Dandelion Oil Infusion

by Suzan Ferreira
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Learning how to make your own dandelion oil infusion is easy to do and quick to make. Dandelion oil makes a wonderful addition to any home apothecary!

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One of the first flowers to emerge in the spring has many a lawn lover cringing. However, the dandelion holds many medicinal properties. Properties here on the hill we love to capture when making dandelion oil or dandelion oil infusions.


The Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, may very well be one of the most revered “weeds” known to man. This “wishing flower”, edible from root to flower, is most commonly referred to as an invasive backyard weed.

It is one “weed” that is anxiously awaited in spring by herbalists & pollinators alike. Dandelion oil, an infusion of dandelions into oil, is just one way of utilizing this beneficial “weed” to its fullest extent.

Dandelion oil is readily available now in most health food stores and online. Making your own is simple, quick, fun and filled with health benefits. It also saves bank when making it yourself!

If you have access to untreated green spaces, you will surely find a healthy amount of this sunny flower come springtime as it eagerly spreads its “wishes” freely 😊

Foraging & gathering the blossoms is a quick process, and one that you & the little’s in your life will surely enjoy!


Dandelion, is a member of the daisy (Asteraceae)  family, and a relative of the Sunflower, Daisy, & Chamomile family.

ALL parts of the Dandelion are beneficial. According to herbalist & author, Brigitte Mars, in her article, “Health Benefits of Dandelion Roots, Leaves, and Flowers”, all parts of the Dandelion plant are medicinal:

  • Dandelion roots are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, cholagogue, choleretic, deobstruent, discutient, hepatic, hypnotic, purgative, and sedative.
  • Dandelion leaves are antacid, antioxidant, febrifuge, hypotensive, restorative, and vulnerary.
  • Dandelion leaves and root are alterative, anodyne, antirheumatic root, aperient, astringent, bitter, decongestant, depurative, digestive, diuretic, galactagogue, immune stimulant, laxative, lithotriptic, nutritive, stomachic, and can be used as a tonic.
  • Dandelion flowers are anodyne, cardiotonic, emollient, hepatic, and vulnerary

That’s a lot of benefits from one little “nuisance” of a weed!


Dandelion is used widely for everything from detoxification & cleansing the blood to treating common ailments such as loss of appetite, headaches, digestive issues, and weight loss, to name just a few. Dandelion is edible from root to stem. Often one of the first meals of the spring for a great detox!

Not to mention its skin healing properties! Look below for more uses for dandelion in dandelion oil uses!


The reasons why I choose to make my own dandelion oil infusion are varied. Personally, knowing where your product(s) come from, exactly what is in that product, and how it is produced, allows me to rest easy.

I take comfort in the knowledge that my products have no “hidden chemicals” in them. Be sure to check out the article “Hidden Chemical Exposures – Should You Be Concerned?“. Making my own products is satisfying, fun, & cost effective.

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The oil made from the dandelion flower (an infusion) is known for its pain relieving qualities (anodyne) as well as it’s moisturizing (emollient) benefits.

Making Dandelion infused oil every spring allows me to use it a multitude of ways.

This oil makes for a wonderful massage oil, as it assists in relieving tension, pain, and stored memories from the body.

It’s used in making lotions & balms for dry, cracked skin and lips.

A personal favorite is using it in the creation of my Dandelion Balm, available in my Etsy shop, or salve. You can learn to make your own salve here, or grab yours from my shop!

This amazing balm, created with only the finest organic ingredients, assists in relieving tension & pain and can be used as a lip & cuticle moisturizer as well!

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Use dandelion oil when making herbal bath bombs!

Or use dandelion oil in lieu of other oils when making homemade body lotions and butters!

Dandelion oil makes a wonderful addition when making a homemade, healing gardener’s hand and skin salve for yourself or to give as a gift!

Use dandelion oil that you’ve infused yourself as the base for oil cleansing the face, and ancient Ayurvedic method of cleansing and caring for the skin.

Use your infused dandelion oil as is as a wonderful hand and skin moisturizer, applying it directly and massaging it in well.

Dandelion oil makes a wonderful diaper rash ointment or salve!

Use it as an oil in soap making!

You get the idea. Capture the healing properties, the medicinal properties, and the sweet scent of dandelions by making your own dandelion infused oil.


As with any foraging endeavor, be sure if its not on your own property you have permission to forage and gather. And ALWAYS be sure what you are foraging is free from any harmful sprays, pesticides, herbicides, and the like!

When harvesting any flower, be sure to do so on a warm, sunny day, making sure all traces of moisture or morning dew has completely dried.

Harvest fully opened flowers that are mature and healthy looking. Snip the flowerhead from the stem by either using garden snips or scissors, or simply “pop” the flower off the stem with a quick snap!

To make dandelion oil (infused) you will need a full jar of flower heads, so be prepared to spend a little time when harvesting. The little’s really enjoy this process. Hint. Hint 😅

Once you’ve gathered and harvested all the dandelions you will need, inspect them for insects and dirt or debris. I personally don’t encourage “washing” the flowers as I don’t like to add any further moisture which can lead to molding or decay when making the infused oil. Obviously, should your flowers be full of dirt, you may need to give them a quick rinse. However, be sure they are fully dry before using as stated below.

Before you can begin making your dandelion oil, the dandelion flowers need to be completely dry.

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It’s imperative that the dandelion flowers be completely dry before using in the making of your dandelion oil. Fresh flower heads which have not been properly dried can lead to the infused oil turning rancid, especially when making your oil using a slower method or time method for infusion. More on that below.

When it comes to drying methods you have a couple choices. The fast method or the slow.


Should you be looking to make your oil infusion quickly, you need to get those flower heads dried quickly first.

Using a dehydrator, lay the flower heads out flat on a dehydrator rack or shelf. Depending on the dehydrator you have, turn on the lowest temperature possible. Keeping an eye on them closely, it will take anywhere between 12 to 24 hours for the flowers to fully dry.


Personally, I prefer to use the slow drying method for my dandelion flowers. Saves me from using lots of energy, thus saving me $$$.

To dry the flowers using the slow method, simply layout the flowers in a single layer on a towel, rack, or screen and let dry for 12-36 hours to remove as much moisture as possible. The time needed really depends largely on the climate of which you reside, higher humidity area’s plan on it taking longer to see your end result.


Gather your supplies you will need. They are simple and most likely ones that you have available already.


  • Container – Think mason jar (great for easily determining amounts made), recycled or repurposed glass jars
  • Cover – A loose fitting, breathable cover is best. Coffee filter, re-used cloth, cheesecloth used with a rubber band works wonderful
  • Oil – Oil of your choice to infuse. I prefer to use an organic EVOO, but grapeseed oil, jojoba oil or any oil of your preference would work. More on oils below
  • DANDELION FLOWER HEADS – Enough dandelion flower heads that have been dried to fill your jar

Read below on the different methods for infusing the dandelion oil to determine whether you will be using the optional slow cooker.

Dandelion infused oil blossom preparation

There are two methods of infusing your oil. Time (slow or cold infusion) or heat (fast or heat infusion).

I prefer to use the “time” method as I love gathering the energy of the sun and allowing its heat to do the work for me, extracting the dandelions healing properties and infusing them into the oil.


To make the infused oil using the time or cold infusion method, simply fill whatever size jar, clear jar preferred, you may have with your wilted flower heads leaving at least 3/4 inch headspace (top of the jar).

Cover with your preferred carrier oil. Use a butter knife to push the blossoms under the oil and remove any air bubbles that may have developed.

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Cover the jar and place directly in the sun if possible or on the sunniest window you have available with a breathable cloth lid, securing it in place with a rubber band.

Let sit for at least 2 weeks, gently stirring every so often to mix all that goodness infusing into the oil.

Molding or the risk of the oil turning rancid is nil when the dandelion flowers are completely dried and the jar is allowed to breath via the cloth lid.

Time method of making dandelion infused oil

Strain the flowers from the oil, squeezing as much of the oil from the flowers as possible.

Store in an air-tight container in a dark cupboard. Your oil is now ready for use!


There are those traditionalist’s out there who do not recommend using heat when infusing oils. With care, and using VERY low heat, this method can work in a pinch should you be in a hurry for the oil.

Fill a jar of your choice with completely dried dandelion flower heads. Cover with your preferred carrier oil. Use a butter knife to push the blossoms under the oil and remove any air bubbles that may have developed.

Cover your jar with several layers of cheesecloth or breathable covering such as a coffee filter, and secure with an elastic band.

Place a folded kitchen towel in the bottom of a slow cooker. Place your jar of oil & flower heads on the towel.

Fill the slow cooker with water until the water reaches about halfway up your jar. Do NOT cover the slow cooker.

Set on the lowest setting and allow it to run for 12-24 hours. Replenish the water if needed during the heat time.

Strain and squeeze as much oil from the spent dandelion flowers as possible, draining the oil into another jar for storage.

Store the dandelion oil infusion in a dark, cool cupboard. I keep mine, ready to use, in my home apothecary cupboard.

Infusions are quick, easy to make, and full of nourishing benefits. These methods can easily be used for other forms of infusions as well.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my article, “How To Make & Use Calendula Oil” for another infused oil variation.

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When it comes to deciding which carrier oil to infuse with your dandelions really boils down to personal preference.

I love the healing benefits of EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil), which include anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antibacterial and emollient properties.

Jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel, or tamanu oils are all great alternatives. These oils can be mixed as well in ratios. For instance, half EVOO and half jojoba oil etc. I encourage you to give them a trial run to see which works best for you.


If this is your first time making an infused oil, good for you! Dandelion oil is one of the easiest to make!

With all of my home apothecary items I make, I make it a habit to ALWAYS label the items. You may think you will remember what it is in that jar, but I can attest from experience, the sniff test often doesn’t work on trying to identify what exactly is in there 😅

So label your items with the name of the product AND the date it was jarred or made. Dandelion oil remains useable for about a year. Thereafter, plan on making fresh.

Better yet in addition to labeling just the jar, keep a log. I use a pantry log from my Kitchen Inventory & Meal Planning printable set to keep an ongoing log of what I have on hand in my apothecary cupboard. You can grab your copy of this printable set HERE.

I hope this spring you can take a few moments, gather some dandelions and make your own dandelion oil infusion!

Will you be making dandelion oil infusion this year?

Love, Light, & Laughter ~


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Carol March 26, 2022 - 1:13 pm

I never knew dandelions were so useful and beneficial. Thanks for posting the instructions and information.

Angela March 23, 2022 - 6:33 pm

Excellent. My mum used to get it by the bussels and boil/steep it for the drink, as she had periodic attacks of stones. It apparantly can also dispolve them YAY!

Suzan Ferreira March 25, 2022 - 12:23 pm

Yes! Dandelion is so efficacious for the body, inside and out! Thanks so much for reading 🤗

Dash May 19, 2021 - 8:25 pm

Hi Suzan,
You were featured this week again on the hop!
Thank you for sharing with us! I think you have the best site for homesteading out there! The way you step out your projects and add great info. keeps me coming back for more!
Blessings, Dash

Suzan Ferreira May 29, 2021 - 3:19 pm

Hi Dash~

Thank you for your kind words! I’m so pleased you are enjoying my content. It means a lot coming from you!


Debi Goldben December 17, 2019 - 2:00 pm

When we lived in the midwest, dandelions were the “go-to” when we needed to treat in the rabbitry. If there was an eating or digestive issue, dandelions worked wonders whether it was constipation or diarrhea. And if a bun wasn’t eating much of anything, a handful of dandelion greens made all the difference. A batch or two of dandelion jelly was always a big hit with the family over biscuits as well. I almost never see them anywhere here in Florida and miss them. Maybe I need to cultivate my own crop of them!

Suzan Ferreira December 17, 2019 - 2:23 pm

They are a magical “weed” 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

T.M. Brown July 9, 2019 - 12:33 am

Hmmm…I would have never thought to make an oil with dandelions. This was an interesting post to read ~ “ya learn something every day.”

Suzan Ferreira July 9, 2019 - 9:25 am

Yes, we do Tina! Hope you give it a try!

Emily July 4, 2019 - 8:34 pm

My grandma used to use dandelions in SO many things! 🙂

Lina July 4, 2019 - 10:25 am

I never knew of all these great benefits of the dandelions. Will have to put them to good use now. They are everywhere.

Jennifer Morrison July 4, 2019 - 3:58 am

This sounds so much easier that I thought it would be. I have heard it is so good for reducing inflammation. I didn’t realize that it had so many other benefits.

Suzan Ferreira July 5, 2019 - 10:22 am

Super easy! Hope you give it a try!

Cindy July 4, 2019 - 2:34 am

I love this! I’m excited to make my own dandelion oil, using the sunlight method. Dandelion has such amazing health benefits.

Maria July 3, 2019 - 7:01 pm

I just read recently about the benefits of dandelion. This just helped confirm the other stuff I read. Thank you for such an informative post!

Suzan Ferreira July 5, 2019 - 10:22 am

You are welcome, Maria!

Michele July 3, 2019 - 5:33 pm

So many benefits and I have never heard of any of them! Thanks for sharing : )

Suzan Ferreira July 5, 2019 - 10:22 am

You’re welcome Michele!

Laura Lee July 3, 2019 - 12:34 am

My mom and her 11 siblings grew up eating dandelion, mostly because money was an issue and they could go pick it and have gobs of it. They put hot bacon dressing on it. I love the way it smells, but never developed a taste for it. I think I’m going to dry the infused oil, though. And, tell my mom that she didn’t even realize all the health benefits she was getting from eating it!

Suzan Ferreira July 3, 2019 - 3:09 pm

Oh, wow…hot bacon dressing! My Dad grew up eating the greens every spring as a spring “tonic”…known to cleanse the organs. Thanks so much for reading!

Karla July 2, 2019 - 9:18 pm

I think we (the Littles and me) will make some of this. We have dandelions everywhere all summer long! They love lotions and creams, so they will especially like using their own creation!

Suzan Ferreira July 3, 2019 - 3:09 pm

Yay! Let me know how they enjoy it!

Alexandra July 2, 2019 - 6:27 pm

Great post! thank you for sharing! this is sooo cool. I’ve never thought about the benefits of this plant. pinned it for future try-out

Suzan Ferreira July 3, 2019 - 3:10 pm

Thank you, Alexandra! Hope you give it a try!

Magan July 2, 2019 - 3:13 pm

I had no idea dandelions were beneficial to our health! Thanks for sharing.

Shirley July 2, 2019 - 11:31 am

Wow, I had no idea dandelion infused oil was a thing! Now, I want to add this project to my list for next Spring. Thank you!!

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 11:57 am

Hope you can…usually no short of supply come spring 🙂

Karie July 2, 2019 - 5:57 am

I had never heard about dandelions being anything but a nusiance. Except for now I am recalling a bear book I read as a child that I think they mentioned dandelion tea but I guess I thought that was for bears. lol This is good to know

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:41 am

All edible! I guess the bears know a thing or two 🙂

Adrienne B Redelings July 2, 2019 - 4:43 am

Looks like a fun project to do with the kids. They can help with the picking!

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:41 am


Kendra July 2, 2019 - 3:17 am

Total dandelion fan here! I never thought of making oil, however. Interesting for sure!

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:43 am

Give it a try! Easy & beneficial.

Leigh Ann July 2, 2019 - 3:05 am

Your dandelions oil as a lip balm sounds amazing! I’m very impressed!

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:43 am

Thanks Leigh Ann! I have lip balms available if your interested 🙂

Tricia Snow July 2, 2019 - 3:05 am

I love this recipe! Dandelions are so beneficial for you! Thanks!

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:44 am

You are most welcome!

Dena July 2, 2019 - 2:21 am

Herbs are so amazing! Who would have thought a beautiful little wishing weed would have so many amazing benefits?! I’ll have to try this one and let you know how it goes! 🙂

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:44 am

Please do!

Angela July 2, 2019 - 1:59 am

Since dandelions seem to take over our lawn this time of year, great to know a use for them. Thanks

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:44 am

LOL, usually no shortages 🙂

Kymberly Irwin July 2, 2019 - 1:52 am

I still think this would make an awesome centerpiece with fresh dandelions on top! 🙂

jen July 2, 2019 - 1:11 am

love the post. very pretty and very useful.

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:44 am

Thank you Jen!

Cynthia Mackintosh July 2, 2019 - 12:17 am

So many uses for this and I have never heard of this before. Thank you for sharing this!

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:45 am

Your welcome Cynthia!

Haley Kelley July 1, 2019 - 9:27 pm

Love that you shared something that dandelions can be good for! We have so many and I would love to use them instead of pull them and throw them away lol

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Laura July 1, 2019 - 8:18 pm

So many uses for dandelion. Great info! Thanks

Suzan Ferreira July 2, 2019 - 10:45 am

Your welcome!

Jennifer July 1, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Dandelions are so useful! Thanks for all the awesome info!

Holly Bird July 1, 2019 - 5:20 pm

I love this! I am going to give this a try! Dandelions are everywhere in Arizona and did not know about the benefits of this plant! Thank you!

Suzan Ferreira July 1, 2019 - 7:24 pm

Thank you, Holly. Where there are dandelions there are usually an abundance 🙂

Kate July 1, 2019 - 4:15 pm

I pinned this yesterday before reading this post today! Can’t wait to try it. I’m asking the neighbor if I can pick all of her dandelions — I figure it will help out my lawn too if they don’t go to seed:)

Suzan Ferreira July 1, 2019 - 5:06 pm

Thank you for reading & pinning! What a nice neighbor 🙂 Be sure the lawn or areas you are harvesting are untreated & pesticide free!

Alice V July 1, 2019 - 10:46 am

I’ve never made my own oils although I do have a book on herbs and flowers and creating infusions but never really got around to playing with ingredients and the actual plants themselves. I have made my own booty butter for my children when they were still in diapers that worked wonders. Thanks for sharing this great how-to. saving it for later!

Suzan Ferreira July 1, 2019 - 5:09 pm

Glad you enjoyed it & will be giving it a try! Nothing like handcrafted personal care products!

Create With Joy June 28, 2019 - 11:48 pm

Thanks for joining us for Friendship Friday at Create With Joy, Suzan – I’m SO delighted to meet you! I LOVE your blog – especially your delicious recipes – and your Dandelion Oil Infusion is right up my alley!

Be sure to join us for Inspire Me Monday as well. I truly look forward to getting to know you and reading more of your articles (which are right where I’m at in life right now! 🙂

Suzan Ferreira June 29, 2019 - 1:41 pm

My pleasure & I’m so glad you enjoyed my How To Make Dandelion Oil Infusion and some other articles on my site! It’s always wonderful to hear feedback. I look forward to sharing & exploring and look forward to Inspire Me Monday as well.

Kyndall Bennett June 27, 2019 - 11:51 pm

I didn’t know that dandelions were edible until I read The Hunger Games!!

Suzan Ferreira June 28, 2019 - 10:05 am

LOL! Thanks so much Kyndall for stopping by!

Dee | Grammy's Grid June 27, 2019 - 10:46 pm

All good info! Pinned ♥

Suzan Ferreira June 28, 2019 - 10:05 am

Thank you Dee!

Chas Greener June 27, 2019 - 1:14 am

I absolutely love this and it is such interesting information. Thank you so much for sharing with To Grandma’s House We Go – I’ll be featuring you next week – Pinned!

Suzan Ferreira June 27, 2019 - 10:53 am

Thank you so much, Chas! I appreciate it & enjoy the party.

Claire Armstrong June 26, 2019 - 6:06 pm

I didn’t know dandelions had so many health benefits. I have a load in my rather wild garden, I might gather them and make some oil.

Suzan Ferreira June 27, 2019 - 10:53 am

Nature’s gifts to us all. Hope you enjoy it!

Joanne July 1, 2019 - 3:47 pm

I am going to do this! Not only for the health benefits but to get rid of the dandelions all over my lawn 😆

Suzan Ferreira July 1, 2019 - 5:07 pm

Win win!!


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