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Dandelion Infused Carrier Oil DIY

Spring is in the air and the Dandelions are once again popping their bright yellow heads out of the ground. Up until recently I have never looked at these pesky lawn ornaments as beneficial-only as the usual weed that I struggle to banish from my perfectly groomed lawn. But boy does my heart melt every single time my toddler brings me her gorgeous bouquet of freshly picked dandelions. I don’t dare throw them out and break her little heart. So, random cups of water, with yellow blossoms floating in them, litter my kitchen all summer long.

So what’s so great about these bouts of infestation consuming my luscious green grass? Fresh dandelions are beneficial for a variety of reasons. To my surprise, every part of a dandelion is useful including the flower, stem, roots and leaves. Dandelions are extremely beneficial for fighting bacteria and helping to heal wounds. They are a natural food source due to having a very high vitamin and mineral content (even higher than vegetables) and can decorate salads or even be eaten raw. You can boil them, or dip them in batter and fry them. Due to the fact that dandelions are such a sustainable plant and they are easily grown, they have year-round medicinal purposes.

The dandelion dates back to the early 1800’s and is said to originate in Europe. During this time, people would rid their lawn of the grass in order to make more room for dandelions and other “weeds.” The name “Dandelion” is an English corruption of the French name for this plant: “dent de lion” meaning “lion’s tooth”, a reference to the tooth-like serrations on the plant’s leaves.” (Ehrlich, 2015)

As for therapeutic properties, they are gentle, calming, and have pain relieving qualities that can be beneficial for muscle rubs and over-exertion balms. Dandelion infused carrier oil is perfect for beauty products or for topical applications due to its healing properties. It can also help reduce feelings of worry and is skin moisturizing. Dandelions are chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, are an appetite stimulant, and are great for upset stomach. Dandelions can also help with digestion and help fight inflammation.

Next let’s talk about how to make a Dandelion Infused Carrier Oil. First of all, there are different infusion methods you can use to extract the medicinal benefits of the Dandelion. There is the Solar-infused method, cold infusion method, and double-boiler method. This recipe is going to be for the cold infusion method.

Any carrier oil can be used for this recipe, the only thing you should keep in mind is the shelf life of the carrier oil – this will determine how long your dandelion infused carrier oil will last. I chose to use a blend of Camellia Seed Carrier Oil (12-18 months) and Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil (2 years). Some excellent alternatives are Almond Carrier Oil, Argan Carrier Oil  or Jojoba Carrier Oil (which will extend the shelf life of the carrier oil).

Before you begin picking, always make sure the dandelions you are picking are free of pesticides and chemicals. When you go out to pick your dandelions make sure it is a bright sunny day and late enough in the afternoon that all the dew has evaporated. You want to pick enough of them to fill up your mason jar. Shake each individual flower head gently to evacuate any small inhabitants that may be living in them.

Once the jar is full, fill your mason jar with your choice of carrier oil until it covers the dandelions completely. You do not want your dandelions to be sticking out of the oil because the air and moisture can inhibit bacteria growth and lead to molding. Once they are completely submerged in the oil, stir gently to ensure all the air bubbles have been removed and place in a sunny window. You can cover the oil with a breathable mesh such as cheesecloth or a coffee filter to be sure no foreign objects fall into the oil while it is infusing.

 Let the oil sit, stirring every few days, for 2-3 weeks. Dandelions can be left in the window for up to 4 weeks if you choose to make the carrier oil more aromatic, but any longer could result in bacteria growth and mold. This method of infusion is called the “cold infusion method” because you do not use heat to extract the properties from the dandelion. Once the 2-3 weeks has elapsed, use a slotted spoon to remove the dandelion heads, then strain through a cheesecloth or fine mesh cloth to remove any small particles. Also, you will want to store the oil in a cool, dark place as you would any other carrier oil.  To calculate the shelf life of your dandelion infused oi, l take the average of the shelf life your carrier oils have; for this particular recipe, it would be about 21 months.

There are so many different DIY products that this oil can contribute to. Use it to create an oil blend, salve, or butter for pain associated with age and over-exertion. Add it to  a lotion for dry chapped skin. Making a facial toner is a great option as well, due to the inflammation and healing properties of the dandelions. Don’t forget that the carrier oil alone has added therapeutic properties, so making this dandelion infusion then becomes a powerhouse for therapeutic benefits.

Helpful Hints:
  • Always make sure the dandelions you are picking are free of pesticides and chemicals.
  • Only pick dandelions once the dew has evaporated on a warm sunny day.
  • Shake/tap gently to remove inhabitants.
  • Check your carrier oil for mold growth and air bubbles every couple of days while it is in the sunny window. If you get a small patch of mold on one of the flower heads it should still be fine. If there is too much you may consider throwing it out and beginning again.
  • Store your dandelion infused carrier oil in a cool, dark place.
  • Label your container with the infusion date to ensure accurate shelf life.
  • Be sure to use clean, dry containers and utensils when preparing your dandelions for infusion.

 

“When you look at a field of dandelions you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes.”

– Unknown

 

References:

Ehrlich, S. D. (2015, June 22). University of Maryland Medical Center. Retrieved from Dandelion: http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

 

What do you like to infuse your carrier oils with?

28 thoughts on “Dandelion Infused Carrier Oil DIY”

  1. Would it be ok to quickly wash the dandelions and letting them dry off a bit before infusing them? I have a thing about washing everything that goes on or in my body. LOL
    It’s too late to pick them this time of year but I’d love to try making some next spring.

    1. You can wash them first, but it is imperative that you make sure they are completely dry before adding them to your carrier oil.

  2. Thank you for these instructions! They were so easy to follow and the process was super simple! I can’t wait for my oil to be ready in a few weeks!

  3. Making your own infused oil sounds so awesome. I had no idea that dandelions where all that. Lol. I’m going to try this.

  4. In paragraph 8, second sentence it states “you do not want your dandelions to be sticking out of the oil because the air and moisture can INHIBIT bacteria growth and lead to molding.” Don’t you mean the opposite of inhibit? “Promote” May be a better term.

  5. Love the PT blog! Always a good read or DIY. Keep up the great work PT! I have been wanting to infuse oil with Dandelions for months…and because I want to, I cannot find them anywhere on my property or surrounding areas. Any other time they would be everywhere. I am going to try other areas that I know aren’t sprayed with chemicals. I cannot wait to try this one. I have already started oil infusions with Calendula, Arnica and St. John’s Wort. Super excited for the DIYs and rollers to be made with these.

  6. Wonderful article about dandelions! I have started doing oil infusions using dried herbs. Made some calendula flower oil and it turned out marvelous! Beautiful color and aroma. I use the oil in some of my skin recipes. Have been using EVOO so far but am going to try some other carrier oils listed. Have also done the slow and low crock pot method and the cold infusion allowing the oils to sit for a few weeks. With the dandelions I am going to give it a try with the FCO or Jojoba oil after I let the flowers wilt for a day or two.

  7. I do have a question. Why would we just shake the flower head instead rinsing the dandelion heads to throughly get rid of any insects and particles? I understand I would have to dry it out a little longer, but at least it would be a little bit cleaner?

  8. Picking my dandelions tomorrow and will be trying this then. Also going to try dried dandelions too, to see what works best.

  9. I did calendula infusion last night in the crockpot, warm method. It was on 12 hours or so on low, starting with dried herbs. I hope it’s as wonderful smelling and properties of the flowers I used! I also did my vanilla oleo infusion this way at the same time. Can’t wait to try them!!!

  10. I have my first dandelion and grapeseed oil infusing now.. can’t wait to try it in a couple weeks. I also have a batch of Calendula and grapeseed infusing. thank you for all the great information in the blog

  11. Can’t wait to try this!! Not sure if this goes for the flower heads also but, I know dandelion roots are good for detoxification. Never heard of some of their other properties. Glad I came across this.

  12. I have been reading up on infusions and I just started experimenting with them. In almost every article I have read it states once you have the herbs/flowers in the oil then to put the lid back on the jar. With this one it states to only cover with mesh or cheese cloth. Is there a reason why this infusion would have to be left open?

    1. Nikki, this article was written from a particular aromatherapist’s experience with infusion, but you are more than welcome to try enclosing the solution instead and see what difference it makes!

    2. Since the dandelions are fresh herbs using a cover will let the moisture evaporate and less chance of mold growing.

  13. I love this idea! I am a teacher and I get so many dandelion gifts from students after recess and it makes me so happy but I hate to throw them out. This is such a wonderful idea to do and also share with my students if they ever ask what I have done with the flowers they picked for me. I never knew of the benefits that dandelions have to offer, so this is some exciting news! I am very excited to begin this project

    1. Sara, that is such an amazing idea for the dandelions your students gift you. So sweet and I think that will make them so happy 🙂

    2. So I just happened on this post and this comment! I’m also a teacher and am also “gifted” dandelions by the armful. What a great way to use them for something beneficial AND it can actually be done in the windowsill of your classroom so the kids can see the whole process! So smart. I love it!

  14. Any suggestions for dry dandelions? I did fresh ones my first go round but was extremely nervous about it the entire time so I have been drying them out instead this time but my dried dandelions shrivel to such a small amount and many turn to fluff. Any suggestions on proper drying of them to do a dry infusion?

    1. Dandelions are kinda hard to properly dry because they turn to fuzz. When I’ve used dandelions, I just let them wilt slight for a couple days. I haven’t had any issues.

  15. Love this article. Makes me think of dandelions in a completely different way. Going to start picking right away.

  16. Everything I have read said to use dried flowers, but you mentioned fresh. Are the properties different? Would rather use fresh if given the choice. Lovely article. Love learning new things.

    1. Hi Lisa, you are absolutely correct! You do have the option of drying the flowers first, but my method uses no heat, due to being a cold infusion. My only suggestion is to make sure the flower heads are completely dry when you pick them – so picking them mid-day when the dew is completely evaporated is key. As for the properties, I am sure you can benefit from the same properties if you choose to use any other method of infusion, although some may be more potent than others. Thank you for your input!

  17. Thank you for this informative easy. It makes me wonder if oi have been missing out for years in creating oils from other flowers and herbs grown in my gardens. Every June I say to my husband, of our beautiful Mock Orange shrub,
    that I only wish I could bottle its’ scent, which is indescribably beautiful and intoxicating. (It is 20 feet by 20 feet and 15 feet tall and covered with literally thousands of white blossoms).
    Could I infuse these Mock Orange blossoms, into carrier oils and safely use on our skin?

    1. Hi Kathy! Mock Orange Blossoms would make an AMAZING smelling carrier oil, not so sure it would have many therapeutic benefits though. It shouldn’t cause any adverse skin reactions, but always be sure to test it on a small area of skin before applying all over. Also be sure that the flowers are free of moisture when they are picked, that way no bacteria grows in it. I would love to hear how this turns out, please let me know! 🙂

      1. I will have to wait until next year, as the blossoms had completly call the day before your post was published. Thank you for your response! I will try this with my roses though

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