How to make Dandelion Salve.

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In our quest to remain self-sufficient we try to learn something new every day. In some cases, it is a reminder of what we recall our parents doing or accomplishing, but it remains a lesson none the less.

With so many folks returning to a do it yourself lifestyle, there is a wealth of new information to read, review and use.  That coupled with our own desire to do it ourselves, gives us new adventures to enjoy, like making our own salve and healthcare products. Plus this is a great activity to make this summer with your youngsters, from the picking to the washing to the actual salve making, they can be of help along the way.

We have a nice crop of dandelions all around us. And while we did not plant them, it seemed like a good idea to do something with them. I had noticed a salve recipe I thought would be fun to try, and for some reason, we are noticing more of those aches and pains that some older folks speak about......

First, you will need to gather the flowers. Then snap off all of the stems, you only want the flower top. From there a quick wash in cool water. It is easy, fill a sink, drop in the flowers, swish, swish. Scoop the flower tops from the water (leaving dirt and debris behind in the water) and let drain in a colander. Spread out on a towel roll up gently and let the toweling absorb the excess water. Unroll the towel and let the flowers dry completely.

When your flowers are dry, place them into a glass jar, pack down if need be and cover with olive oil. Cap and set aside in a cool dark spot to rest for about 3 weeks. You will know the oil is ready to work with, it will be the color of the dandelions and the flowers themselves will be dark and shriveled. Pour the oil and the flowers into a mesh sieve, let drain over a large bowl or measure cup.

At this point, you may use the oil.

But which recipe? Many recipes called for more oil than I have and might ever have because one never knows how many flowers can and will be harvested. As I continued to read each recipe, the ingredients are almost identical with only small variations from recipe to recipe.

At that point, I decided to go with parts instead of standard measurements. Recipes given in parts are perfect for any amount of the main ingredient you have on hand, and for this recipe, the main ingredient is the infused oil.

Once you have decided on a recipe using parts, the only decision that remains is whether it is by parts by measure or parts by weight. The choice is yours.

Dandelion Salve
adapted from: many different recipes and a touch of folklore

2 parts infused oil
1 part coconut oil
1 part beeswax pellets
1 or 2 drops of orange or lavender oil - I did not use, the natural aroma is rather pleasant.

Gently heat the infused oil, coconut oil and beeswax over very hot (but not boiling) water, a pyrex measuring cup works well to sit in the pan of water.

NOTE:  The wax pellets will be the last ingredient to melt.

When the wax has melted, remove from heat, let cool slightly, add scented oil if using. Pour into a storage jar, let cool completely. Label and use.

In our household, this salve is used for sore muscles, dry skin, etc. Plus it is great for dry feet and the prevention of athlete's foot itch, and yes that applies to the ladies also!


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  1. What a great idea for all those dandelion's! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you will come back and visit us again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I've been planning on making some of this soon, can't wait to try it! :) Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party - I will be featuring this at tomorrow's party!


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