Making good use of what nature provides us is one of the most satisfying aspects of urban homesteading. The humble dandelion is a perfect example of the versatility available to us. It is an amazing source of nourishment, first aid and skin care all wrapped up into one bright yellow package.
Dandelion moisturizer, or salve if you prefer, if a great, natural product that soothes raw, dry chapped hands, and at the same time provides a mild analgesic effect to ease sore, achy muscles after a long day in the garden.
This versatile salve is easy to make, with just a few ingredients.
The recipe below will make 2 small jars of moisturizer. Measurements are by weight.
6oz. dandelion oil
See recipe for dandelion oil here:
2 oz pure beeswax
essential oil of lavender, or essential oil od your choice
Clean jars with lids
Melt beeswax in double boiler. NEVER heat beeswax directly over burner. Beeswax is quite flammable and may ignite (think beeswax candle).
Once wax is completely melted, add dandelion oil. When you do, it's going to turn into a gloppy, gooey looking disaster. Something like this:
Once you've achieved an even, blended mixture, add 20 drops of lavender (or other essential oil of your choice).
Stir in essential oil.
Remove from heat and pour quickly into clean jars.
Place lids on jars.
Recipe can be halved or multiplied, just retain the same ratios.
3 parts oil to one part wax to 10 drops of essential oil
If you find the moisturizer too stiff, add a little more oil next time. Conversely, if it's too soft, add wax.
You may find this salve a little strange to use at first. It can leave a very mild tingling feeling on your skin. This is the analgesic effect of the dandelion oil at work.