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Making and Using Dandelion Oil

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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.

Field of dandelions with jar of dandelion blossoms in oil.

Harvesting Dandelions

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.

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 – 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.

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.

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.

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Natalie Kingsley

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Can this oil be used to cook with?

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 16th of January 2021

No.

Sally E. Goff

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

My Mother always picked the first dandelions that came up and boiled them,poured off water, fried them in a small amount of bacon grease. we put little vinegar on them at the table,very good. Mom said was good for cleaning the system out.

Laura

Thursday 21st of May 2020

My grandfather made dandelion wine. Not toxic!

Eva

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Help! I filled 2 jars with dandelions (slightly wilted). 1 had less flowerS, the second one was full. After around 3 weeks the first smells of olive oil (that’s what i used) but the second one smells somewhat between floral and sour, no oil smell whatsoever..no mold growing. Did it go rancid or just really really infused?

Laurel

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

What if you heat the oil? Although I'm going to profess ignorance as to how hot it would have to kill botulism. Or, could you just heat the oil right off the bat to infuse the flavors and short cut the whole process? I've done this with calendula and jewelweed oils.

Kathie Lapcevic

Friday 22nd of May 2020

You would have to boil it for 20 minutes to kill botulism. https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/HYG-5567-11

Anna

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Hi Kathie, thanks for this recipe. Definitely sounds easy enough to make and from what I read, it works. Love herbal recipes! Thanks again!

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