Dandelions are not just a pesky weed. They have many benefits. Learn how to make dandelion oil today and put those flowers to good use!
As early spring comes, dandelions start popping up everywhere. While some people choose to spray them to kill them, thinking of the common dandelion as just a pesky weed, these fresh flowers actually have medicinal properties and healing properties. Spend a sunny day harvesting these little yellow flowers and learn how to make dandelion oil.
There are a tremendous amount of benefits of dandelions and a dandelion oil infusion helps bring out some of these useful properties. Dandelions are detoxifying and are great for skin care.
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Items Needed for Dandelion Oil
- dandelion flower heads
- olive oil
- glass jar
- fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
When harvesting fresh dandelions to make dandelion oil, make sure the yard has not been sprayed with any chemicals.
On a sunny day, after the morning dew has dried, remove dandelion flower heads from the stem of the dandelion. You can do this with a pair of scissors or by just using your hands to “pop” them off. Beware though, your hands will turn yellow if not wearing gloves.
Harvest as many flowers of the dandelion plant that you will use. About a cup of dandelion flowers is a good amount if this is your first time making dandelion oil.
Rinse the dandelions in water to remove any insects. They will now have a high water content and need to be dried out.
After harvesting, you must dry flowers. Fresh flowers have too much moisture and can cause mold. The best way to do this is to spread the dandelion heads in a single layer on some sort of sheet. Using an old screen, a dehydrator plate, or a cooling rack for cooking are all great options.
Leave these somewhere warm to dry for the next few days. For a quick method, you can place in a dehydrator for about a day.
How to Make Dandelion Oil
After completely drying out the flowers, it is time to make your own dandelion oil. Make sure that you have completely dried dandelions, otherwise the oil could mold.
Take the wilted dandelions and place into a glass jar.
Fill the rest of the jar with olive oil, being sure to cover the flowers. If you do not like olive oil, you can substitute other oils.
Give the mixture a stir and remove any air bubbles.
Cover the jar with a cheesecloth or paper towel and use a rubber band to keep on. Place in a location that will remind you to give it a stir every few days.
After two weeks, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer. Store the dandelion-infused oil in a clean jar. Label the jar with the date and the type of oil so you won’t forget. Store in a cool, dark place.
What to do with Homemade Dandelion Oil
- Massage oil – great for stiff joints and tired, sore muscles
- Make a homemade dandelion salve
- Diaper rash cream
- Sunburn cream
- Bug bite cream
- “Owie” cream
- Face moisturizer
- Make herbal bath bombs