DIY Dandelion Salve for Sore Muscles and Joints
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR…
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.
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.
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.
Using a low heat, stir the mixture until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from the heat, and let mixture cool for several minutes.
Pour the dandelion salve into small glass jars or tins, and allow to set for several 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.