Another week of stay at home is done. And everyone her is doing okay. Spent a quite Easter and Good Friday but did find some time to get out in the yard. After all the rain we had the yard is filled with dandelion. Time for lotion bars.
Making the oil:
- Fill a glass jar half full of dried dandelion tops and pour enough oil on top to completely cover the plant matter. For this recipe we’re using sweet almond oil.
- Let the jar sit in a sunny place for 2-4 weeks, shaking occasionally.
- Once the dandelion has fully macerated use cheesecloth or a super clean, old t-shirt to strain the herbs from the oil. Really squeeze the dandelion as those last bits of oil are the most potent.
- Give the herbs a last run through a coffee filter to remove any small pieces of flowers.
- The used dandelion is great for the compost pile!
Lotion Bars :
- 1 part Beeswax
- 1 part shea butter
- 1 part dandelion infused oil
- Measure out the beeswax, shea butter, and dandelion oil into a canning jar or heatproof container. I use a recycled tin can for this project for ease of cleanup.( about 3/4 C each)
- Set the container of ingredients down into a pan containing an inch or two of almost simmering water, creating a makeshift double boiler.
- Allow the water to indirectly heat the contents until the beeswax is melted. Overheated shea butter can get grainy, so keep a close eye on the mixture and remove from heat as soon as it appears melted.