Making stuff with dandelion oil


20150425_110501 So here’s what the dandelion oil I infused a month ago now looks like: a lovely sunny yellow.  It has a slightly bitter but pleasant smell to it, so it was time to start doing stuff with it.

First project: moisturizer bars. 20150425_110438I gently heated equal parts dandelion oil, beeswax, and shea butter until the solids melted together.  20150425_111340  Then I just poured the liquid into molds.  I was hoping to use the little plastic Easter eggs I got a few weeks ago, but, even lined with plastic wrap, they didn’t really work.  Canning jar lids lined with the wrap, though, worked perfectly.  20150425_111701I may opt to add some essential oil next time, for the additional healing properties and to disguise the slightly funky smell of the shea butter.  The mixture cools pretty quickly, though it stays soft.  It melts nicely into the skin, too.

Since my Easter egg molds didn’t quite work for the moisturizer, I figured I’d press them into use elsewhere, so I made another batch of bath bombs, using more of the dandelion oil.  I did yellow larger eggs scented with chocolate and orange, and them smaller blue ones for colds: eucalyptus, thyme,and Four Thieves blend.  The eggs worked perfectly for molding the bombs, making them totally worth my approximately $3.50 investment. So here’s the day’s makings: 20150426_075346.

Today is cold and rainy, so it seems like a good project day.  I’ve done a bunch of cooking for the week (boring, I know) and then I made a batch of healing salve.  20150426_100951 This is 3.5 ounces of dandelion oil, .5 ounces of beeswax, and some lavender essential oil.  The original recipe calls for something called tamanu oil, but I don’t have any, and a cursory look through the essential oils section of the store yesterday didn’t reveal any, so I stuck with lavender. Now, I think, it’s time for more cooking for the week!  Woo!


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