I don’t mind telling you, this homemade Night Cream is pretty fantastic! I apply it before bed and in the morning my skin is smooth, supple and hydrated ! And no nasty chemicals helped me to get there! Made from the natural oils of Calendula and Dandelions and combined with pure Coconut oil, this cream is a triple threat! A powerhouse moisturiser that can help heal a variety of skin Issues…
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A Triple Threat!
First, let’s break down the 3 ingredients for my Homemade Dandelion And Calendula Night Cream Recipe!
Below is a summary of each ingredients benefits and why each component is valuable for my Homemade Healing night cream…
Dandelion Skin Benefits
Dandelions are such a valuable flower! They are rich in antioxidants and have antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Here is a list of all the ways Dandelions can benefit your skin…
- Detoxifies The Skin
- Promotes Collagen Production
- Evens Out Skin Tone
- Clears Out Pores
- Stimulates Circulation for healthier looking skin!
- Gets rid of Acne and Prevents Acne breakouts
- Anti Aging– Reducing Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Helps To treat Eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions
- Heals Bug Bites
- Protects the Skin from Sun Damage
Calendula Skin Benefits
Again, Calendula has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties, that can help with a variety of issues. Check out the list below…
- Can Help Calm Skin Redness including Rosacea
- Provides relief from inflammatory skin Conditions such as Eczema
- Hydrating-The linoleic acid in calendula oils can also nourish your skin. Allowing your skin cells to absorb nutrients and hold onto water for much longer
- Moisturising-Increasing blood flow and oxygen to the skin which helps the skin to function better, leading to healthier and better looking skin!
- Wonderful Healing properties ! One study even found that calendula oils significantly decreased the healing time for C-section scars.
- Skin Firming– Calendula can help to plump the surface of your skin, thereby giving you tighter, more supple skin.
Coconut Oil Skin Benefits
Coconut Oil benefits the skin in so many ways! It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties! Here’s a few ways it can help your skin…
- Helps get rid of Acne and prevent future outbreaks
- Moisturising- Great for dry and Cracked Skin
- Increases Collagen Production
- Super Hydrating! Coconut oil helps bolster your skin’s protective barrier layer, trapping moisture within and keeping skin supple and hydrated
- Relieves Inflammation- Wonderful for for irritated, chafed skin
- Accelerates Wound Healing– Wonderful for healing acne and other skin issues
- Its Antibacterial-The lauric acid found in coconut oil gives it antimicrobial properties which kill bacteria!
- Protects skin from UV rays
As You can see, I have put a lot of thought into the properties I wanted my Night Cream To have! These 3 important elements will not only feed and nourish my skin, but heal it too….and all while I sleep! I have packed an awful lot of goodness into that little Jar!
A Summary: What Can You Use Whipped Dandelion and Calendula Healing Night Cream for…
Not Just For Night Time! You can use it for treating….
- Bug Bites
- A Wonderful remedy for soothing Eczema and Other Inflammatory skin Conditions
- Healing Skin tissue faster
- Great for Chapped, Dry and Sore skin
- Use for Sore and achy Muscles and Joints
- Use for treating an Acne Breakout
- Calming Skin Redness including Rosacea
- Anti-Aging properties to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
So How Do You Make It?
I Thought you’d never ask! Want to hear the best Part?…It’s super easy! Requiring minimal tools, that you likely already have at home, this homemade Calendula and Dandelion moisturiser is a piece of cake! …
What You’ll need
- Glass Heat Proof Jar (I used an old dolmio sauce jar)
- Electric Hand Mixer
- Mixing Bowl
- Small Spatula
- Sieve or Cheesecloth
- Small Empty Jar with Lid.
Handy Dandelion Foraging Tools
Whipped Dandelion and Calendula Healing Night Cream Recipe…
- 1 handful Of Dried Calendula Flowers
- 1 Handful Of Dried Dandelion Flowers
- 150 g of Coconut Oil
1. Gather Your Dandelion and Calendula Flowers then leave outside for 1-2 hours for any bugs to crawl out.
2. Dry the flower heads in a Dehydrator on the lowest heat setting for 12 hours or lay flat on brown paper for 1 week in a dry, dark environment.
3. Place The Oil and Flowers in a large Heatproof Jar
4. Put the jar into a saucepan that contains a few inches of water in the bottom. *We are trying to make a double boiler environment for the infusion
5. Set a medium Low Heat and simmer for around two hours. * We want a nice slow heat infusion, the indirect heat from the water will combine all the goodness from the 3 ingredients together
6. Keep an eye on the water level in the pan, if it starts to evaporate and lessen, top up with hot water and continue the infusion
7. After 2 Hours remove the pan from the heat and carefully lift the jar from the pan with a tea towel or similar to protect your hands-it will be hot! Pour the oil through a sieve or Cheesecloth,( separating the flowers from the oil) and into a glass mixing bowl below.
8. With the back of a spoon press all remnants of liquid from the flowers into the mixing bowl, or alternatively squeeze the cheesecloth to expel liquid.
9. Place the bowl in the fridge until the Oil has firmed. Around 30 minutes should do it
10. Using an Electric hand mixer begin to break up the firmed oil. It will at first look like scrambled Egg! But persevere! after around 5 minutes a thick creamy texture will form
11. Once a smooth texture is achieved, gently mix with a spatula, then spoon it into a clean Jar (there should be enough to fill 2 x 50ml cosmetic jars) . *Try not to handle it with your hands too much it will melt.
Do you have to dry the flowers first?
Yes! I’ll explain why….Fresh Dandelions in particular have a high water content and when undried Dandelions are added to oil it can create a sludgy mess, which is not conducive to a clean and potent infusion
How To Store Whipped Dandelion and Calendula Healing Night Cream
This Cream will Melt easily if left in a warm environment, so keep in a cool spot away from any radiators…if you live in a particularly warm climate you might want to keep it in the fridge. I live in the uk and store mine in the bathroom cupboard away from any heat sources
How Long Will The Cream Last
Around 6 months-1 year before you need to make another batch…if it lasts that long!
How Does Whipped Dandelion and Calendula Healing Night Cream feel on the Skin ?
In a word? ‘Dewey’ It feels incredibly soft and you can feel the difference on your skin the moment you apply it. The cream itself has a waxy feel, but the moment you apply it to your face, the warmth from your skin turns it to oil and your skin just drinks it in! Honestly… It’s a very good hydrating cream!
Do you have to use it as a night cream ?
No. It can be used anytime of the day. I put it on at night, so it has a good 10 hours of uninterrupted time to work its magic! But I have also used it in the day too. I sometimes like to apply it before I put my make up on…I find it makes a good dewey base, giving my face a nice glowy summery look…try it! Thanks to the Coconut oil and dandelion oils this cream also offers some UV protection.
Alternatives You Could Try
- If you don’t have any Calendula flowers, you could double up on Dandelions instead
- I don’t usually add any scent as I already love the natural fragrance of this cream…but you could add a few drops of Lavender, Vanilla or Orange essential oils to soften the Dandelion, Calendula and Coconut Scent
*Note- To make sure your skin type is compatible with Coconut oil, apply first to a test spot– should any signs of allergy arise, discontinue use.
Looking For More Dandelion And Calendula Remedies?
How To Grow And Make Calendula Tea
How To Make Dandelion Root Tea
How To Make Dandelion Salve and Oil
More Herbal Remedies
- Milk Thistle Tea
- Rosemary Water
- The Healing Power of The Common Daisy
- The Benefits Of sage
- How To Use Herb Robert
- Nettle Tea
- Raspberry Leaf Tea
- Feverfew Tea
- Horsetail Tea
- Cleavers Tea
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