Mother Nature how I love you so, you provide a beautiful studio for my photography,opportunities for my children to learn, and most importantly you sustain our actual existence! We love to hike, camp, fish.. we love to get dirty! We love to lay in the cool grass on a hot summer day. We swim in your creeks and lakes, and admire your oceans while they lull us into a comfort that allows us to regroup and recenter. You provide us with our absolutely loved oils, which have totally changed our outlook . We are sending thanks to God for creating this beautiful world that we love and that loves us back!
Today, I loved my child's teacher even more (didn't know that was possible) because they celebrated Earth Day, with some planting of bulbs in homemade pots (adorable!) !
We celebrated at home, too! I know everyone has probably noticed that lawns are covered in dandelions..but unlike some, I love them! They are the first thing to show me that Spring is SURELY here! They're such a resilient thing , just one sweep of a slight breeze and they multiply beyond belief! I really don't like seeing people spraying their lawns with herbicides to rid them of these pretty blooms (especially since herbicides are being linked to some cancers!) when scientist are currently studying dandelions to help FIGHT cancer! The irony!
I took today as an opportunity for a learning lesson for my children! They already know about oils since we use them often, but they didn't know we could make one ourselves!
Dandelion oil is great for stiff or sore joints and muscles when applied directly to the area, it is also awesome for dry skin. It's antioxidant and anti-fungal properties are surely what makes it so resilient! A lot of people use dandelions for teas and consumption, animals use them for nourishment and bees love them too!
Hope you enjoy the photos and recipe! Feel free to share or try this at home with your kids, it's such a great opportunity to teach them and seeing their interest will really, really make any mom smile <3
First , pick dandelions, better yet, watch your kids pick dandelions, you'll just need the heads. (our yard is free of pesticides, this is important when using dandelions for infused oil!) Camden was the "picker" . Thanks buddy :)
Dandelion infused oil
Things you will need:
A mason jar with a lid
Oil (olive, vegetable, coconut, almond - whatever floats your boat!)
Next, spread out the dandelion heads on a surface or a towel so they can dry , if needed! (More photos because I think they're pretty, swear I'm refinishing that bench...only said that for two years ;) )
Next add your oil to your mason jar. Have your child stuff the dandelions in the oil (I filled mine up a bit , had Noelle add the dandelions then topped with more EVOO)
If you did it like I did, top off with more oil, and then seal the jar, isn't it pretty?!
Now you have one of two choices, you can let your oil steep on the windowsill for roughly a week in the sunlight, or put your jar in shallow water on the stove and boil it for a few minutes. With either process, when it's ready, strain the dandelions and put the oil into a clean glass jar , and top with your favorite essential oil for scent, if you'd like . I will be adding lavender to mine!! (10 -15 drops depending on size of jar )
Now you can use your dandelion infused oil ! Use alone topically, or create - you can add it to whipped coconut oil or shea butter and for an awesome lotion, or to beeswax for a homemade, safe, non toxic lip balm! Your infused oil can also be used as a carrier oil (for essential oil use) for homemade body balms and facial creams!
I decided to steep mine. Dandelions will spoil if you let them steep too long, so a week will do the trick :)
Discard dandelion oil after a year.
And the final step !
Replant, and make a wish while you are at it ;) Teach your children to respect the Earth , after all, it is so resourceful and treats us so well !!
If you want to know more about essential oils, or non toxic living - email me here : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!