Dandelion salve is an easy homemade herbal remedy to make with just a few simple ingredients.
When dandelion flowers are plentiful be sure to use this dandelion salve recipe as a way to keep their external healing power at your fingertips for the entire year.
The Whole Flower Head
Use the entire dandelion flower head for this recipe. Simply cut the flower head right where the stem ends and use it for the recipe.
There’s no reason to snip just the petals off to make salve.
Do give the flower heads a quick rinse or spray to remove any dirt residue and/or bugs. Spin the flower heads through a salad spinner to remove excess water. Remember oil and water don’t mix so let the flowers get good and dry before adding them to the oil.
Start with Infused Oil
Dandelion salve starts with dandelion infused oil. For this recipe, I’ve included a quick method of heating oil and dandelion flowers together.
However, you can also make this salve with dandelion infused oil that has been made with solar method. This method takes longer but also means you make the salve later in the year if you have the infused oil on hand. If starting with infused oil, simply proceed with the recipe at the stage where you melt the oil and beeswax together.
You’ll need a double boiler to infuse the oil and to melt the beeswax. You have a couple of options for this.
Obviously, if you have a standard double boiler use that. If you don’t, though, simply place a bowl over a small saucepan and go that route. Alternatively, place a glass canning jar on top of a canning ring inside a saucepan of water – the ring keeps the glass from touching the bottom of the pot and bursting.
It’s super helpful to have a double boiler set-up that you only use for making salves. Beeswax is a bugger to remove completely so a dedicated bowl and saucepan that won’t also be used for food is quite nice and it doesn’t have to be fancy by any means, hit the thrift store.
You can truly use whatever you want to store the finished salve. Old, clean candy tins, like the ones Altoids come in work great. Small, wide mouth canning jars work wonderfully and are so easy.
One can buy metal or glass containers in a variety of sizes. It is nice to have a big tin for at home and maybe a small lip balm sized container to keep in travel bags, etc.
How to Use Dandelion Healing Salve
Dandelions have a number of medicinal benefits. Most notably the flowers are used to soothe and loosen up stiff joints and muscles.
Rub the salve into arthritic joints or sore muscles after a weekend of gardening.
The salve can also be used to rub into dry or chapped skin to soften and soothe.
Give it as gifts to friends and family. You can get my printable labels for free when you sign up for my newsletter.
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil (or other oil of choice)
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Dandelion Blossoms
- 1 Tablespoon Beeswax Pastilles
- In the bottom of a double boiler, place an inch of water and bring to a boil. Keep the water simmering.
- In the top of the double boiler, combine the dandelion flower heads and oil.
- Let the oil and dandelions sit and stay warm (but not frying) on top of the boiling water for 30 minutes.
- Strain the flowers from the oil into a clean bowl.
- Wipe out the top of the double boiler to remove any flower petals.
- Add more water to the bottom of the double boiler if necessary and keep simmering.
- Pour the strained oil back onto the top of the double boiler and add beeswax.
- Heat until the beeswax melts.
- Pour the salve into tins and let harden and cool about 1 hour before placing lids on securely.
Add more beeswax for a harder salve, less for a looser consistency.
All oils go rancid, use your salve up within 1 year.