Saving My Dandelion Flower Oil

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!

9 Responses to “Saving My Dandelion Flower Oil”

  1. Elly on 13 May 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I too had heard about the mold thing, so I just infused mine on the window sill for one week then bottled it. Spectacular oil, sunshine in a bottle. BTW – I always use jojoba oil for the base, I find it keeps for longer than olive oil and I never have a problem with rancidity particularly as I like to add essential oils to my blends.
    Love your posts, keep up the good work.
    Green Blessings

  2. Sue on 13 May 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I have been working with dandelion blossoms for years, and I find that if I let them sit for 24 to 36 hours wilting, no mold problem….I’ll wait up to 3 to 4 days after a rain to pick, as our little rays of sunshine will hold moisture for a very long time.
    She is one of my favorites for sore muscles too!!

  3. tammy on 13 May 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Sue!! Thanks for that great advice. I’m definitely going to follow it next time. Are you able to infuse your oil for the full 6 weeks doing it that way?

    Elly, I haven’t used jojoba much yet. I do have some on the shelf that I’ve been wondering what to do with. The roses are starting to bloom, so I may infuse some rose blossoms with it. I hear that will make a wonderful moisturizer. Thanks for reading. I appreciate all your input!!

  4. the Witchen Kitchen Beginner Herbal » Blog Archive » Oh, My Aching Back on 13 May 2008 at 10:29 pm

    […] flower oil provides INSTANT pain relief for sore muscles in the back and neck.  I already wrote how it helped me so well the first time I used it, but tonight I decided to test it to see if it would work again in the same miraculous way, […]

  5. Sue on 14 May 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I have no problem letting my oil (Olive Oli) sit the full 6 weeks and longer. I’ve learned many tough lessons with this beautiful plant.

  6. tammy on 14 May 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Awesome, Sue. Thanks for sharing those lessons with us!! Next time we’ll know

  7. plantainpatch on 16 May 2008 at 8:07 am

    My first batch has been sitting for a week. Thanks for your findings! I am hoping mine won’t mold. We’ll see.

  8. frances on 15 Jun 2008 at 10:43 am

    i have had similar challenges with mold in herbal oils
    yet have found an easy way to make beautiful and effective mold free oils. Cover your herbs/flowers with your oil of choice in a glass jar~ place the glass jar in a water filled crock pot set on low~ infuse this way ( refilling water to keep level up ) stirring occasionally for 3-4 days. Voila! truly a wonderful way to make fresh plant oils.

  9. tammy on 15 Jun 2008 at 9:35 pm

    thanks for this info, Frances. I’ve yet to try a hot infused oil. Do you cover your jar while it is infusing?

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