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DIY Dandelion Salve for Sore Muscles and Joints

Dandelion plant


According to my Mother, those little yellow flowers that popped up in her yard every spring, were a nuisance and something to be (*gasp*) sprayed immediately before they multiplied.

My Grandmother on the other hand, loved them.  She used them in her “potions”. She tried to tell Mother how useful they were, but she wouldn’t listen… but I did.  Granny was Indian… the feather kind, and she “knew things”.

If you do a little research, you’ll find that Dandelions are loaded with vitamins and minerals… and also have potential health benefits:

  • Soothing skin irritations
  • Easing pain of sore muscles and arthritis
  • Supporting liver & kidney function
  • Providing anti-inflammatory properties

Since I’ve had a yard full of dandelions the last few weeks, I made a batch of Granny’s “sore muscle and joint” salve. It was something that was always in her bag.

I’m not sure what kind of oil she used, (probably lard or tallow) but I used olive oil.  You could even use coconut oil I’m sure.

DIY Dandelion Salve For Sore Muscles and Joints

Granny’s Dandelion Salve Recipe For Sore Muscles

  • 1 cup dandelion flowers (use flowers that have NOT been sprayed with pesticides)
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil (or coconut oil)

Spread the dandelions flowers out on paper towel and let them dry overnight.

Spread the dandelions flowers out to dry overnight.

Put the wilted flowers and olive oil in a double boiler*, over a low heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 hours.

Strain the oil into a jar and set aside.

Strain dandelion oil into a clean jar.

In a double boiler*, add 1/2 cup of the dandelion oil and 2 tablespoons beeswax pellets.    

Mix dandelion oil and beeswax

Using a low heat, stir the mixture until the beeswax is completely melted.  Remove from the heat, and let mixture cool for several minutes.

Add 10 drops lavender essential oil and 10 drops peppermint essential oil and stir well.

Pour the dandelion salve into small glass jars or tins, and allow to set for several hours.

Pour the mixture into a jar and let it set for a few hours.

*If you don’t have a double boiler, place an oven-safe bowl or cup in a small saucepan filled with water, and melt the beeswax/oil mixture in the bowl or cup.

Once your salve has cooled… enjoy.


Store in a cool, dry place and rub onto joints and muscles as often as needed.

Be sure to let me know how this dandelion salve helps your aches and pains.

This Post Has 13 Comments
  1. Love this idea. My kids are always bringing me lots of the flowers, so now I can encourage them to go pick more. lol. Definitely going to try it.

  2. I can’t wait to try this. I love dandelions. My kids love dandelion tea and my husband and I both like dandelion wine. Guess we need to pick more dandelions. Great recipe. Thanks.

  3. I’ve made this and used it for over a year for my arthritis in my knees and I don’t have to wear a knee braces any more. I gave my sister some to use on her feet. My Mom has arthritis in her hands and says she no longer has any stiffness and seldom any pain. It may or may not work for your family, but it sure as heck works for mine.

  4. Can you infuse the dandelions in coconut oil? Since it hardens just below room temperature, you wouldn’t need the beeswax at all?

    1. Certainly, it would just be a little softer… more like lotion.

  5. I noticed the recipe calls for olive oil or apricot or almond. I have organic EVOO on hand, I assume it will work ok?

  6. I’m curious how much benefit you would get from just the dandelion flowers. Adding the oil will obviously do the job. I love the yellow color and started an oil infusion a couple of days ago. Excited to see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hey Cheryl, love your blog. I make my own body butter and squeeze a capsule of vitamin E oil in it as a preservative. Mine’s never gone bad, but it’s usually used up in about 3 months.

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