Dandelions are some of the first spring flowers to appear. They are a useful beauty ingredient added to the bath or used as a hair rinse. The jagged green leaves can be infused in oil to fade age spots and freckles. Here is a simple recipe to try at home:
Dandelion Age Spot Oil
1 /4 cup fresh, chopped dandelion leaves
2 tablespoons castor oil
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
Make sure the dandelion leaves are clean and dry. (Also be sure the leaves you use have not been sprayed with chemicals. I usually use the ones from my yard which I know are safe.) Place the leaves and oils in a heat-resistant container and gently warm. Do not boil. Let the mixture sit for at least 3 hours. Strain out all the leaves and pour into a clean bottle with a tight fitting cork or lid.
To use: Rub a small amount of the oil into your skin daily. It may take several weeks, but you will see your freckles and ages spots begin to fade.
Yield: 2 ounces
Start a dandelion garden! They are pollinator friendly and easy to grow. Simply collect those fluffy puffballs of seeds and plant them in a corner of your yard. They will grow in almost every soil type.