Thursday, 9 January 2014

Sunshine in a jar

In what is turning out to be a dark, wet January it's nice to be reminded of brighter times.
Lacking the funds to travel to warmer places I have looked back to the sunnier parts of last summer and I can't think of anything that captures those days better than a batch of salves I made from the sunniest of all the weeds. Dandelion Flowers.

This method works for pretty much any infused oil but this one looks so pretty I wanted to share it.

I made a dandelion infused oil by steeping the heads in a mixture of olive and sweet almond oils

As you can see I use a combination of a jam funnel and a coffee
 filter to strain out the oil from the plant material

   I heated the oil gently over some just on the boil water.

When the oil was warm enough, I added beeswax and a few drops of essential oils

  I poured the resulting liquid salve into some glass jars

The salve labeled and ready to go.


  1. ooo I'll have to try this it sounds so simple! And the bright yellow colour is amazing :)

  2. It's a good way to get into making your own skin care/ herbal goodies and the possibilities are pretty much endless