Dandelions Are Not a Weed

dandelions are not a weed
image credit: Marlies Cohen

How to make dandelion oil

After coming across this information, I gave it a try.

Unfortunately, I was so involved in what I was doing that I forgot to take step by step pictures.

As this was my first try, I only used a small glass jar as I don’t know how fast I will use up the oil.

Equipment needed

  • Dandelion flowers dry, freshly picked
  • Grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 cup size glass jar with lid
  • Strainer
  • Glass bottle

Preparation

Make sure you pick from an area that has not been fertilized.
Wait for a sunny day. Make sure the dew has evaporated. Cut off the big flowerheads.I used scissors. I filled my little jar to the top, but did not compact them.

Then the instructions said to leave the flowers on a paper towel for 24 hours to dry out. So I dumped them on a sheet of paper towel.

Next day I put all the flowers back into my little glass jar and topped the jar off with a mix a grapeseed and olive oil, about a little over 1/2 cup. Stirred it gently to let out all the air and then sealed the jar tightly with a lid.

Then I placed the jar in a warm and sunny spot and let it steep for two weeks.
Note: Write the date down on the jar or calendar so that you know when it is done. Trying to remember how much time has elapsed does not work for me.

Check your oil every few days, and gently shake it to encourage the flowers to release their medicinal benefits.

After 2 weeks it’s time to strain the oil. The instructions said to use cheesecloth. I didn’t have any, so I used a fine mesh plastic coffee filter and it worked extremely well.
I dumped the content from the glass jar into the filter and then balanced the filter back on the glass jar and let it drain. At the end I gently squeezed the dandelion flowers.

fine mesh plastic coffee strainer
image credit: Marlies Cohen

Then I transferred the oil in a small clean sterile glass bottle.

Label this bottle with the finishing date. The oil should last about 1 year when stored in a cool, dark place. (Haven’t labeled my bottle yet)
I got about 1/2 cup of infused oil. It has a lovely smell.

infused dandelion oil
image credit: Marlies Cohen

Uses for Dandelion Oil

  • Use as a massage oil to help relax muscles and relieve tension
  • The oil also works well as a moisturizer for chapped lips and dry skin.

A study published in the journal KoreaMed suggests that dandelion possesses the therapeutic ability to eliminate heat, alleviate swelling and inflammation. You can use it topically to relieve achy, sore muscles and joints, swollen breasts and tense backs and necks. Its anti-inflammatory properties are extremely beneficial for treating arthritis and gout. Whoever thought of killing dandelions, obviously never tried this oil. For aches and pain, it’s pretty amazing!  

~www.naturallivingideas.com/dandelion-oil

I used the instructions from this site.

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