End of Summer Dandelion Oil

Even Bees Love Dandelion in September

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.

Dandelion Leaves

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.

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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