Dandelion oil is used in salves, lotions, and lip balms to soothe dry and cracked skin. Thanks to its capability to speed up the healing process of scars and calm down skin irritations, dandelion oil is also efficient in acne treatment.
While some people don’t want to see their dandelions pulled off their garden, some just cannot wait to see the first yellow blossoms sprouting from the 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.
Making dandelion infused oil.
Dandelions belong to the kind of herb that everyone has access to, even if you don’t have a garden. There are plenty but before you go foraging, here are a few tips that you should consider:
- collect dandelions only in areas you are sure are 100% of chemicals (pesticides) free. You don’t want those ending up on your skin.
- Fresh dandelions 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 out on the sun for 24 hours before soaking them in oil.
- Don’t wash them as that is the water that increases the chances of mold issues. Thus the importance of selecting the right place without chemicals is imperative
Benefits of Dandelion oil
dandelion is known for its diuretic effects and as a stimulant of the pancreas and gall bladder activity. It has already found its ways to our kitchens where it is often prepared in various dishes like salads, jellies, dandelion butter or dandelion cupcakes.
When used in infused oil we will look at its benefits mainly for the skin.
- Dandelion oil is effective for sunburns when applied right before or after sun exposure (NCBI)
- reduce inflammation of the skin as well as its irritation, therefore, it can be used for certain types of acne treatment
- moisturize the skin; this is very effective in the treatment and prevention of dry skin
- a minor pain reliever can help ease the pain of sore muscles, arthritis, and gout
How to use it?
as a massage oil to relax your muscles and stiff joints
in the form of salve to soothe your dry skin (cracked or chapped hands)
to make a lip balm and moisturize your lips
in the form of oil or salve to treat cuts, burns, sunburns and other minor skin irritations.
What is the ratio?
For fresh herbs, choose about 50 grams of herbs for 500 ml of oil. If you use dry 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 breathe but also let some water evaporate and keep them in the warm, sun for 2 weeks.
How to make Dandelion oil?
The traditional method is really easy to make however require at least 2 weeks to get high quality scented dandelion infused oil.
In order to speed up the process, a heat-based method called double boiling can be applied. The mixture is heated to a temperature of 30-40 degrees Celsius. This method is basically done in a water bath and it is approximately 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