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Dandelion Salve

Make these weeds work for you during this high-pollen season!


Last week we delved deeper into the little weed that could, the dandelion. And what we discovered is just how beneficial this tiny flower and its roots really are. While the little weed flower goes mostly unnoticed until an allergy attack hits, the dandelion is actually chock-full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, and is also a strong source of iron, zinc, and potassium.


Not Just The Tea

This week we're taking the dandelion beyond the realm of tea and utilizing it in a fun new way that will help to soothe chapped and dried-out skin. Seasonal allergies are on the rise, and unfortunately, a lot of the time the effects don't stop at a runny nose and itchy eyes. If you're experiencing abnormally dry skin, due to seasonal allergies this recipe for dandelion salve might be exactly what you need!



Dandelion Salve Recipe

Before you begin, some items may help make the process go along easier. These include; Small tin containers for storing your dandelion salves, cheese cloth, and a pint-size mason jar.


Ingredients (Dandelion-Infused Oil)

  • 1 cup Wilted Dandelion Flowers

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil


*To create your dandelion-infused oil add one cup of wilted dandelion flowers to a pint-sized mason jar. Cover the flowers with melted-down coconut oil and sweet almond oil, then let this mixture set in a cool, dark place for no longer than one week.


Dandelion Salve Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Dandelion-infused oil

  • 1 oz. Shea Butter

  • 12 drops of Lavender essential oil

  • 1 oz. Beeswax


Directions:

  1. Double strain the dandelion flowers out of your dandelion oil infusion with a mesh sieve, and cheese cloth.

  2. In a double boiler add your dandelion oil and beeswax. Stir gently until the beeswax completely dissolves.

  3. Add shea butter and the lavender essential oil drops and continue to stir until the shea butter melts down.

  4. Once your mixture is completely incorporated, remove from heat, and immediately pour the salve into your tins. Let the dandelion salve set up for about 3 to 4 hours before covering and storing.


*Storing the dandelion salve in the refrigerator once tinned will extend the shelf life.



Tea Time

For this particular recipe, we've added lavender essential oil drops because of its natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. However, if lavender is not your jam, feel free to swap it out with your preferred essential oil. The possibilities are endless, and the world is your oyster!






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