My yard is totally producing a bumper crop of dandelions this year. I know most of ya’ll aren’t excited to have a lawn full of what most would consider weeds, but for an herb nerd like me, it is a blessing.
There are so many things to do dandelions, you can never have too many. Check out this list that has over 20 uses for dandelions.
Today was beautiful so I decided to send the boys out to collect flowers for me. (Before they get mowed) They love picking them and quickly filled a basket. (They also ate them along the way too!)
I have a few projects in mind for the flowers, one of them is making a DIY muscle relief balm. (Wondering the difference between a salve and a balm? I found this great post that explains that difference!)
Did you know that dandelions are great at relieving sore muscles? I decided that I wanted to try making balm that added some essentials oils that we could use for aches and pains.
Many essentials oils contain anti inflammatory properties and can help relax tense muscles.
I went with three I have used in the past for muscle tension; lavender, rosemary and frankincense. However, you could use just about any oils that you would like in the same proportions of oil/wax to essential oils.
Don’t be intimidated about making a balm. I promise it is easy and doesn’t involve a lot of steps. It’s a great project for the Spring and Summer when herbs are abound.
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DIY muscle relief balm
What you will need:
- 4 ounces of dandelion infused oil*
- 1/2 ounce of beeswax
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- small tins or jars for the final product
- Put oil in clean pain and slowly heat
- Add beeswax and lightly heat until the beeswax is melted
- Remove from heat and add 10 drops of each essential oil
- Stir and pour into small jars or tins.
- Label and you are all set
*You can make your own oil by infusing dried dandelions in olive oil or another light oil.
You can easily change the amount but just keep the same proportions.
Isn’t that exciting? You totally just made your own balm. Balms make great gifts and I promise your friends and family will be very impressed. If you know anyone that does suffer from sore muscles this DIY muscle relief balm will be much welcomed to them.
Looking for more DIY natural product ideas? I have a slight obsession with them and keep a Pinterest board just for them.
Have you tried making your own salves or balms? What are some of your favorite things to put in them?