Dandelions are spring magic to me.
Their Latin name is Taraxacum officinale and they are diuretic, laxative, nutritive, alkalinizer, cooling and even a digestive stimulant. The sunshiney yellow blossoms are so cheerful, so joyous that I can hardly believe that they are considered by many to be weeds. As a first food for bees and butterflies, they also are a great medicinal item in your apothecary cabinet. You can make wine, a coffee substitute, teas, as well as many other great recipes that use the blossoms. I love to dry the blossoms and use them in lip balms, hand or body lotions or even soaps!
Dandelions are high in vitamin A, potassium, calicum, magnesium, folic acid, iron and Vitamin C.
It’s not hard to dry the blossoms.
I prefer to pick mine in the late morning, or early afternoon. They are the most open at that time. Simply pluck the blossom off the stem and collect in a bowl. When you get a bunch of them, carefully shake them off to help remove any residents and lay out on a dehydrator sheet. I use my Excalibur, but you can use whatever you have, just set it on a low setting. I dry mine for a full 24 hours, to ensure they are completely dry. Any water left in them can lead to mold issues, so you want to be sure they are fully dehydrated.
Place the dried blossoms in a jar and cover with oil.
Some of my favorite oils to use for infusing are fractionated coconut, coconut, olive or even apricot oil. There are two methods you can use to infuse your oil. One is to set it in a heat proof dish and infuse in a 250° oven for 2 hours.
The other is to set a covered jar in a sunny place, and shake daily for 2-3 weeks. Whatever method you choose, you will get a delicious, sunny looking yellow oil when you are done and filtered out the dried blossoms.
The infused oil will keep as long as the carrier oil you use.
For that reason, I usually use coconut oil and try to keep it in smaller batches to use within 4-6 weeks. Check the expiration date on the oil you use. Add to lotions, soaps, or even lip balms. You can also make lip balms with this oil.
This recipe is pretty simple and easy to use.
The basic ingredients are infused dandelion oil, beeswax, shea butter and essential oils. Get your ingredients ready before you begin. I use a glass container in a double boiler set on low and measure these ingredients by measuring, not weight, since they are all oils. Measure out:
- 2 T. infused oil
- 1 T. beeswax
- 1 T. Shea butter
Melt the oils over low heat until all melted together.
To add essential oils, I place two drops in each lip balm pot or stick FIRST, then add the heated oils to the pots. This helps me get several different flavors in one batch. Simply stir the oils all together with a toothpick. I like to use lime, grapefruit or peppermint in my balms for a summery flavor.
To make a delicious tea, simply blend these herbs together.
This will help to balance you when life gets crazy. It’s the perfect tonic to support you when you get stressed or overwhelmed. Since dandelions are diuretic, this can also assist with keeping that monthly “bloat” down.
- 1 ounce dried dandelions
- 1 ounce dried nettle leaf
- 1 ounce lemon verbena
- 1 ounce peppermint
- 1/2 ounce calendula flowers
Simply blend the dried herbs in a jar and cover tightly. Use 2 Tablespoons per quart of boiling water and allow to steep for 5-8 minutes before drinking. Sweeten as desired.