Rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids, this cousin to the famous skincare ingredient – calendula – is gaining a reputation of its own. According to this study, both dandelion flower and leaf extracts protect against UVB-related photoaging and senescence (aging at the cellular level).
Dandelion-infused oil soothes skin irritations and nourishes dry skin, making this all-purpose healing salve perfect for use as a:
Gently heat the beeswax in a double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water.) When the beeswax is melted, add in the dandelion oil. Allow it to warm up for 30-60 seconds, then stir until the beeswax and oil are thoroughly mixed, then remove from heat and stir in essential oils if using.
Pour your salve into a clean, dry container and allow to cool – I used three of these 2 ounce tins. Now you’re ready for the next bug attack, bee sting, scrape, etc.
According to the Botanical Safety Handbook, dandelion is a Safety Class 1A herb – the safest rating possible. There are no known contraindications for pregnancy, nursing, or use with children.
As always, please check with your healthcare provider before using any herbal remedy.
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