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What to Do with Dandelions: Dandelion Oil

By May 10, 2010

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If you're one of those weird gardeners (like me) who actually doesn't hate dandelions, this post is for you. I don't have a ton of dandelions, but several do pop up every spring in my lawn and veggie garden beds. Also, there are several houses in my neighborhood that have been empty for a long time, and the lawns are veritable fields of dandelions. While I'm sure the sight makes some of my neighbors shudder, I think "hmm. Wonder what I can do with those?"

I did a post last year about how to use dandelions that had several good ideas in it, from eating the greens to drying and roasting the root as a coffee substitute. Today, I want to talk about making dandelion oil.

Dandelion oil is good for massaging into sore areas of your body, whether they're sore muscles or swollen joints. If you do a lot of gardening, trust me, this will come in handy!

About.com Herb Gardens Guide Amy Jeanroy has a very simple recipe for making dandelion oil. You can use the oil as-is as a massage oil, or make a simple dandelion salve by melting together 3 parts dandelion oil to one part beeswax and letting it cool in a container.

Of course, you can also just get rid of dandelions. But really, where's the fun in that?

Comments

May 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm
(1) Eliza says:

Thanks for spreading the good word about dandelions. I’ve never understood how a sunny flower with nearly ethereal seed heads ever became so offensive to people. :)

May 11, 2010 at 6:09 am
(2) organicgardening says:

Thanks, Eliza! Always nice to meet another dandelion lover ;-)

May 29, 2010 at 9:41 am
(3) Marcia Purse says:

I read your article on controlling dandelions and was dismayed to see you recommending phosphorus as a topdressing. Phosphorus in fertilizers is banned in many areas for good reason. I live on a lake, for example, and phosphorus leaching into the water can contribute greatly to our algae problems. Isn’t there something else that can be used that doesn’t damage the environment?

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