Dandelions for Skincare - What Does Science Say?
Even science agrees dandelions 'warrant further study'.
Science usually says this kind of thing when it finds evidence that some of the folklore claims aren't all fairy tales and fantasy.
And it's true: there is hidden treasure in this multifunctional plant.
Shall we take a closer look at dandelions?
Infused and UsedPictured above is a side-by-side infusion I did earlier this year of dandelion blossoms and the leaves-and-stems in 2 different oils.
I combined these 2 infused oils with a few other other plant-based soothing ingredients into a balm for myself. This was a combination of tests, research, experimentation, and (ok, I admit it) playing around.
When I get results that both surprise and delight, I am inspired to dig even more. Meantime, I thought I'd share what I've found so far with you.
Dandelions Have Healing PropertiesScience agrees the chemical composition of Taraxacum officinale (that's INCI for dandelion) makes it helpful and useful for numerous medical conditions and ailments.
- antimicrobial (to some degree)
All that from a weed most homeowners are trying to banish from their gardens.
Extraction Methods are Up for DiscussionThe latest scientific articles I have found on dandelions seem to be focused on examination of which plant part has the most to offer in the way of actives. Some studies are focussed on the root while others are even looking at plant part depending on what time of year it is harvested for extraction.
Extraction methods are also being examined for which is most efficient. Ethanol extraction seems to be getting the most attention, although there are a few scientific souls looking into oil extraction as we speak.
If you want to see where I've been digging, check the links below for more information.
LisaLise Soothing Dandelion Balm ExperimentAs for me and my original inspiration for getting more serious about this plant, it was a comment about possible pain relief that caught my attention. Admittedly, the commenter was taking it internally (by the drop as a tincture), but the idea of seeing if topical application might provide some pain relief got me interested enough to start a few infusions and make a balm for tired aching feet.
You know when you have been on your feet all day and your feet start yelling at you to sit down? That kind of aching.
Here's balm batch one. I've already been through it because darned if it didn't surprise me in a good way.
I got such a great response from my extensive test team (foot left and foot right) that I have already done additional batches and handed out a samples to a few willing testers.
Still waiting on feedback, but I will update on whether or not dandelions are the be-all, end-all cure for pain.
(I doubt it, but at least my feet are responding well).
Do TellDo you use dandelions in any of your skincare products? Please share what your experiences are in a comment below!
More About Dandelions: Nerdy StuffTotal Phenolic Content, Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activities of Some Medicinal Plants
Dandelion (taracum officinale and T Mongolicum), Erik Yarnell, Kathy Abascal
Taraxacum Officiale herb as an Antiinflammatory Medicine, American Journal of Advanced Drug delivery
Taraxacum- a review on its phytochemical and pharmacological profile
Anti inflammatory evaluation of the methanolic extract of taraxacum officinale in LPS stimulated human umbilical vein endolethial cells (not oil extracted, but still interesting)
Topical herbal Therapies and Alternative and Complementary Choice to Combat Acne
Investigation of bioactive compounds from taraxacum officinale and morus nigra
Taraxacum: an overview (Science Direct)
Qualitative and Quantitative analysis of phytochemicals of Taraxacum Officinale