DIY muscle relief balm

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.

Easy DIY muscle relief balm using dandelions & essential oils for muscle tension. Perfect on those overworked & stressed muscles without using chemicals.

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.

Easy DIY muscle relief balm using dandelions & essential oils for muscle tension. Perfect on those overworked & stressed muscles without using chemicals.

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:

How to:

  • 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.

Easy DIY muscle soothing relief using dandelions & essential oils for muscle tension. Perfect on those overworked & stressed muscles without using chemicals.

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? 

This post is shared at Real Food Forager for Fat Tuesdays, The Entwife’s Journal for Wild Crafting Wednesdays, The Pistachio Project for Simply Natural Saturdays.


*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


  1. says

    I use tree tea and lavender oils in a lip balm to help with cold sores. I’m looking forward to trying this muscle relief balm. I love your Pinterest board. Wow!

  2. says

    This is really cool! I feel horrible for saying this but I don’t remember seeing any dandy’s in my yard. I’ll have to take a peek when I get home, this looks great!

  3. says

    I am curious if this would help me. I have chronic back pain and fibromyalgia. I use topical creams like Zims which I love because it has tea tree oil in it. I had no idea dandelions could be ingested.

  4. says

    Dandelions!! I never would have thought! This looks good – I am going to pin it for later I would like to make some to have for after my races!

  5. Denise says

    Beeswax is very drying to my skin
    (sojgrens syndrome)
    Do you think coconut oil could be subsituted?
    It may need to be refrigerated to stay soild.

    • says

      I’m not sure you can find dandelion oil on it’s own but you can buy dried dandelion flowers from bulk herb stores online. I think Mountain Rose Herbs carries them. (And I had no clue you don’t get dandelions down there!!)


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