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Making and Using Dandelion Oil

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Dandelion oil is an incredibly easy and oh-so-handy homemade herbal remedy to have on hand.

Dandelions are everywhere and productive little buggers. Thankfully, dandelion uses are plentiful as the flowers themselves.

Learn how to make dandelion oil with this simple method to help achy joints feel better and to soothe skin.

A jar of full of dandelion flowers submerged in olive oil sitting in the grass surrounded by blooming dandelions with text overlay stating: how to make dandelion infused oil.

Harvesting Dandelions

Harvest dandelions, from unsprayed fields and 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 stem of 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.

Infuse dandelion flowers in oil to help sore muscles and more.

Wash & Wilt the Dandelions

Dandelions are home to a number of insects. They get trampled and dirty. Give them a good wash.

Then let them wilt overnight by sitting on a towel.

Drying dandelions completely is a difficult process. Not impossible but not easy either. They tend to go to seed. So rather than dry completely, simply let them wilt overnight.

Making Dandelion Oil

In the morning, put the wilted dandelion into a jar. Then 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.  You can use a lid for the jar or simply cover the jar with a piece of cloth and a rubber band. This cloth can let some water evaporate and potentially prevent any mold formation.

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.

Strained dandelion oil in a clear bottle surrounded by containers of balms and beeswax.

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

Dandelion Oil Uses

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 homemade dandelion healing salve.

Add it to herbal bath bombs for a skin soothing soak.

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.

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Peta Nicklin

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

I have dandelions on my salad they taste great. Thanks for the tip with the oil I will try that next

Susan

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Can you add ginger root?

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 20th of May 2021

I don't see why not. I haven't tried it but I could see the benefit of the mixture.

Kandice

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Is the oil supposed to stay clear the whole time? I'm using coconut oil in mine, it's been 3 days, and the oil has a dark yellow color and looks thick and pulpy. Help?

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

The thing about coconut oil is that it will solidify based on temperature so that could be part of the problem. Do you see mold? The oil will get darker because it's getting 'dyed' from the flowers.

Karen

Monday 19th of April 2021

Can you use the dandelion buds for making salve? I am dehydrating both after a rinse and a spin in the salad spinner.

Thanks for this tutorial and for the community it has helped build! I love reading about the uses of common “weeds”.

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

I've never tried - maybe. Probably. I can't say with confidence. Most things I've read has referred to the blossoms being open...

Karen

Thursday 4th of March 2021

I have some dried dandelion tops that I saved from last year’s crop, but much of them went to seed during the drying process. I am having a hard time finding information about whether they will still work OK in an infused oil. Can you answer this for me? Thanks for the great information!

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 7th of March 2021

I have no definitive answer in any of my trusted texts / sources. That being said, I would try making a small batch and testing it out. If it works for you great, if it doesn't you're not out much for testing.

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