summer. They are considered a weed by many homeowners wishing for a beautiful lawn. However, these weeds actually have many beneficial properties. They are a favorite of natural herbalists everywhere. Put them to good use and learn how to make dandelion salve.
Simple Healing Dandelion Salve
Without the backing of large companies, the old ways of making healing remedies tend to be forgotten over time. One of the most useful plants in herbal remedies is the common dandelion.
Despite the lack of a large amount of scientific proof, people do believe that dandelion salve can aid in providing some relief for many issues.
Some have shown the possible benefits of consuming dandelion. In fact, all parts of the plant including leaves, flowers, stems and roots are used in herbal medicine. They may help promote better liver and kidney function.
Benefits of Dandelions
However, they can rather take over the lawn. Therefore, they suffer from being unwanted in most locations. This is because we don’t always understand the wonderful ways to use them.
One of the best features of this dandelion salve recipe is it’s simplicity. With a few inexpensive ingredients and a little patience – you will find the salve making process is very easy.
You only need a few items to make your dandelion salve.
- oil infused with dandelion essence (flowers and olive oil)
- coconut oil
- essential oils of choice (optional)
Dandelion Infused Oil
One of the most common ways to use the flowers is to make infused dandelion oil. Once the oil is infused with all the goodness of the flowers, it can be use in many home remedies and for natural healing salves.
Infused Dandelion oil is often used in massage. Also, 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.
The best news, making infused dandelion oil is super easy. You simply gather flowers, and submerge them in a container of oil for a specified time – or at a specific temperature. The warm oil draws out some of the flower oils and herbal properties.
So, before we make our dandelion salve or balm, we need to make our infused oil. There are two ways to use flowers to make infused oil. The slow way and the faster way – both work.
How to Infuse Oil with Dandelions
- Gather open fresh 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.
- Spread the dandelion flower heads out in a single layer on a paper towel for a day or two to dry out a bit. This step is important to reduce the water content. If the flowers are still very moist, they might mold during infusion. However, just a day or two should removed an excess moisture.
- Slow Method – Put flowers back into the jar and add enough olive 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.)
- 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. A few inches of water in the bottom section of the double boiler provides gentle heat. Let mixture simmer for a 30 minute then leave flowers in oil to cool. Stir gently.
- For either approach- use a strainer to strain out the oil from flower parts – into a clean glass jar. Seal with a lid. This is the same method used for my plantain salve recipe.
How to Use Dandelion Salve
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 – and what is not!
What is dandelion salve good for? There are several was you can use it. Apply a light coat of your homemade salve to chapped lips, itchy skin, arthritic joint aches, sprained ankles etc.
Use on dry knees and elbows when the skin feels rough. It also soothes cracked heels (though I do prefer my beeswax cracked heel balm for that purpose.)
How long will dandelion salve last? Oils that have been infused with dandelion blossoms have 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.
Now that you see how easy it is, maybe you want to expand your stock of homemade salves? Try making some Calendula salve. It is a great remedy for rashes and scrapes.
Another salve I like to keep on hand is my Honey and aloe burn salve. It is wonderful for soothing the skin of minor burns.
If you plan to be outside a lot during the warm months, this natural bug bite relief stick recipe uses beeswax and essential oils to aid relief.
Creating your own salves with herbs are a fun way to use beeswax. This natural wax from bees has many beneficial qualities of it’s own merit and can be used for so many things,
DIY Dandelion Salve Recipe
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- Melt beeswax. Because beeswax is a firm, begin by melting your wax. Yes, you can use a microwave but if you do. Melt in small time increments and do not overheat.The safest way is to melt beeswax with a double boiler. I love my little insert for wax melting. Beeswax pellets are okay to use if you do not have access to raw wax.
- Add the infused dandelion oil (directions to make in post) 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.
- Add essential oils. Remove ingredients 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.
- 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.
- Cool 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.
- 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.
*As with any product, allergies do exist. These instructions are provided for entertainment only, consult your physician for guidance on using homemade products. I am not a medical professional. The information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.