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.
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.
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.