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.
My cuz and I were painting 🖼 and she was talking about a skin issue her son has. I decided to make her a oatmeal-lavender bath ball 🛁 Both oatmeal and lavender are naturally soothing for skin. Apricot oil is a natural moisturizer and has helped me with my eczema.
In the midst of making it, I thought to take a few pictures to share with you all.
I didn’t measure anything. I mixed about 1/4 cup apricot oil with 15 drops @youngliving lavender essential oil. Then poured that into about 2 cups of @quaker old fashion oats. Mixed until all oats are coated.
Spooned half of mixture into a pantyhose (you can use cheesecloth or something permeable like a giant tea bag).
Secure end so that the oats don’t leak out. Easy peasy 😁 Now when lil man gets his next bath, he will soak and have some relief!
We are now deep into fall. The crisp, cool air is changing the color of the leaves. The time change earlier this month means that nighttime comes earlier.
I feel like I should be getting ready for bed, look at my watch, and see it is only 5:45pm! It’s so dark!!!
For the fall, I prefer warm, spicy scents like cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and nutmeg in the diffuser. These smell “cozy” to me. It is true that scents can create feelings of nostalgia. I imagine myself snuggled up by the fireplace, basking in its heat, about to fall asleep. Because when it is cold and rainy outside, all I want to do is sleep.
To help me to deal with the blues of shorter daylight hours, I pair those spicy scented oils with orange or other citrus oils. I feel like that is a good balance and they complement each other nicely.