While some people don’t want to see their dandleions pulled of their garden, some just cannot wait to see the first yelow blossoms sprouting from their grass. I belong to the latter. Especially this year, since I have been waiting impatiently for the first blossoms to come. My hands were dry and cracked and I was hoping to fix it with some home made dandelion salve. You can find more information about the medical benefits of dandelions here
Making dandelion infused oil.
You will need:
- fresh dandelion blossoms
- any vegetable oil of organic quality (olive, coconut, almond, primrose, etc)
What is the ratio? For fresh herbs, choose about 50 grams of herbs for 500 ml of oil. If you use dried herbs, you will get a much stronger concentrate, which will contain more medicinal substances than fresh herbs, but will be less scented. So, if you want to use your dandelion infused oil for, for example, aromatherapy, definitely choose fresh herbs.
Fresh dandelions however contain quite a lot of water which is not good for the oil as it can get sludgy. So collect the flowers on a sunny day and set them on the sun for 24 hours before soaking them in oil. After 24 hours you add them to the 500 ml jar and pour over the oil. I covered them with canvas so it can breath but also to let some water evaporate and keep them in the warm, sun for 2 weeks.
In order to speed up the process, a heat based method called double boiling can also be used. The mixture is heated to a temperature of 30-40 degrees Celsius. This method is basically done in a water bath and it is roughly 10x to 12x times faster than infusion.
After 2 weeks, thoroughly grind the oil with a soft cloth to get rid of all the petals and get only pure oil with herbaceous substances.
Dandelion infused oil is suitable for lubrication of painful joints, muscles, rashes, insect bites, cracked hands (ideal for those who work in the garden) or lips.
Keep your Infused Oil in a cool, dark place. Most infused oils will last for a year or perhaps even longer, if stored correctly