How to Make Soothing Dandelion Salve

Harness the healing properties of the dandelion and use this all-natural salve on dry skin, minor scrapes, sore muscles, and more.

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Dive into the world of natural skin care with our DIY guide to crafting your very own dandelion salve, a golden elixir made from the sun-kissed flowers of the dandelion. Revered for its astonishing array of health benefits, dandelion salve is a must-have in your wellness arsenal.

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This all-natural remedy harnesses the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of dandelion flowers, making it a perfect solution for soothing sore muscles, healing chapped skin, and even easing arthritis pain. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a curious beginner, our step-by-step dandelion salve recipe will guide you through the simple process of transforming humble dandelions into a powerful, multipurpose salve.

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Things You'll Need

  • 3-4 cups fresh dandelion flowers

  • Parchment paper

  • 14 oz. coconut oil

  • Glass jar

  • 4 Tbsp. beeswax pastilles

  • Small salve jars or containers

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

1. Make dandelion-infused oil

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Before we get to the heart of making our dandelion salve, there's an important first step: infusing coconut oil with the essence of dandelions.

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Begin by gathering 3 to 4 cups of fresh dandelion flowers. Since moisture could lead to spoilage in your salve, it's crucial to first dry the flowers. Spread them out on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray. Then, place the tray in an oven preheated to 250° F for about 20 minutes. This process helps reduce moisture, ensuring your dandelion flowers are ready to lend their properties to the coconut oil, setting the stage for your homemade salve.

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Next, grab a jar and fill it halfway with the oven-dried dandelion flowers. Carefully pour coconut oil over the flowers until the jar is full. This step will start the infusion process, where the dandelion's properties begin to blend with the coconut oil, preparing the base for your salve.

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Put the jar containing the dried dandelion flowers and coconut oil into a small saucepan with a few inches of water. Simmer it on medium/low heat for several hours.

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Strain the dandelion-infused oil into a glass bowl or jar.

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2. Make dandelion salve

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Drop 4 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles into 1/2 cup of the infused dandelion oil.

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Place the jar of infused oil and beeswax into a saucepan with a few inches of water. Slowly heat over medium heat until the beeswax pastilles are completely melted.

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Pour the melted dandelion salve into small jars or tins. Let it cool and your salve is ready to use.

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This process not only taps into the healing properties of these sunny flowers but also invites you to engage with nature in a meaningful, hands-on manner. Whether you're using it to moisturize dry skin, soothe minor scrapes, or simply enjoy its gentle fragrance, homemade dandelion salve is a wonderful reminder that, sometimes, the simplest ingredients can yield the most comforting solutions. Give it a go and you just might discover your new favorite skin care secret hidden among the weeds.

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Image Credit: Beth Huntington

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