Dandelion is a useful plant whose anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to help treating arthritis, gout, relieve sore muscles and decrease joint pain. Learn here how to make dandelion oil to relieve joint pain. It has been used in herbal medicine to treat infections, bile and liver problems and as a diuretic. But did you oil arthritis that it’s also one of the most useful plants to reduce joint pain and aching muscles?
In this case the dandelion flowers are infused into oil that can work effectively when massaged into aching muscles and joints. Fill a small mason jar with fresh dandelion flowers. Pour the oil over the dandelion flowers and fill the jar almost to the top. Cover with cheesecloth secured with a rubber band and set the jar on a warm sunny windowsill for 2 weeks, or until the flowers have lost their color and turn brown. Strain the dandelion flowers out of the oil and transfer the oil to a new sterilized jar. Store it in a cool dark place.
If you put it in the refrigerator, it should last indefinitely. I froze some dandelions this year, would they work as well? I’ve come across a reference that said that the aerial part of the dandelion is better preserved by freezing because it retains more of its medicinal value when frozen rather than dried. THe flowers when young are excellent when dipped in egg then in flour milk and cajun spices and fried lightly. Be careful when using grape seed oil, the shelf life is only about 6 months. Hi Tammy, in all the references I’ve checked, dandelion infused oil is used for topical application only. In foods, dandelion is used as salad greens, in soups and teas.
As a tincture it’s good for digestion and liver cleansing. I don’t wanna sound stupid, but fresh dandelions are the white puffy things right? Hi Grace, you should use the yellow flowers. The white puffy things are the seeds.
Thank you for this recipe! I’m definitely going to try it out! When the oil sits in the windowsill for a couple of weeks, does it ferment? Does it start to bubble and or smell? Making infused oils is a process of transferring flavor and scent into a carrier oil. It should not ferment and should not have a bad smell.
If your infusion grows mold, there has been too much moisture in the jar and you’ll feel a bad smell and you will need to discard and begin again. I have been telling my family for years that dandelions are good for you. I am going to make this to help my daughter with her JRA. I am also going to make a salve. Thank you for jogging my memory on this.
In the past, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, it was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea. I so enjoy your post. I have been using some, but mostly reading about their uses for over 30 years. Hopefully some day I can retain all that i have read and I can use it when needed.