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How To Make Dandelion Salve

HOW TO FORAGE AND MAKE DANDELION SALVE FOR DRY CHAPPED SKIN AND MUSCLE SORENESS. IT’S THE PERFECT GIFT TO GIVE AND SPING IS WHEN NATURE IS PROVIDING ALL THOSE DANDELION FLOWERS!

How to make dandelion salve

Here in my neck of the woods it’s time to gather those dandelions for making Dandelion Salve. If you spray your yard with chemicals you wont want to try this. You need an organic source for picking.

Dandelion Salve

I live in the country where no one sprays, we don’t have beautiful weed free yards, but we do have plenty of dandelion’s growing. Our yard is dotted with thousands of yellow flowers a true reminder it’s spring.

Dandelion Salve

I can sit in any area of our yard and pick to gather up enough dandelions to make a couple of batches before I have to move. I pick just the yellow tops, layer them in my gather basket and let them dry for 2 days in the sun on my front porch. Each batch needs about 2 cups of dried flower heads so take that into consideration when picking. 4 cups fresh dried down to about 2 cups. It doesn’t have to be exact just eyeball it.

Dandelion Salve Recipe

Now’s the perfect time to be using this healing salve with everyone washing their hands continually. It’s fantastic on dry chapped skin and sore muscles.  It’s also the perfect gift for your friends with gardening hands.

How To Make Dandelion Salve
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DANDELION SALVE
Healing salve for chapped skin and muscle soreness.
Dandelion Salve
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 7-10 days
Servings
small jars
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 7-10 days
Servings
small jars
Ingredients
Dandelion Salve
Recipe Notes
  1. Pick 4 C. dandelion flowers and let them dry in the sun for 2 days. This will give you about 2 C dried (you can read how I do it in the post above).
  2. After the flowers have dried pack them into a quart sized Mason jar with a seal and cover them (fill the jar leaving 1” head space) with a carrier oil of your choice, my go too is avocado oil but you can use olive oil or coconut oil (melted). Add the lid and let sit in a dark cool area for 7-10 days. Make sure and keep an eye on the mixture you don’t want it to mold so be mindful on not leaving it longer than the 10 day.
  3. Strain out the flowers (over a clean jar) with a fine mesh sieve and use cheesecloth to squeeze out the remaining oil.
  4. Next use a double boiler (on low heat) and add the dandelion infused oil, Shea butter, and beeswax pellets to the pot (remember to add 1” of water to the bottom pot of the double boiler).
  5. When everything is melted remove from heat and add essential oils if you wish. Pour into smaller containers, let the mixture firm up and completely cool down, and then add the lid and store for future use.

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Wednesday May 6: It was a crazy day around here today as I put it a real chicken shit show. I had 3 meat chickens escape the coop, 2 laying hens in with the meat chickens gobbling up all their food, the coop door blew shut with one hen trapped outside running circles around the coop and the rest inside clucking away calling for their friend. I asked hubby if it was going to be a  full moon because it sure was a strange day. I got bike out for a ride and it had a flat tire so hubby pumped it up and DIL and I rode 6 miles. Then back home to make a new dinner recipe from pinterest and it was wonderful, here’s the link if you’d like to try it: Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes Skillet

Thursday May 7: I have no idea what I did because I forgot to write it down, LOL.

Friday May 8: It was crazy day around here, hubby and I hopped in the truck headed to the feed store to pick up chicken feed when I got a call from our local post office. They said a batch of 25 meat chickens had been delivered to Michigan but supposed to go to Kentucky and they couldn’t send them back so they wanted to know if I wanted them. I said YES for sure and I’ll be there soon. This is one of our small town living things; everyone knows your business and they know who raises chickens. So I got myself a free batch of chickens, (I do feel sorry for the person who was supposed to get them but didn’t though). The chickens would never have made the trip to be re-shipped. Once they come by mail the need food and water immediately and I fear if they’d tried to ship them again they’d have dead chickens to deliver. So hubby and I scrambled around and got feed and more bedding quickly and ran home to set up for more chickens. Right now there’s 25 meat chickens in the coop and my DIL’s 13 laying hens. Let’s just say it’s a crowed place right now. I didn’t have room to walk if I put the new meat birds in the coop so they are in my basement right now in a kids plastic swimming pool waiting to be moved in the coop. I have about 3 more weeks before the first batch of meat chickens go to the butcher so hopefully I can keep this next batch in the basement until then. I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen, they grow to fast and will outgrow their pool. It looks like my son will have to get their coop closed in so the hens can be relocated. I was a tired girl when my head hit the pillow last night.

Saturday May 8: It frosted last night was a chilly morning when I went out to open the coop and let the hens out. If I can tolerate the cold I’m going to work in the garden for a bit. I do have 3 loads of laundry on the line that I’m sure will take all day to dry with the current temps. Hubby and I decided to get takeout for dinner tonight. It’s the first time since the pandemic. Things here in Michigan are still drive through only so the only choices are fast food. Wouldn’t you know it he wanted Kentucky Fried Chicken and I wanted Wendys. After waiting in the drive through for over an hour combined we finally had something to eat. Wow I won’t be doing that again any time soon.

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5 Comments

  1. I get dandelions, but not enough for the salve.

    But, my cousin loves to make salves and I know she will have dandelions because she lives out in the country. I’m going to share this with her.

    1. Carol, darn I wish I would have thought in time and I could have sent you a batch. If you’d like some for next year remind me in the spring.

  2. Yesterday I gathered about four cups of dandelions, 2 cups violets, c and 4 cups purple dead nettles. I will make salves and massaging oils for home, and my shop.

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