Natural Icy-Hot: homemade muscle relief dandelion salve with panaway

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Homemade icy hot dandelion salve with panaway is a natural replacement for muscle relief creams. Learn how and why you should make it!

 A nourishing homemade dandelion salve is so simple to make! Dandelions are the most simple plants to incorporate into your natural wellness regimes and in your homemade recipes. The entire plant is safe for the entire family, and they're so easy to recognize. No special identifying courses needed, like many other plants. We can often find them right in our organic yards, which is a huge bonus because we want to make sure our salves are not made with toxic or sprayed weeds.

I love this recipe because while it gives you immediate relief like "icy hot" would, it's plant power also targets inflammation and helps target the root of the problem. It's a wonderful, simple DIY that you should have on hand at all times!

Dandelions are good for your skin

Did you know that this everyday weed is a powerful tool? Dandelions have become a beneficial part of my skincare routine. Dandelions are not only naturally good at muscle relief, but they are also amazing thanks to their ability to detoxify the skin. When the skin is clean, the pores stay clearer and the complexion has a chance to heal. I do not like makeup, and especially not during the summer. So this salve is a great way to stay moisturized with a fresh-looking complexion. This salve can be used on sore muscles, dry hands, and even as a moisturizer before bed. With the recommended essential oils added, it even has a wonderful gentle cooling sensation followed by warming - that I just love on my skin after some sun too.

Simple, organic + non toxic ingredients!

You only need a few simple ingredients for nourishing dandelion salve. One of them is dandelion oil, which you can find the recipe for here. This recipe is for a slow infusion + a solar infusion for drying - which I always do to enhance the medicinal properties of the plant. If you want to make this recipe quickly without waiting weeks for your dandelion oil to infuse, you can find a quick + heated dandelion recipe on the web. I haven't personally done it and tried it on my skin, so I can't comment on whether I recommend it or not. The other ingredients will be linked down below!

I have been doing a lot of exercises in the last few weeks and not a day goes by that my muscles aren't sore. The kind of sore that you love from knowing your building muscles! Yet, some days (particularly after leg day) I know I'm going to need some natural muscle relief. This is also extremely useful on my occasional lower pain pain. And that's exactly why I was so excited to add panaway essential oil to my dandelion salve. I also add a few drops of ginger for "warming" like you get in traditional icy hot. This is the perfect gift for your workout buddies. If you have it, try peppermint or spearmint for extra tingle! I love to add both when possible.

How does dandelion salve ease aches and pains:

The linoleic acids found in dandelion also has properties that help in relieving inflamed joints. Studies show that linoleum acid decrease inflammation and improve clinical outcomes. Using dandelions internally and externally can help reduce inflammation in the body. Drink dandelion tea, add dandelion root to your bone broth (I have a recipe here) and use this dandelion salve topically.

Study Reference

Journal Name: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases

Vol. 12 Issue 1, pp. 20-28

Study Date: Published Online: 28 Mar 2009

I also combined the power of essential oils to help combat aches and pains. Panaway essential oil by Young Living has a very familiar scent to "icy hot". I really enjoy it, it smells fresh and medicinal, but is not manufactured like some of the constituents in Icy hot.

How does panaway essential oil relieve aches and pains:

  • Offers a refreshing, stimulating aroma

  • Cools the skin after physical activity

  • Provides a cooling sensation when applied to shoulders, neck, and scalp

  • Includes the naturally occurring constituents methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumin, menthol, and eugenol

Why do I add ginger essential oil:

Ginger provides immediately warming, which adds the sensation of a warm tingle after the initial cooling from the panaway.

Why we make our own muscle relief cream

We like to make our own because our holistic home always has the ingredients on hand. We know exactly what's going into it, and this recipe not only offers immediate relief, but provides long lasting health benefits. I also love to use our dandelion because it's a magical plant that is widely available and free!

Sourcing ingredients:

Read along to find out the safest way to purchase the necessary ingredients for this recipe. With years of experience and trial and error, I am committed to leading you in the right direction. Making your own safe, synthetic free salves and recipes is life changing! Don't ever hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below to ask for substitutions or with any questions. I am happy to help. All recommended products are linked below.


Where to buy panaway essential oil:

Panaway comes in all of the essential oil premium starter kits from Young Living, so if you want to give this recipe a try and need the essentials you can read more + grab these oil here! You're always more than welcome and encouraged to contact me for more information about this kit, or purchasing the individual oil as well. With that said, this recipe works amazing wonders with any skin-loving essential oil of your choice! Peppermint is a good alternative. Lavender smells beautiful, but wont offer the same tingle and muscle ache relief. Note: While panaway essential oil IS available online from amazon, it is common that is arrives adulterated. Please do not try this recipe with essential oils from amazon.

Where to buy ginger essential oil:

Once again, I recommend using Young Living essential oils. However, ginger doesn't come in the US premium starter kit. Once a member, you can purchase it at retail price. Read here on why we use and trust Young Living for all of our essential oils.

Where to get dandelion oil:

You will have to make your own. Please note if you search for dandelion oil for purchase, you will see dandelion tincture, which is not the same as dandelion infused oil. I could not find one for purchase to share with you, so please use this nourishing homemade dandelion oil recipe to make your own. It's so simple!

Harvesting and cleaning dandelions:

photo of whole dandelions plants with roots on the table, top view

Dandelions are easily identifiable and abundant. They’re notoriously easy to harvest and simple to clean and use. The entire plant is edible from flowers, leaves, to root.

I like the harvest my dandelions from my own garden.  We’re lucky to have a garden where they grow abundantly, without fertilizer, however we also don’t have pets. Make sure you’ve located a safe space that’s free of fertilizer and that is not frequently visited by dogs. 

To harvest the entire plant from root, use a weeding fork. Angel the fork about an inch into the soil to loosen the root, and then carefully pull the entire plant from the ground. Shake free from dirt and remove any damp or slimy leaves.


Run dandelion crowns and green through water, while carefully opening their crowns to be sure you’ve removed any dirt and pests. 

If you’re using fresh dandelion root, peel the “skin” as if it were a carrot, and clean it well. Then you can slice it exactly like you would a carrot. Give it a try, it’s delicious!

How to make homemade icy hot dandelion salve with panaway

overhead image of gray concrete background with a small tin of dandelion salve, and some dandelion flowers. Two bottles of essential oils on the left of tin


Yield: 10 small tins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Homemade icy hot dandelion salve with panaway is a natural replacement for muscle relief creams. Learn how and why you should make it!


  • one cup of dandelion infused oil.
  • two tablespoons beeswax pellets
  • two tablespoons shea or coconut butter
  • 25 drops panaway essential oil + 10 drops ginger essential oil


  • Double boiler
  • Tins
  • Spoon to stir


  1. In a double boiler, heat one cup of your dandelion oil
    Add your beeswax and nourishing butter and let them melt into your oil
  2. Let cool for several minutes, but not long enough for it to start to solidify - and add your essential oils.
  3. Mix well and pour into container of choice. I used small tins and keep several for gifts.


There are no preservatives in this homemade salve, so I store mine in the refridgerator and use within one year.

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I hope you put your dandelions to good use and give panaway a try! If you do and you love it, let me know! Happy creating friends.

Other dandelion uses:

Use dandelion in recipes as it's fully edible and fully of health benefits! Or use it's roots in a broth, as it's extremely rich in inulin. Try a cup of dandelion tea or try:

HEAT + melt your OILS AND WA

  1. In a double boiler, heat one cup of your dandelion oil. Add your beeswax and nourishing butter and let them melt into your oil 



Let cool for several minutes, but not long enough for it to start to solidify - and add your essential oils. Mix well.



  1. Mix well and pour into container of choice. I used small tins and keep several for gifts.


Let solidify

Use on achy joints and muscles for instant relief!


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a bottle of panaway essential oil


PanAway® essential oil blend is a combination of Clove, Helichrysum, Peppermint, and Wintergreen, and it creates a cooling and soothing sensation when applied to fatigued muscles after physical activity. It is a must-have for every home.



Ginger essential oil is known as the “oil of empowerment.” It offers a warm, spicy aromatic experience when diffused or applied topically and may support a healthy digestive system when taken internally.


bottle of ginger essential oil


Sarah is the creator of frolic & fare, a home, recipe and garden blog filled with romanticized projects to add beauty to the everyday. 
Sarah is a sleep researcher, aromatherapist and herbalist who loves to create botanical and herbal infused recipes for simple, seasonal living.

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