Not many people think to make an oil extraction from dandelion flowers. Have you ever tried making fried fritters from the blooms? They are addicting if right out of the pan. Dandelion leaves are a great addition to a spring salad thought to purify the blood and support the urinary tract system. The fresh or dried root in a tea or snuck into a meal may support the liver. Internally it can be used in way too many things for me to list in this post. But externally as an oil, well it is a hidden treasure.
Pack a small jar with freshly picked, but dry, blooms. Add virgin olive oil grown and harvested in the USA. If you use this and no other oil your extraction will not mold. After about a month, strain out the flowers. If you press to get more oil you will get particulates and a cloudy product. Just an aesthetic detail, not a big deal for making salves. You can then use the pure oil on any skin issue or use it to make salves etc.
What kind of skin issues have herbalists used it on? Poison ivy/oak, warts, tumors/growths, rashes, cuts, arthritis/rheumatism, sprains, bruises, varicose veins, fungal and bacterial infections.
Dandelions are such a useful plants. So many ways to eat the leaves, flowers, and roots. An entire pharmacy in your lawn and a crucial source of nectar for bees in the spring. I would love to hear how you use them.