Dandelions are not really weeds. They have so many uses and are so versatile! In salads, wine, and even lotion — yes, lotion! It makes a soothing after gardening salve for your hands. And, today I am going to show you how.
First, pick the heads of the dandelions, and lay out to dry. I placed mine on a dehydrator try and just set outside in the sun. You don’t want to bring this into your house just yet, due to possible ants and bugs in the flowers…just trust me on this one, mmmmkay?
After they have dried for several hours, or overnight, you will need to make your infusion.
1. Place the flowers in a quart sized jar and cover with olive oil. I used pomace vs. virgin because I am not eating this, and it’s cheaper. Place the jar in a pot of water and gently heat for about 1 hour over medium heat.
2. Drain the oil into a clean jar, and you have dandelion infused oil!
3. To make your lotions, add 1 cup of this oil to 1 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup beeswax. Melt together in a heatproof container placed in a pan of water, simmering on medium high heat.
4. When all melted, pour into a heat proof jar. I used a 4 ounce canning jar here. And, when cool, you will have an amazing salve!
Of course, you can make this even more versatile. When it’s starting to cool, add 20 drops of essential oils. Tea Tree oil will make a salve for sore joints, citronella oil will make a salve to keep mosquitos at bay, lavender and peppermint mixed will make a relaxing foot salve.