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?