Rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, a close cousin to the famous skincare ingredient – calendula – is gaining a reputation of its own.
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
Homemade Dandelion Salve Recipe (Healing Salve)
- 4 ounces dandelion oil (By weight)
- ½ ounce organic beeswax pellets (By weight. About 2 tablespoons)
- 25-50 drops essential oil, optional (As mentioned above, lavender, frankincense, chamomile and tea tree are good choices for an all-purpose healing balm, and black pepper, copiaba, and lavender essential oil are good choices for a relaxing muscle rub)
- 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.
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