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07 May 2019

Dandelion Oil Benefits and Uses and How to Make It

Dandelion oil benefits are numerous for your skin.  This simple herbal infusion is great for dry skin, eczema, and even for a pain relief salve.  Here are the benefits of dandelion oil, how to make it, and how to use it.

It's spring in Ohio, which means lots of rain and lots of dandelions.  

I remember when I was a kid, my grandfather used to freak if there was a single dandelion in his yard.  He would spray them, kill them, and have the perfect lawn again.  

It was the 1980s, so we weren't as environmentally friendly back then.  Thankfully, we mostly know better now.

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I love looking out and seeing the dandelions.  I see a field of wishes, just waiting for a little or big kid to come along and make a wish. 

Dandelions are also one of the first foods for bees, so it's important that we keep them alive.

Remember: no bees, no coffee.  

Save the bees!

As if these weren't enough reasons to keep those little yellow flowers, they are also an amazing product for DIY bath and body recipes because of their many benefits for your skin and hair.

DANDELION OIL BENEFITS AND USES AND HOW TO MAKE IT


DANDELION OIL BENEFITS


Dandelions can be used in food for their health benefits, but they also have many benefits for the skin.  They are high in vitamins A, C, E, and K.  They also have low amounts of B vitamins.  They also contain iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

In one study, dandelions were proven to increase the rate at which skin cells regenerate.  This is important for anti-aging and for dry skin or eczema.

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Dandelions were also proven to fight inflammation, hydrate the skin, and boost collagen production.

It's also been said that dandelions can help eliminate heat and reduce inflammation, so it's a great addition to a pain relieving salve recipe, too.  

CARRIER OILS


What's the best carrier oil to use for your dandelion oil?  That depends!

I used chia seed oil for my infusion, but that's because I wanted a very moisturizing oil.  You can choose the best oil for your needs.  

SWEET ALMOND OIL


Sweet almond oil is probably my favorite all purpose carrier oil.  If you want to make a dandelion infused oil and aren't sure what to use it for, I recommend this oil.  

It's moisturizing and gentle on your skin, but don't use it if you have a nut allergy.  

The vitamins A and E moisturize the skin.  

CHIA SEED OIL


I used chia seed oil because it's a heavy and moisturizing oil.  Chia seed is high in omega-3 fatty acids to moisturize your skin.  Chia seed oil can also help strengthen the barrier on top of the skin to prevent moisture loss.  

It's a heavy oil, but it is one of the best oils for dry, chapped, or irritated skin.

APRICOT OIL


Apricot oil is another one that I used often.  It's a dry oil, so it feels light and soaks into the hair and skin quickly.  For this reason, it's great to use in lotions, hair treatments, and massage oils.  

It does provide some nourishing and moisturizing, but it's not the best for dry skin.

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AVOCADO OIL


Avocado oil is another heavier oil that's great for dry skin or hair.  It's high in fatty acids and vitamins to help nourish the skin.

GRAPESEED OIL


Like apricot oil, grapeseed oil is a dry oil.  It soaks in quickly.  It's best used on oily skin because it's so light.  It also acts like a natural astringent.  

HOW TO MAKE DANDELION INFUSED OIL


There are two ways to make dandelion infused oil: the quick way and the long way.

If you want the really easy way, you can buy dandelion infused oil on Etsy.

Both work well.  I typically use the long method just because it's easier and I plan my recipes weeks or months in advance.

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But if you're a spur of the moment person, then by all means use the quick method.  

No matter which method you use, just make sure that your dandelions are completely dry.  If there is any moisture, they can grow moldy.  If you are using the long method, this is more of a problem than if you are using the quick method.


QUICK METHOD


If you're in a hurry and want to use your dandelion infused oil for its benefits that day or within two weeks, then use the quick method.  

STEP #1


Collect your dandelions and save just the flower part.  Set them on a cooling rack or on a towel lined cookie sheet to dry.  I let mine dry for a week.


STEP #2


Place the dried dandelions in a pint jar.  Cover with the carrier oil of your choice.  The amount of dandelions and oil isn't an exact measurement.  Just make sure the oil covers the dandelions by a little bit.

STEP #3


Place a hand towel on the bottom of a slow cooker.  Place the jar of oil covered dandelions on top of the towel.  

Add water to the slow cooker to cover the flowers and oil.  

STEP #4


Turn the slow cooker to the warm setting and let the flowers and oil infuse for four hours.  Do not cover the slow cooker because it can cause condensation to fall down into the jar of oil.  

STEP #5


Turn off the slow cooker and let the oil cool.  

Use cheesecloth to strain out the dandelions and discard them.

Now you have dandelion infused oil in about 5 hours.

LONG METHOD


This method is a lot easier, but it can take up to two weeks.

STEP #1


Pick your dandelions and set on a cookie sheet or cooling rack to dry completely for a week.

STEP #2


Be sure that the flowers are completely dry and have no moisture because they can grow mold in the next step.

Place the dried flowers in a mason jar and cover with a carrier oil.  There's no exact amount of flowers or oils, but the oils must cover the flowers so there is no air getting to the flower.

STEP #3


Let the flowers and oil infuse up to two weeks.  Give the jar a gentle shake each day to mix the oil and flowers.

STEP #4


After two weeks, strain out the flowers using cheesecloth.  Discard the cheesecloth and flowers.



HOW TO USE DANDELION INFUSED OIL


So how do you use your dandelion oil now that you've made it?  You can use it just like you would any other carrier oil.  Use it in place of what's recommended in your favorite recipe, except for coconut oil.  You'd have to infuse coconut oil using the longer heat method to use that in a recipe.

I made a dandelion salve a few years ago.  I loved it for my cuticles, eczema, and my feet.  I was sad when I used it all.


I'm making a solid lotion with my dandelion infused oil, so come back Thursday for the recipe.

You can also use your dandelion oil in one of these recipes:

Dandelion oil benefits are so numerous for your skin!  Now that you know how to make dandelion oil and how to use it, what are you going to make?

How to make dandelion oil for DIY natural remedies. Dandelion uses are plenty from dry skin to lip balm to sore muscles.  The benefits of dandelion oil are amazing.  Make this dandelion diy for your next diy bath and body project.  #diy #dandelion
How to make dandelion oil for DIY natural remedies. Dandelion uses are plenty from dry skin to lip balm to sore muscles.  The benefits of dandelion oil are amazing.  Make this dandelion diy for your next diy bath and body project.  #diy #dandelion













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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.