I love dandelions – one of my favorite medicinal plants! I know, people try so hard to kill them but the dandelion won’t be had so easily. Our resilient and sunny friend knows what it’s doing staying so close to us. It is full of healthy, healing powers. Take, for instance, its flower power! The blossoms are capable of helping to ease sore joints and muscles, and can even help women with mastitis, breast tumors, and breast issues that occur in nursing mothers.
I learned about making this massage oil while on my recent herb walk, and I just had to try it. My son joined in on the fun, and I discovered this was his first real herb project. He’s not even three yet, so it’s a great one to get even the smallest kids going. And the end results can help when they have a boo boo. Here’s what we did:
I gave my son a little sand pail and we went to an area of our yard where the dandelions flourish. Since we don’t use pesticides and herb weed killers, it wasn’t hard to find a nice chemical-free area. I told my son to pick the bright yellow blossoms and put them in the bucket. Once he filled up on them (including a spider or two – oh joy), we took them indoors and let them sit overnight just to let some of the moisture evaporate a little. The next day we picked any stems off one at a time and placed them in a glass canning jar (while I watched for blossoms that looked less than desirable). Next I filled the jar with olive oil so the blossoms were covered. Taking a chopstick, I pushed at the flowers to get the air bubbles out. (While I didn’t do this yet, I’m considering pouring a little bit of Vodka on the top to stop mold from forming.) We capped the mixture tightly, and now it sits in a sunny window. After 2 – 4 weeks, we’ll strain out the blossoms and squeeze out any remaining oil so we don’t lose any of it. I’ll then store it in a container for use on achy muscles and joints.
So far the dandelion oil is such a beautiful sunny yellow – every day my son checks on its progress, and I’m happy he’s started his herbal education already! Give it a try – you may just find that once you know how to make something as simple as this dandelion oil, dandelions will look more and more like an amazing medicinal plant and less like a garden pest!