While some people pull them out, douse them in pesticides, or mow them over, I collect dandelions as soon as they start appearing in the early spring. I’ve even gone so far as to gather them from nieghbor’s lawns (after I’ve made sure they don’t use chemical pesticides, of course), and I hope after you’ve read this, you’ll treat them with the same respect.
No, I don’t view these radiant yellow flowers as weeds, but rather a versatile medicinal plant packed with vitamins and nourishment.
The fresh dandelion greens, flower tops, and roots contain valuable constituents that are known to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties, so why waste them?
Dandelions are also very versatile. I’ve made dandelion “coffee” and tea with the dried root, added the young leaves to salads and stir-frys, made dandelion tinctures (which make an awesome blood and liver tonic), and used the flowers to infuse oils with, which I use for lip balms and gardening salves.
Today, I want to share with you just one of the many ways that you can put this plant to use in a recipe: dandelion lip balm. And if you’re looking for a nourishing and healing lip balm that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, then you’ve definitely found your match.
Some Fun Facts About Dandelions
- Dandelions are in the same family as sunflowers.
- Up until the 1800s, people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile.
- Dandelions can be used to make wine (I’ve made it!).
- The dandelion seed can travel up to 5 miles (8km) before it plants itself.
- Dandelions are dynamic accumulators – that means they can draw nutrients such as nitrogen from the soil and concentrate them in their leaves and roots.
- The dandelion is a popular diuretic (increases urine output).
- 1 cup of dandelion greens provides 535% of your daily recommended vitamin K intake and 112% of vitamin A. (source)
Making Dandelion Lip Balm: A Two Step Process
The first step to making this dandelion lip balm is to make the dandelion-infused oil. (Learn how to infuse flowers and herb in oil HERE.
Specifically for this infusion, I just use the dandelion flower (because they give the lip balm a happy, bright yellow color) and equal parts castor oil (which gives the balm a glossy shin) and sweet almond oil.
Now that you have beautiful, golden, dandelion oil, you can start to make your lip balm.
- a glass jar for melting the oils
- a kitchen scale (which will make our life a lot easier; read about our favorite kitchen scale used in Pronounce Skincare here)
- about 4-6 lip balm containers – you can use old lip balm tubes and tins, or even a small jar if you had nothing else on-hand.
I highly recommend investing in a kitchen scale if you don’t already have one. They make life so much easier when making homemade lip balm, salves (homemade eczema relief salve by myself and soothing tooshie salve by Scratch Mommy), body butter, and moisturizer, and give the most consistent and accurate results.
- 1 Tbsp (15g) organic beeswax pastilles (organic, filtered beeswax here)
- 2 Tbsp (30g) organic shea butter (pure, raw, organic shea butter here)
- 3 Tbsp (45g) dandelion oil (learn how to infuse oils here)
- a few drops of vitamin E oil (non-GMO vitamin E oil like this)
- 20-30 drops of essential oils (I like to use rosemary + sweet orange or tea tree; find organic, sustainable essential oils here)
- Infuse dandelion flowers with castor oil and sweet almond oil as mentioned in the section "Making Dandelion Oil: A Two Step Process"
- Once you're infusion is complete, measure out all of the ingredients, except the essential oils and vitamin E oil, into a glass, jar. Place the jar in a pan of simmering water in order to create a double-boiler effect - this will prevent the oils from burning.
- Once the oil, butter and wax has melted, remove from heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E.
- Pour into containers and leave to sit at room temperature until the oils have solidified.