From Flower to Lotion

Dandelions are amazing! They’re one of the first flowers to bring cheer to hearts starved of color through the dreariness of Winter. They feed the bees and provide us with food and medicine. Every part of the plant - flower, leaves, and roots - is useful. I’ve only just started on this journey of learning about our relationship with plants and am thankful my sister, a herbalist, encouraged us to start with Dandelion Oil.

Making it is crazy easy, and I’ll share how we did our’s. Keep in mind there are slight variations in how some people make it.

1. Take a jar outside and pick enough Dandelion flowers to fill it. (As there are Dandelion look alikes, make sure you’re picking Dandelions. One way to tell is to look at the leaves. They will be toothy, green, and hairless.)

2. To prevent mold, dry the flowers on a cotton towel overnight.

3. Place the flowers back into the jar and fill it to ¼ inch with a carrier oil such as avocado, sunflower, or olive.

4. Secure the lid and leave the jar on a sunny windowsill for two weeks, making sure to gently shake or stir it daily.

5. Strain the oil through a find mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

6. (Optional) Squeeze 1-2 capsules of Vitamin E into the Dandelion Oil to act as a preserving agent.

7. Label and store in a dark place until you’re ready to use it.

Because Dandelion Oil is good for sore muscles, achy joints, tension, and dry skin, we used some of our’s to make lotion bars.

They’re also crazy easy! Here’s our recipe and process: 1. Take a medium size pot and fill it about ⅓ of the way full with water. Bring it to a boil.

2. Place 1 part Dandelion Oil, 1 part Beeswax, and 1 part Shea Butter into a glass jar.

3. Place the jar into the boiling water and allow the Beeswax to melt. We took our jar out as soon as the Beeswax melted to prevent the Shea Butter from going grainy.

4. (Optional): Allow your oil to cool for a few seconds before adding a few drops of lavender oil.

5. Pour into silicone molds and place in the fridge for a few hours after they’ve had a chance to harden a bit (this makes it easier to pick up the trays).

That’s it! Pop them out of the silicone molds and you have lotion bars that nicely soothe and repair dry skin. They’d make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift or a thoughtful surprise for someone who works with their hands.