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Discovering Natural Relief: Dandelion Salve for Aches and Pains

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

During a Christmas gathering, a relative approached me seeking alternatives to medication for her arthritis pain. As someone who has taken an interest in the properties of plants, essential oils, and nature, I have explored various remedies. While I am not a doctor and make no claims of healing ailments, I have found some relief from minor aches and pains through the use of dandelion salve. In this blog post, I will share the process of infusing olive oil with dandelions and creating a soothing dandelion salve. Please note that this is an informational guide and should not replace professional medical advice.

Infusing Olive Oil with Dandelions: To begin, gather fresh, untreated dandelion flowers when they are vibrant and yellow (not when they are fading). Rinse the flowers thoroughly and use a salad spinner to remove excess moisture. Next, spread the dandelion flowers on racks and dry them in a dehydrator set to 95 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 24 hours. Keep in mind that it takes a significant number of flowers to create a jar of dandelion oil. Once you have enough dried dandelions to fill a jar about three-quarters full, fill the remaining space with olive oil. Screw the lid tightly and allow it to sit for at least 6 weeks, turning the jar over daily for the first 3 weeks and then every other day for the following 3 weeks.

Creating Dandelion Salve: After the infusion period, strain the mixture through a fine strainer lined with cheesecloth. Allow the oil to drain through, then tighten and squeeze the cheesecloth with the remaining flowers to release any remaining oil. Set the oil aside for making salve or soap.

To create the dandelion salve, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dandelion-infused oil

  • 1 oz of beeswax

  • 1 oz of coconut oil

Using a double boiler or a crockpot set to low to medium heat, combine the dandelion-infused oil, beeswax, and coconut oil. Heat the mixture until all the beeswax has melted, stirring occasionally. Once melted, carefully pour the mixture into small mason jars and screw the lids tightly. Allow the salve to cool and solidify before using or gifting it to friends and family. The shelf life of the salve is approximately one year, although it often gets used up well before then.

While I cannot make any medical claims, I have found personal relief from minor aches and pains through the use of dandelion salve. By infusing olive oil with dried dandelions and creating a soothing salve, I have experienced the benefits of this natural remedy. It is important to consult a healthcare professional for proper guidance and to ensure compatibility with individual circumstances. Dandelion salve offers a potential alternative for those seeking natural options, and its creation can be a rewarding and fulfilling process. Remember to always prioritize your health and seek professional advice when needed.

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