Dandelion Lavender Body butter!!!!
I have wondered for sometime about using what I had always considered as the weeds in my yard for their nutritional value. Years ago, I had a friend to tell me that she wanted to pick dandelions at my house because she was making tea with the flowers. It seems they grow very quickly after the rain and before my husband has a chance to cut the grass.
I started thinking about what were some other uses for dandelions. I did some research and discovered dandelion flowers have a lot of vitamins and antioxidants in them. This is especially useful when you are putting it on your skin.
That is why I began the task of making my own whipped body butter.
This was not a labor-intensive project but definitely took a lot of patience!
For my first batch, I did not let my oil steep as long as it should have ( I was too impatient). But I have some more oil that is steeping and will have more of the dandelion nutrients.
My whipped body butter:
- 1/2 cup dandelion infused coconut oil
- 1/2 cups Shea butter
- 15 drops @youngliving lavender essential oil
Melt the Shea butter in a double boiler
Remove from heat and add in the dandelion infused coconut oil and lavender essential oil
Cool until slightly opaque. Mix with whip attachment in a kitchenaid type stand mixer or hand blender for 5-10 minutes. It will have soft peaks.
To make the dandelion infused oil:
pick 2 cups dandelion flowers and dry 7-10 days on a cookie sheet
put in 16oz jar, top with coconut oil (preferred organic unrefined cold pressed) and cover and allow to sit in a warm spot 4-5 days.
strain and use oil in recipes