I love dandelions! They just make me happy! Seeing those little pops of yellow out in the fields and lawns. Yellow is such a happy color. My kids will often go pick them for me and bring them to me. We love to make dandelion chain headbands, and my girls love to blow the dandelions that have died and make a wish! Come on admit it you too love to blow the little dandelion seeds!
Grandma Great (my great grandmother on my moms side) is rolling over in her grave right now at the thought of me and my love for dandelions! She DESPISED dandelions! I remember going to her house when I was a child and having Tang with her at her old metal table in the kitchen! She was a great grandma but also very stern. I remember once my brother and I were swinging on the gate, one of us would sit on top of it and the other would swing it open and closed. She was not happy about it and got after us. Like I said she despised dandelions and would go out into the yard and pick them, she just could not stand seeing them growing in her yard, I would often help her pick them!
Dandelions are edible! Did you know that?! I have recently learned from Tricia over at Farmish Momma that the leaves are much better when you catch them before the flower pops up. After the flower has popped up they become bitter tasting. So next time you buy one of those salad mix bags at the grocery store check, it might just have “dandelion greens” in it! You can also take the flower blossom, batter it and fry it! YUM!
So to make dandelion salve you will need a bunch of dandelion flowers, tops only no stem. Let them sit out on a paper towel for a day or two to dry out a little or your oil will be a gooey mess. Dandelion Salve is great for dry chapped hands, gardeners you will love it for those tough hands that have been out digging in the dirt all day!
Fill up a pint or quart jar with the dry flowers and then pour in 16oz (if you can fit it) of olive oil. You can also use any other light oil like sunflower oil etc. Let it “infuse” for 2-4 weeks in a sunny window.
Strain the flowers out of the oil pressing the flowers to get the soaked in oil out as well!
Using a double boiler (or a pan with water on medium high heat and a quart jar like I did) melt 2oz of coconut oil and 2oz beeswax. Once melted add in your 16oz of infused oil. You can now add essential oils if you like. I used 12 drops of orange but you can use whatever you like!
Then pour into one big or several small jars and let cool! I made 6 4oz jars with mine! It will be solid but will melt on your hands! It is great for dry chapped hands after you get out of the garden or working in the yard all day!
2oz coconut oil
16oz infused dandelion oil
8-12 drops of essential oil (optional)
Melt the coconut oil and wax in a double boiler (or jar in a pan of water). Once melted add infused dandelion oil. Add your essential oils and pour into jars.
So have I changed your mind about dandelions? Grab the kids, go out and pick some dandelions for your salve and while your at it stop to make a few wishes!