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…
In a double boiler, over medium low heat, combine 1/4 ounce beeswax and 1 and 3/4 ounces of 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.
Allow to cool and slightly harden – then it is ready to use!
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.
What do you use to sooth sore muscles, naturally? Share with us!