Dandelion Oil Salve

Save the Dandelion… It is all over Facebook as a warning to preserve the dandelions for bees. One post I saw stated that dandelion’s “are the very first food source for bees after a long winter”. That may very well be true, but save some of the dandelions for yourself too. These underutilized plants have so many qualities!

Infuse Olive Oil with dried Dandelion Flowers to make homemade skin care products!

The Greens, the leaves, of the plant are incredibly nutritious. Use them in a salad for yourself or feed them to your chickens. They freeze well and I keep some on hand for winter coop boredom busters and added chicken nutrition. The roots to the plant and the dried heads of the flowers can be made into herbal teas.

Teas, food, all really great things, but my most favorite way to use dandelions is to dry the heads and infuse olive oil with the dried flowers. The oil can be used alone, but I like to turn it into a salve that I use on my hands, feet, forehead, aching muscles… as well as on my chickens’ combs.

Infuse dried Dandelion Flowers in Olive Oil to make homemade skin care products!

Recently, I shared my recipe on Community Chickens for how I make Dandelion Salve. It is a simple process and oh so worth it…in my humble opinion.

 

Dandelion Infused Oil

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dried Dandelion Flowers (just the dried heads, more greens)
  • 1 Pint Sized Mason Jar
  • 1 pint Olive Oil (You will not use quite the full pint amount as you're are covering the dandelion flowers.)

Note

You can also speed up the infusing process by placing your jar in a slowcooker. In your slowercooker, place a washcloth on the bottom, then your jar on top of that. Add water until the water covers about half way up the jar. Turn the setting to warm. Let infuse for 6-8 hours.

 

 

Directions

Step 1
Add dried flowers to the glass jar.
Step 2
Pour the olive oil over the flowers. Leaving 1 inch of headspace in the jar.
Step 3
Use a butter knife to stir and remove air bubbles.
Step 4
Cap your jar and store in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight.
Step 5
Shake jar once a day for 4-6 weeks.

Check out my┬áCommunity Chicken’s post and snag the recipe on how to make Dandelion Oil Salve. It is also on Pinterest. Pin it for later.┬áLove it!

Infuse dried Dandelion Flowers in Olive Oil to use in skin care products.

 

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  1. I finally collected enough dandelions to try this recipe for salve. I dried them out in the sun, and they all went to fluffy white seed heads. Should I remove the white parts and just use the yellow petals, or throw in the whole mess, or toss them and try again?

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