Once known as "fairy clocks" because of the way their flowers open and close from day to night, the dandelion has been used for centuries as a healing plant. It was only until recently that we forgot the amazing power of this plant and consider it a common weed in our turf grass lawns, where to hope to make a pristine appearance. The more I learn about plants, the less I am beginning to understand the obsession that is having a perfectly green lawn. With the amazing capabilities that both dandelions and clover hold, two native plants that grow in our yard, I am constantly trying to pick these flowers before the mower takes them from me! Dandelions are extremely resilient flowers, growing just about anywhere and everywhere. They're the type of flower that you'll see poking up through the crack in the sidewalk of a major city. Too sadly have we forgotten that these bright and happy yellow blooms can be used to help purify the blood and heal the immune system.
You can use dandelions to improve bone health, treat liver disorders. control diabetes, treat urinary infections, treat jaundice, prevent gall bladder disorders, ease constipation, regulate blood pressure, and heal itches, scrapes, ringworm, eczema, and other hormonal issues. It's great for treating acne due to its stimulant, diuretic, and detoxifying properties. It also contains a high amount of vitamin c, which can help heal and reduce the appearance of scars.
Today I am sharing an easy salve recipe which uses dandelion infused oil. If you have never made an infused oil before, there are two ways this can be done. The long way is by covering either dried dandelion flowers or root in a liquid carrier oil and letting it sit for several weeks. You can learn more about this process in my blog post about infusing oils! Or you can heat them over the stove in oil for about 20-30 minutes.
Ingredients + Recipe |
- 16 oz dandelion infused oil
- 2 oz coconut oil
- 2 oz beeswax
- 20 drops essential oil for scent
- In a makeshift double boiler of an old saucepan inside of a soup pot filled with water, heat the dandelion infused oil over medium heat. Stir in the coconut oil and beeswax until melted and thoroughly mixed.
- Remove from heat and drop in your essential oils of choice. A good pairing might be lavender or roman chamomile for a calming effect.
- Pour the salve into a glass jar or small tin with an air tight seal. This recipe can fill about three to four 4 ounce tins.
- Allow to cool and solidify. Use as needed!
I am really excited to use this salve and see how it adds up against my healing salve blend! It will be a good one to reach for when there are scraped knees and elbows. I will also probably begin experimenting with using it as a spot treatment for acne. What have you used dandelions for? It will be fun to pick these again in the spring! I used my own saved dandelion root, which you can purchase in our online herbal apothecary, to make the infused oil for this recipe as well as some dried flowers and leaves from the yard. Happy foraging!