Dandelion Flower Salve

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Ah…making dandelion flower salve. There’s something so peaceful about coming out into my yard and picking dandelions with the chickens helping me. When I was gathering dandelions for this recipe, it had rained the night before, so it was absolutely beautiful outdoors.

How to Pick Dandelions for Dandelion Oil

For this recipe, I picked 4 cups for a big batch. A single batch requires 1 cup of dandelion flowers.

Pick just the dandelion heads (not the whole stem). You don’t have to pull all of the petals out like if you were making dandelion jelly. Instead, just pluck the dandelion heads and put them into your container. Gently pack down the dandelions in your glass measuring container a bit, so you have a full cup.

Picking a bowl of dandelion flower heads from the field.
Sharon picking dandelions with the chickens pecking around the ground nearby.
The hens came to see
what I was doing.
A layer of dandelions on a tray.

After that, spread them out on a tray inside the house. This lets them them dry out. I left mine on the tray all that day and then overnight. The flowers will wither and close up. That is ok. You will be adding them to oil in the next step and that oil soaks right through. The closed blossoms are no problem.

First, make dandelion oil.

Collect dandelion flower heads and combine with olive oil. The ratio will be approximately 1 cup blossoms to 1 1/2 cups oil. (you can also use a different oil of your choice.)

There are two ways to proceed from here.

  1. allow the blossoms to soak in oil for several days to a week
  2. simmer the blossoms in oil

I saw many people who simply allowed the blossoms and oil to soak in the oil. However I also saw that some had issues with the moisture in the flowers causing mold and spoilage. The flowers do dry but they are not exactly dehydrated fully.

Sooo…. I opted not to do this. I went for the simmering option below, which is quicker anyway!

Making your dandelion oil by simmering.

Dandelions and oil cooking in the Crockpot.

Bring the oil and blossoms to a simmer in a large pot for 2-3 hours. Strain out dandelions.

(Hint: I used my crockpot!)

Put the oil and blossoms in the crockpot on high. When it has fully heated up, turn to low and let simmer 2-3 hours. I had the lid on while it was heating up, but then took it off for the simmering time. My crockpot kept it at a nice, low simmer. You’ll need to watch yours as pots differ.

This simmer method is quicker and any moisture is not a problem.

Straining the infused oil through a coffee filter.
Canning jars filled with dandelion infused oil.

Strain out the flowers. I used a metal mesh strainer and then put it through a coffee filter, but this was rather slow. Next time I will use cheesecloth, and I recommend you do too!

Allow to cool, and then store in a cool, dark place. Mine went into 2 quart jars in my pantry.

Make the Dandelion Salve Recipe

Holding a bottle of essential oils with beeswax pastiles and oil on the countertop behind.
Melting beeswax.
Pouring dandelion salve liquid into a jar.


  • 1/2 cup dandelion oil
  • 2 T beeswax pellets (“pastilles” is what my package says)
  • 10 drops essential oil (This is optional, and you can choose the oil you prefer. I chose peppermint as it is good for muscles.)


Heat the oil and beeswax in a double boiler until melted. Allow to cool slightly (about 4-5 minutes), then add essential oils. Pour into small jar and allow to cool.

Use this dandelion flower salve on sore muscles. The bonus is your hands will be super smooth too!

Picking a bowl of dandelion flower heads from the field.
5 from 2 votes

How To Make Homemade Salve

How to make homemade salve with oil and beeswax. Essential oils optional.
Prep Time1 day
Total Time1 day
Course: Cosmetics
Cuisine: American



To make dandelion oil.

  • 1 cup Dandelion Blossoms
  • 1 ½ cups Oil of choice, I used olive oil

To make salve from oils.

  • ½ cup Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Beeswax Pellets
  • 10-15 drops Essential Oils your choice, I like peppermint


To make infused dandelion oil.

  • Collect clean dry dandelion flower heads, allow to air dry overnight.
  • Add oil and blossoms into a small crockpot. Or a double boiler.
  • Bring to a simmer and heat for 2-3 hours.
  • Strain out dandelions and store oil in a container. Ready to make your salve.

To make salve from your oil.

  • Heat the infused oil and beeswax in a double boiler until melted.
  • Allow this mixture to cool slightly (about 4-5 minutes)
  • Add essential oils. Approximately 10-15 drops. This is optional.
  • Pour into small jar or container and allow to cool.

Dandelion Salve FAQs

How long does dandelion salve keep?

For salves like this one, if you use essential oils, those can act as natural preservatives (and some people use vitamin E too). You could also store this in the refrigerator to extend its life. But yes, I would agree that it probably depends on the shelf life of the oil you’re using, as well as how old the oil was when you made the salve.

So what is dandelion salve good for??

Use this dandelion flower salve on sore muscles. The bonus is your hands will be super smooth too!

Rub it on sore muscles, and in dry skin. Make those heels soft and smooth again. I often rub it on my shoulder that decides to ache on some days. It seems to work!

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