Coconut oil, reputed to have many health benefits when used both internally and externally, is readily available in most areas. I live in small town USA and found two types to choose from in my local grocery store. I buy it in larger quantities for soap making and other projects, through Mountain Rose Herbs.
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Dandelion flowers have been traditionally used to heal rough, chapped skin and soothe sore, achy muscles. In this recipe, it also lends a natural, buttery-yellow tint to the finished product. Not only is this combination great for human skin, but I safely use it on my dogs as well.
Here are a few ways to use whipped dandelion coconut oil moisturizer, but you can probably think of plenty more!
- Use straight on the skin as a moisturizer.
- Use as a treatment for flaky scalp.
- Use as a soothing aftershave.
- Use as a chapstick.
- Use as a massage cream for sore back, legs, and feet.
- Use on your pet’s skin irritations.
Please note that while many enjoy the benefits of coconut oil, some may find it too drying or show signs of allergy to it. Be sure to apply to a small test spot before rubbing on large areas. If you use coconut oil and find that your skin gets increasingly dry, red, or irritated, discontinue use and look for coconut-free alternatives. (You may want to consider a similar infusing method with different oils as used in Dandelion Salve and Dandelion Lotion Bars recipes.)
To make, first you’ll need to pick some dandelion flowers. Be sure to gather them from areas that have not been sprayed by chemicals. Also, because dandelion flowers are an important spring food source for several little critters, including honey bees, don’t pick any one area clean. I try to pick one flower for every two that I leave. That still gives me plenty to work with! (I bought that pretty, hand-made basket in the photo from 1840 Farm.com.)
Once you’ve picked your flowers, leave them in a sheltered spot outdoors for an hour or two to let any little ants and such crawl away. Bring them inside and let them finish drying, spread out in a single layer over a clean dishcloth or paper towel. Let your dandelions air dry for several days or even up to a week or two before using.
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of dried dandelion flowers
and add them to a heat proof glass jar. Set this jar down into a saucepan that contains a few inches of water in the bottom. This will create a make-shift double boiler of sorts.
Set the pan over a medium-low burner for about two hours. This indirect heat melts the coconut oil and helps infuse the goodness of the dandelions into it. Keep a close eye on everything to make sure the water doesn’t all evaporate out.
Remove from heat and strain into a small mixing bowl or pitcher while still warm. Tuck the strained oil into the refrigerator until firm.
Using a hand mixer, beat the chilled coconut oil for about five minutes or until it’s light and fluffy. I like to leave this moisturizer unscented, but you could add a few drops of skin safe essential oil such as lavender or peppermint, if you’d like.
Spoon into jars and store in a cool place. The amounts given should perfectly fill one four-ounce jelly jar. It will melt easily, so if you have a warm house, store it in the refrigerator. It will harden from the cold, but just let it sit out at room temperature a while before use.
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