MAKING & USING DANDELION OIL

 

It’s probably a safe assumption to say that almost all of us have dandelions in our yard.  This is one of the most common “weeds” around. Sadly, dandelions are despised by most people. However, Dandelions deserve our respect and admiration! This is an amazing plant for us. The leaves, flowers, and roots of Dandelions are loaded with nutrients and natural remedy qualities that are very good for our bodies.

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Making Dandelion Oil

Harvest dandelions in the full sun of the day when the dew has dried off. They should be fully, gloriously open and dry. Simply cut the flower heads from the plant. Gather enough to fill a jar half full.

Fill the jar to 1/4 inch of the top with olive oil (really any oil will work). Remove any air bubbles with a butter knife and make sure all the blossoms are submerged under the oil. Cover the jar with a lid and place it in a sunny window for 2 weeks. Check your oil every few days, and gently shake it to encourage the flowers to release their benefits.

If you want a speedier process, you can heat the oil in a jar on the stove. Put a small pot on the stove with a few inches of water in the bottom. Then sit the glass jar of oil and flower heads in the pan and turn it on medium. Once the water heats up but not boiling, turn it off and let the jar sit in the pan of water until it cools off.

At the end of the two weeks, strain the blossoms from the oil. Compost your flowers and the infused oil is now ready to use!  Store the oil in a clean jar. The dandelion oil is now ready for use. 

Note: Dandelion can mold if left for much longer than 2 weeks in the oil.

All oil can go rancid, so please use this dandelion oil up within a year.

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Using Dandelion Oil

It makes a wonderful massage oil for stiff joints or tired muscles. It helps soothe dry skin too. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to scent the oil, if desired.

Use it as a base oil for sore muscle ointments and creams.

Instead of plain oils, use the infused oil, as a skin soothing base for homemade body balm.

Dandelions are an amazing resource from nature, be sure to take advantage of a few to keep the body running well later.

 

You can go a step further and make dandelion salve

After the oil is strained it’s time to make the salve.

Melt 2 ounces of beeswax inside a glass measuring cup that is sitting in a pan of boiling water.

When the beeswax melts add the dandelion infused oil.

Before adding the beeswax/dandelion oil mixture to a jar, you can add about 20 drops of lavender essential oil (any essential oil).

When the salve cools it’s ready to use.

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Carrot Cake

The Fate of Carrot Cake is Never Fair..

All is fair? Not when it comes to the last piece of carrot cake,
That was waiting right here for me when I was finally wide awake,
Because carrot cake tastes quite yummy in the morning or at night,
And I have little willpower when it comes to this delectable delight,
So don’t even think about calling dibs on what is no longer there,
Because the fate of the last piece of yumminess will never be fair,
If you had truly wanted it then you would have woke up before me,
And just so you know it tasted quite delish with a cup of Chai tea.

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Sunflowers a perfect gardening project for children and beginners

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Do you enjoy the cheerfulness of sunflowers? Sunflowers are easy to grow, perfect for children or beginning gardeners and come in many varieties. Whether you want pint-sized plants for containers or giants for the garden, sunflowers come in a full range of colors: yellows, oranges, russets, ivory and bicolor. Sunflowers can be enjoyed by anybody with access to the sun, a piece of land big or small, or to a flower pot. They are good as cut flowers as they produce enough blooms for the table and last a long time in arrangements.

The sunflower (Helianthus annus) is a native plant of North America and was cultivated for food by native peoples for thousands of years. The seeds are also a favorite food of small mammals, and lots of people grow them to feed wildlife over the winter. Birds find them delicious, and no bird-lover’s haven should be without them.

Sunflowers are easy to grow by keeping the following points in mind:

— They need to be planted in full sun where they will not shade other plants.

— Plant them after the last frost.

— Seeds should be 1/2-inch deep and 6 inches apart in well-drained soil. (Children can easily do this with a ruler and a large spoon).

— Compost or other organic material added to the soil will help its growth.

— When the seedlings pop up, thin them to 1 1/2 feet apart or 1 foot for the dwarf varieties (except in containers, where they can be closer together).

— Water well after planting, and keep moist until seeds sprout but not too moist as sunflowers don’t like soggy feet. Once established, sunflowers are basically drought resistant.

There are several dwarf varieties that grow well in containers and would be good for children to plant and care for, including Teddy Bear, Music Box, Big Smile, Double Dandy, Elite Sun, Pacino and Patio.

Sunflowers will pop up out of the ground in about two weeks. If you notice any birds or other animals bothering the seedlings, you can tent a piece of chicken wire, a milk jug with the top and bottom cut off or something similar to protect them.

Many people harvest all of the sunflowers and don’t allow the birds to feed. A nice alternative for children is to cover some of the heads with cheesecloth or old pantyhose so the seeds can be roasted later and then leave the other flowers for the birds. A good activity for children would be to record which birds come to the plants and how many.

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