Dandelion Coconut Muscle Relief Oil

This year, I have put no energy, whatever, into ridding my space of dandelions. In fact, I have put them to work for me!

This kitchen magic: Dandelion Coconut Muscle Rub

Wonderful for undoing, when you have overdone it.

It requires:

  • A glass canning jar including lid and ring, larger than total volume of finished product
  • liquified coconut oil
  • a large handful of flowering dandelion tops
  • A sunny afternoon window sill, daily for 2 weeks

That’s it.

Place the dandelion flowers in the bottom of the sterile, entirely dry jar.

flowers! not weeds.

flowers! not weeds.

 

Pour the oil over the flowers to entirely cover.

shake daily, while a liquid.

shake daily, while a liquid.

Place lid and ring on jar and firmly tighten.

Place jar in the sunny window.

solid coconut oil and dandelions

solid coconut oil and dandelions

 

The oil with solidify when it isn’t 76 degrees, so it needs to reach that temperature every day, and be shaken gently. This is completely easy if it can “live” in a western or southern window in the Summer, because the sun does the warming. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the jar can be placed in a shallow pan of water and gently warmed, but this is definitely more work and dedication.

Shake daily for 2 weeks and strain.

wamr, strained oil

warm, strained oil

finished product

finished product

The finished product is a wonderful oil rub for sore muscles as is, and would make an ideal additive to beeswax for a heavier salve.

 

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Coconut oil and your plumbing…

A cautionary tale about using coconut oil as liberally as I do.

For many weeks, now, I have been using coconut oil for almost every single application imaginable, and I have fallen more in love with it every day.

However, there is a note of caution I feel compelled to pass along: Coconut oil can and will block your pipes if not used very carefully.

Coconut oil’s very nature keeps it solid at under 76 degrees, and a liquid, above. This makes it the ideal moisturizer to slather on after a shower, but before towel-drying. Using it in the shower should be safe enough, as the water you are showering with will generally be hotter than 76 degrees.

However, if you are using it to brush your teeth with, as I have, you must remember to rinse the brush and all “spitting” with hot water, to prevent it from clogging the drains. I have already had this experience and the accompanying awkward conversation with my husband, the drain unclogger.

Since I realized it, I have been mindful to keep rinse water hotter than normal, and to let it run longer than usual. I have experienced no further problems.

This does not make coconut oil a bad bet for everyone with indoor plumbing, but is something very important to keep in mind.

I try to keep this blog as real as I can, and it feels important that I pass this message along as I tout the benefits of coconut oil for every possible use.

Handcrafted Hand and Body Lotion

Last night, I began a coconut oil lotion experiment that I wasn’t altogether satisfied with the result of.

I began the experiment with the basic recipe found here: wellness mamma’s lotion. It consisted of:

  • 1/2 cup olive or sweet almond oil (I had olive)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax

The product was sort of more like a balm (think chapstick) and it wasn’t what I was looking for in a lotion. But, I knew that by varying the recipe a bit, and whipping, I could change the whole consistency of it. So, I melted it all down again (in the pyrex and pan double-boiler), and added at least another 1/4 cup of coconut oil. The best way to gauge its finished consistency is to drip a little on a cool counter or plate and then test it when it cools completely. Too oily, add a little beeswax. Too stiff, add more oil.

When I had it the way I wanted it, I removed it from the heat. It looked like this:

melted, blended lotion ingredients

melted, blended lotion ingredients

As it began to cool, I whipped it. As I whipped it, air was forced into the mixture, and it helped to cool it faster.

still very hot liquid

still very hot liquid

When it was the consistency of hummus, I poured/scooped it, with a spatula, into the tubs and allowed them to cool before sealing the tops.

starting to cool and whip

starting to cool and whip

pots of finished lotion, cooling fully

pots of finished lotion, cooling fully

The lotion is wonderful!!! I had every intention of scenting it with lavender oil, but, again, didn’t, because the scent of the coconut oil mingled with the beeswax was so delightful, I left it.

It is a little bit messy to make, but a clean-up tip~ emulsify the lotion with soap BEFORE adding the hot water. It will suds up a bit and then rinse right off. Easy peasy.