The dandelions are blooming here on our farm. Our bees are loving it! They are gorging on the blooms, and filling the air with their happy buzzing. We are loving them too, harvesting the flowers for medicine and food. Making and using dandelion oil is an easy way to make good, medicinal use of these yellow blooms often confused as weeds.
Harvest dandelions (from unsprayed lawns, fields or in our case the Dandelion beds) in the morning sun, when the dew has dried off. They should be fully, opened up and dry. Simply cut the flower heads from the plant. Gather enough to fill a jar half full. A pint size Mason Jar is usually big enough, but go bigger or smaller as desired, and fill the container half full.
Fill the jar to 1/4 inch of the top with olive oil or oil of your choosing (because, really any oil will work. I used Hemp Oil. 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. Note: The dandelions can mold if left for much longer than 2 weeks in the oil.
At the end of the two weeks, strain the blossoms from the oil. Store the oil in a clean jar. The dandelion oil is now ready for use.
All oil can go rancid, so please use this dandelion oil up within a year.
Straining Off The Oil From The Flowers...
Using Dandelion Oil
It makes a wonderful massage oil for stiff joints or tired muscles, and helps to soothe dry skin. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential 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. If you don’t have any in your yard, try growing some. Soon you will learn to love them as much as we do.
* None my statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, nor should anything read here replace the advice of a trained medical professional – you are responsible for your own health.