The dandelions are blooming in a mighty glorious fashion here at my homestead in Montana. Our bees are loving it, gorging on the blooms, filling the air with their happy buzzing. We are loving it 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 with weeds.
Making Dandelion Oil
Harvest dandelions (from unsprayed fields / lawns) 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. A pint size jar is usually big enough but go bigger or smaller as desired just fill the container 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. Note: Dandelion 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.
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.
Shared with Wildcrafting Wednesday.
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