You probably think that dandelions are just small, annoying weeds that mess up your backyard and cause you nothing but problems. However, every part of the dandelion plant can be used for something, including the root and leaves.
Dandelion flowers are used for the production of dandelion oil and this oil can then be used for dry skin, muscle aches, joint pain, stress and tension. There are a number of different brands than sell dandelion oil but the best way to take advantage of its properties is to make it yourself. It’s super easy and we’ll show you step by step how to make it.
Medicinal properties of Dandelion oil
Dandelion oil is a highly beneficial oil which has been used in medicinal purposes for centuries. One of its first applications was as a therapy oil for massages to relax the muscles and ease the tension. It’s a great natural moisturizer for dry and chapped skin as well.
According to a study conducted by the KoreaMed journal, dandelion oil can eliminate inflammation, reduce swelling and heat. If applied topically, dandelion oil can relax sore muscles and joints, painful back and neck and swollen breasts. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial in the treatment of gout and arthritis.
Recipe for dandelion oil
As we already mentioned, it’s better to make your own natural dandelion oil than buy those available in the health stores. Just make sure the dandelions you pick are uncontaminated, free of chemicals and pesticides and start cooking.
- Dandelion flowers (freshly picked)
- Olive or almond oil (carrier oil)
- Large mason jar
- Mesh strainer
- Glass bottle
- Cheese cloth
You should pick your dandelion flowers on a sunny day and make sure they’re full, healthy blossoms. Just cut away the head from the plant and keep picking until your jar is halfway full. Don’t pick every single flower you see, leave plenty for the bees!
Take out your flowers and spread them on a paper towel or a cloth. Leave them for about 24 hours to dry out because they usually retain large amounts of water. If the flowers aren’t fully dried the oil you make will have too much moisture. The flower heads tend to shrink when they dry out but don’t worry, there will be plenty for your oil.
Transfer the flowers into the jar until it’s halfway full. Then pour in the oil until the flowers are completely covered. Stir everything gently with a spoon to eliminate the air pockets and close the jar tightly.
Put the jar in a sunny spot and leave it for about 2 weeks to steep. Dandelion oil takes the shortest time to steep, just 2 weeks, whereas others require a minimum of 4 weeks. Dandelion flowers, as we mentioned, retain a lot of water, so if you let it steep longer it may start to develop mold.
Every couple of days shake the jar to stimulate the release of medicinal benefits. Once the steep time is over place the cheesecloth over the strainer and pour the oil through it in a clean bowl. Use a spoon to mash the flowers and squeeze it out tightly to get every single drop of your miraculous oil. Transfer it into a clean bottle and use the oil within 1 year.
- Dandelions can be seem blooming in early spring until mid summer. Most of us have them in the backyard but even if you don’t have any, there are surely some near where you live.
- Place a label on the bottle with the date and the name of the oil so that you know how long you can use it.
- You should check for mold every couple of days. If you notice a small patch of mold in the jar open the jar and remove the plant that’s affected. If there’s more mold, we’re sad to inform you that the whole batch has gone wrong and you’ll need to throw it away.
- Keep your jar with oil in a dark and cool place to prevent it from going rancid. If it starts smelling bad it probably went bad. But don’t worry, it’s so easy to make so you can make it again without a problem. Source: www.naturallivingideas.com