Dandelions have a tendency to be productive little buggers. Thankfully, making and using dandelion oil is a great way to put them to use in our homes. Let the bees feast on the blooms but be sure to save some for yourself this spring too.
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.
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 – they tend to go to seed. 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.
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.