How To Make Dandelion Salve (Healing Balm Recipe)

Heather Dessinger

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Homemade Dandelion Salve Recipe

Rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, a close cousin to the famous skincare ingredient  – calendula – is gaining a reputation of its own. 

Though the therapeutic properties of dandelion are often most closely associated with roasted dandelion root tea, the entire plant is chock-full of beneficial components. 

Both dandelion flower and leaf extracts, for example, protect against UVB-related photoaging and senescence (aging at the cellular level). (1) This is likely due to the high antioxidant content, which helps counteract free radicals. 

Though dandelion-infused oil can be used directly on skin, many people prefer to thicken it into a salve that’s both portable and deeply moisturizing. The easy dandelion salve recipe below soothes skin irritations while nourishing dry skin, making it an all-purpose healing balm that’s perfect for use as a:

  • face moisturizer
  • chapped-lip balm
  • owie salve
  • bug bite balm
  • burn salve
  • diaper rash balm
  • gardening salve
  • balm for rough elbows and cracked heels

Essential Oils That Complement Dandelion

For an all-purpose healing balm, I like to use kid-safe essential oils like lavender, frankincense, chamomile and tea tree

For a relaxing muscle rub, black pepper, copiaba, and lavender essential oil are good choices, too.

Dandelion Salve Recipe - Rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, this dandelion salve works beautifully as an all-purpose healing balm for cuts, scrapes, burns, bug bites, chapped skin and more.
Homemade Dandelion Salve Recipe
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Homemade Dandelion Salve Recipe (Healing Salve)

Rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, this nourishing DIY dandelion salve works beautifully as an all-purpose healing balm for cuts, scrapes, burns, bug bites, chapped skin, sore muscles and more.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger



  • Gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water.)
  • When the beeswax is melted, add in the dandelion oil. Allow it to warm up for 30-60 seconds, then stir until the beeswax and oil are thoroughly mixed, then remove from heat and stir in essential oils if using.
  • Pour your salve into a clean, dry container or glass jar and allow to cool – I used three of these 2 ounce tins. Now you’re ready for the next bug attack, bee sting, scrape, etc.


Shelf Life: Water-based products often use preservatives (sometimes natural ones) because they are prone to mold/spoilage, but in general oil-based products don’t have the same issue. With that said, when carrier oils become oxidized (change chemical structure due to exposure to oxygen, heat, or light), they can cause skin irritation instead of soothing it. 
So when it comes to shelf life, I think in terms of how long a blend is likely to stay truly fresh. The shelf life of herb infused oils is mostly determined by the shelf life of the carrier oil that was used and storage conditions. Olive oil tends to have a shelf life of 1-2 years provided it is stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
An antioxidant such as vitamin E can be added to protect oils from early oxidation. I use 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E tocotrienols per 1 cup of oil.
With that said, if you add in essential oils the shelf life may vary more. Although they don’t mold or expire, essential oils can also oxidize. If you’re adding essential oils into your salve, I recommend using it within six months.

Safety Considerations

According to the Botanical Safety Handbook, dandelion is a Safety Class 1A herb – the safest rating possible. There are no known contraindications for pregnancy, nursing, or use with children.

As always, please check with your healthcare provider before using any herbal remedy.

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1. Yafan Yang and Shuangshuang Li (2015) Dandelion Extracts Protect Human Skin Fibroblasts from UVB Damage and Cellular Senescence

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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24 thoughts on “How To Make Dandelion Salve (Healing Balm Recipe)”

  1. Thanks for sharing this great natural salve. Dandelion is a powerful herb and combined with those essential oils, it should really be potent.

  2. Picked my dandelion heads last week, dried them for five days and infused them in avacado oil. They are now sitting in a warm double boiler. I plan an keeping the flowers in for a few days longer and then straining and combining with beeswax. Will keep you posted. Thanks for the recipe.

      • Depends on how much oil you want to make! You only need to cover the wilted dandelions with oil to infuse the oil. A few handfuls of dandelion would be enough to make 4 oz of infused oil.

  3. Heather, where do you find the e-book “Kitchen Apothecary”? I signed up for your newsletters and am receiving them but I can’t find the “e-Book.” I do enjoy your website. Thank you.

    • Hi Susan, when you sign up for my newsletter you’ll be taken to a page with an orange button that says “download guide.”

      • Oh, I missed the download guide button too. I have made several of your salves, oils and lotions from wild gathers, and other organic choices. They really work. Thank you. The Magnesium oil, and lotion set some friends and myself free from terrible night pains. Again thank you, keep up the good research.

  4. Hi Heather,
    Can Calendula be infused in by the refrigerator for four weeks?
    Would it be okay to add vitamin E to the oil?
    Thank you,

  5. 5 stars
    Made this, it came out hard as a brick so I had to add more oil. (this was probably my fault because I found it hard to weigh the oil out on my scale). Now for what you really want to know…does it work on sore muscles. Yes it does! (I added black pepper to mine). I’m doing the million step challenge for Diabetes UK. I got in 30,000+ steps today and my legs, hips and feet were howling. I rubbed the salve on it all and then I felt good enough to go up and down the stairs. (I could barely move before!) So I highly recommend making this.