Dandelion Salve

Dandelion Salve

Dandelion Salve

Farming ain’t for sissies.  Or pansies.  Or weenies.


I have come to realize that I am none of these things – anymore.  I used to be, by golly.  But not any longer.


Farming has long hours, unpredictability, heartache, and pain.  But at the end of the day: IT’S WORTH EVERY SECOND OF IT….


Not to say you need to tough it out without a little help, though – Sometimes you need just a little somethin-somethin to get you through it.   No, I’m not talking about wine – although that does a darn good job at getting you through it.


I’m talking about some good ‘ol salve to rub into those sore achy muscles.


Dandelion Salve.  Yup, that old weed, dandelion.  Did you know that dandelions have natural analgesic properties?  Really.  And they’ve been hanging out in your backyard this whole time.


This past summer, my little farmsteader and I grabbed a couple baskets and headed out to the yard, dandelion hunting.  After collecting about a quart’s worth of the most perfect flowers  we could find, I allowed them to dry overnight, stuck them in a mason jar and covered the blossoms in olive oil – my VERY favorite oil to make products with.  After a few weeks, I strained the blossoms out and ended up with a highly fragrant dandelion oil.  Ready to roll, folks.


**This recipe adapted from Little Seed Farm


Dandelion Salve

In a double boiler, over medium low heat, combine 1/4 ounce beeswax and 1 and 3/4  ounces of dandelion oil.


Dandelion Salve
Beeswax and dandelion oil


Stir gently until all of the beeswax is melted.  When it is all combined, remove from heat and add fragrance (if desired) – I added 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil.  Combine well and pour into desired jar or container.


Dandelion Salve
Pour into desired containers – Mason jars all the way, baby!


Allow to cool and slightly harden – then it is ready to use!

Dandelion Salve


Apply the salve liberally to sore muscles.  Don’t be ginger, now – rub it in!  My suggestion would be to request the assistance of some other hands – like a loving husband maybe?  (Hint hint, dear)  😉  I can’t reach my shoulders very good.


Now?  Relax…..


What do you use to sooth sore muscles, naturally?  Share with us!


This post can also be seen at the Homesteader’s Barn Hop and the Homesteader’s Hop!

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26 thoughts on “Dandelion Salve

  1. Hello, I found your post through the Homestead Barn Hop. I am intrigued by this recipe and I can’t wait to try it out. Just wondering, though, where did you get dandelion oil? Thanks for the great read!

    1. Thamks for coming, Raven! I made the dandelion oil – Put fresh dandelion blossoms in a jar and cover with oil of your choice (I use olive oil) and let sit for several weeks, sealed. Then strain and use!

    1. I pinch the blossoms off the stem and discard the stem. Sorry I didn’t take a picture of that! Enjoy! Just used it today on my tight, achy neck – really did the trick!

    1. Hi Sandra! I used extra virgin olive oil, but you could probably use any preferred base oil. I made my last batch over 6 months ago, and it is still doing great (zero changes in texture or smell). 🙂

      1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a shelf life of 2 years if you are purchasing it from a reputable place that can show you when it was harvested (in other words, not from the grocery store). I always use EVOO for my herbal rubs and as long as I use it up within two years, have not had any problems.

  2. When you soak the blossoms in olive oil do you remove the yellow from the green part or use the entire blossom? Then while you wait the few weeks do you keep it at room temp or in the fridge?
    I use the yellow parts to make a lovely yellow jelly.

  3. I am going to use this simple awesome salve for my children’s herbal classes! Your recipe popped up just as I was fretting about what to do with all these dandy flowers. Thank you!

  4. Hello:) I have some small questions. How many dandelion heads per oil? I noticed u said pick about a quart full of dandelions. Do u use equal parts or can u just use a hand full of dandelions and fill a jar with oil? And I also heard from a friend that it has to be in sunlight for those 2 weeks, is that true?

    1. Hi Mandi! I filled a jar (pint or quart) about 3/4 of the way full with the blossoms, then added enough oil so that all of the blossoms were covered. I’m sure you could use a smaller amount of blossoms, but the strength of the dandelion would not be as strong. You can certainly place the jar in sunlight – it will just be ready sooner, due to the heat of the sunlight. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I’m looking forward to making this salve. I wonder if you would get more from the dandelion flowers if you heated the olive oil just a little before pouring it over the blossoms.

  6. this sounds good. our yard is full of dandelions every spring and they make me fret. but this would be a good way to go and pick their heads off. LOL.
    in the picture above it looks like you have the dandelion heads in with the beeswax or is that a picture off the dandelion heads in the oil? it is labeled as “beeswax and dandelion oil”
    thanks for the recipe, I am anxious to try it. 🙂

    1. Hi there! The picture is actually of the strained oil with the chunks of grated beeswax in it, prior to melting. 🙂

  7. I’ve seen some of these recipes (like yours best) but I let the heads sit out for about 3-5 days to wilt but the heads all closed. All the pics appear to have open blossoms. Can i still use mine ? I’m new to using dandelions and can’t wait to make some wine next year!

    1. I let mine sit out overnight (and the house was fairly warm) before I put them in the oil. Also, if you wanted to “quick-dry” them, you could gently dry them in your oven at the lowest temperature. Good luck!

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