Holistic Dandelion Salve

Back in high school, I had severe tendinitis in my knees. The doctors told me I would eventually need surgery, and it ended my high school sports career.

But my biggest worry, was the pain I had while riding.

I made it ten years before I had another flair up, and man was it awful. Knowing what I knew- I knew it wasn't bad enough for surgery, but I also knew I didn't want to be given a steroid to fix the issue. And the answer was right in front of me, and something that I was already doing, essential oils.

After digging a little, I discovered there was a power plant right in my pastures; Dandelions!

Dandelions have long been known to possess healing properties, the most commonly known for inflammation and high in antioxidants.So after the past process, and working through past healing regarding this very same issue, I decided to give it a try before heading in.

Infusing your oil

The first step is gathering the dandelions. Cut the flowers off right where the flower and the stem meet.

I only make a small batch at a time, I prefer to have fresh oils vs storing them for a year. I make my batches one mason jar at a time.

Dry the flowers for a minimum of one day to remove water from the flowers- if you don't do this your oils will grow mold. If they go to seed, no worries you can still use them, simply follow the same process below.

After your flowers are dried, place them in a mason jar, and cover them with your favorite oil. I used Olive Oil- but you could look into different oils to suit your needs. Stir the contents, and decide what method you would like to use.

Dandeloin Oil

There are a couple different ways to infuse the dandelions into the oil;

  • Leaving them in the sunlight for two to three days; then place somewhere out of the way for 4-6 weeks.
  • Boiling the jar in a double boiler system for 5-6 hours.

Once you have finished the infusing process, place the contents of the jar into a piece of cheese cloth and squeeze the oil out of the flowers into a jar.

After you have the oils removed as much as possible from the flowers, I like to run the oil through a metal sieve to remove any pieces of petals or dandelion in the oil.

You can use this oil the same as any other essential oil, or you can make it into a salve.


Once I have my oil, I create my salve.

The salve is SO easy. I make each jar as I need them, because I like fresh oils- and they are so easy!

I use a 2.5 oz jar for my salve, and I place 1 oz of dandelion oil into the jar and .75oz of coconut oil.  I place approximately 2 teaspoons of Bees Wax and place it in a double boiler.

Once the Bees Wax is melted, I add the following essential oils:

  • Frankincense | 7 drops
  • Lavender | 7 drops
  • Peppermint | 3 drops
  • Marjoram | 3 drops

It's important to not add the oils before placing them into the double boiler, because the oils could potentially evaporate away.

Every morning and every night I rub this salve on my sore joints, and let it do its work. You won't typically see an immediate response, but after a few hours, the anti-inflammatory agents in the dandelion oil will go to work, and start relieving pain caused by arthritis, tendinitis or just general joint pain.

Dandeloin Salve

Dandelion Oil For Dogs

I have a large dog, that even in his young age, has started having pains with his elbows. He gimps around like he has been hit by a car, and the vet said it was caused by his tendons & ligaments giving out on him because of his size (He does weigh 130 pounds, fit as a fiddle, but just a big breed dog)

It's important to understand and use oils that are safe for our pets, so I made a special blend that I can apply to his pain areas, to help reduce that inflammation and give him an extra line of defense against the pain, and to supplement his joint supplements and medications from his veterinarian.


In a separate container, I mixed together a similar salve, I just change up the oils I use in the salve.

Once the Bees Wax is melted, I add the following essential oils:

  • Tumerec | 3 drops
  • Frankincense | 7 drops
  • Lavender | 7 drops
  • Marjoram | 3 drops
  • extra Coconut Oil to have a more liquid consistency for easy application on the dog's fur.

It's important to note- I don't add Peppermint oil to my dog's salve. Peppermint oil can be toxic to dogs and cats, so it's important to understand what oils you can and can't use on your pets.

A good rule of thumb is to let the animal smell the oil before you place it on them. Dilute the oil using coconut oil, then allow the animal to smell your hands. If they turn away from you, do not use the oil on the animal. But if they act interested in the smell and accept you being near them with it, feel free to use it on them; using common sense and research to know what oils to absolutely not use.

The salve has helped my dog, as well as myself with joint pain, plus it makes my skin feel so soft!

You can chose to not place essential oils in this salve, and the total cost ran me around $3 per jar.


Store your oil in a cool area away from direct sunlight.


Victoria Dellapaolera
Victoria Dellapaolera

Victoria is a Christian minister practicing spiritual healing and development in Williston, North Dakota. Victoria has worked with horses her entire life, and has learned many of her healing techniques from the horses.

She graduated from West Virginia University in 2020 Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Human Services and Sports and Exercise Psychology; gaining her associates degree in Farm and Ranch Management and Equitation from Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana in 2012.

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