Dandelion Lavender Salve

May 16, 2016

Dandelions have so many benefits and most people consider them a nuisance weed, dousing them with chemicals and digging them up. Why not make use of them! I made myself a salve to use as a moisturizer for dry skin and Keratosis Pilaris (bumps on the back of your upper arm) to soothe imperfections, to relieve occasional muscle aches and pains AND it can be used as on skin irritations

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To make my Dandelion Lavender Salve

  1. I picked some dandelion flowers from a pesticide free lawn with the kidlets.
  2. I spread my dandelions on some parchment paper and left them outside in the sun to dehydrate. I chose parchment paper because it is white and would reflect the sunshine, but foil would work too. We want to remove the extra water in the flowers and this day happened to be hot and sunny. You could also place them on a cookie sheet and bake them at a really low temperature, I'd say 200F for about an hour, or in an actual dehydrator.
  3. Next, place the flowers into a jar and fill with olive oil. There are two methods of infusion. One is slow-infusion where I leave my jar in a sunny spot for two weeks. The other is quick where you place your open jar of dandelion oil inside a pot of warm water with the lid off, heating the water on low medium heat for an hour to infuse the oil. I chose wanted to choose slow infusion because I didn't have the rest of the ingredients to finish my balm and creating this completely off grid, would have been kind of rewarding... But! I found some local beeswax and because I have dry skin from an old sunburn, I am eager to use to try it, so I went with the path of least waiting!
  4. After two or three weeks of slow infusion or an hour on the stove, strain your dandelion infused oil and discard the flowers. I really squeezed it with the back of my tablespoon to get all the medicinal goodness out!

Add 1 cup of oil with 4 tablespoons of beeswax pellets or shavings and melt together over low heat. Let cool for 10 minutes then add 15 drops of lavender essential oil. You can get quality essential oils here. The jar held 2 cups of oil, so I doubled this and have plenty to use throughout the year and to give away! {#trademethursdays anyone?} Pour into resealable containers to set! There you have it! And it works well too, like a nicer A535 or Lakota.. Once it has set, rub on your aches and pains, dry skin and abrasions!

Beeswax has an indefinite shelf life and olive oil is good for 3-4 years, so I am confident if I make a small batch each spring, I'll never have an issue with my Dandelion Lavender Salve going rancid.

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