Several of you readers warned me about how easily Dandelion blossoms in oil can mold. Armed with that information I was very careful to check my brewing infusion the last few weeks and stir out air bubbles every single day. I just knew mine was going to be the exception! But alas, about three weeks into the brew time, I noticed several brown spots along the side of the jar of my lovely Dandelion oil infusion. Thankfully, I was able to save most of it anyway.
I went ahead and strained the flowers out as soon as I saw the first bit of mold. It didn’t appear to be throughout the batch, but only along the side of the jar, so most of the obvious mold was left behind when I poured it out. Then I put the strained oil into a fresh, clean, dry jar and left it to sit for a couple days.
The mold is attached to any water in the oil (originally from the fresh blossoms) and the water is heavier than the oil, so all of the yucky part settled to the bottom of the jar after a day or two. Then I just carefully poured off the clean top layer leaving behind the part where all the mold had gathered.
The result is spectacular! I let the clean oil sit for another week just to be sure I had gotten all the mold out, and it is perfect. Next time I make this, I plan to dry the blossoms a bit before infusing.
I used it for the first time a couple of nights ago, and I can hardly believe how wonderfully well it works. My neck and hips and lower back were achy from a long day sitting at the computer, so I rubbed some of the oil into those areas. Boy! Instant relaxation! The ache went right out of my muscles, and I got really sleepy. Since I had the oil out, I decided to go ahead and do a breast massage with it also. Then I fell right to sleep and slept better than I have all week. A wonderful blessing for this peri-menopausal woman who often sleeps poorly these days!
This is one of my new favorite massage oils. It doesn’t smell as heavenly as my other favorite, Goldenrod Oil, but it does have powerful healing magic. I’m going to keep working with it to try to work out some of the chronic tension in my neck shoulders and back. Lot’s of emotions stored there, ya know. A few weeks ago I started massage school, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunity to use it in the coming months!