Seeing splashes of living color as spring wildflowers pop up in fields and lawns, creating perfectly “painted” portraits, is so refreshing and enlivening! I only wish I could capture the ‘feels” these beauties offer and consume it, breathe it, and carry it with me always! Well, aside from being handed beautiful little child-made bouquets to keep throughout the house and eating dandelion pesto, I created this really simple wildflower infused lotion. It is just one of ways we can capture the essence of these flowers and carry their vibe through the season.
To be on the safe side, I chose flowers I could identify that were both prolific in my “lawn” and edible. Please make sure you properly identify and research your plants! Although I didn’t necessarily choose these flowers for their medicinal constituents, all of them have admiral properties to offer. Dandelions and violets are commonly used in salves and oils for their gentle healing and nourishing properties. Check out the Nerdy Farm Wife’s Dandelion and Violet recipes! These amazing little life forms are deeply giving!
NOTE: It’s important to note that this lotion recipe does not have preservatives or stabilizers and will eventually begin to mold because of the addition of water. It may also contain bacteria that is not visible to the eye. It is generally advised that diy lotion be refrigerated and used within 3 months. Please use your best judgement. Here are some tips from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I chose to use my Floral & Citrus Body Splash as the liquid base. It is made with a base of witch hazel, smells amazing, and contains 14% alcohol. It is not enough alcohol to preserve the lotion, however I can’t help but think it helps out… plus witch hazel is has its own beautiful benefits!
- 1/2 cup wild flower infused oil – see step 1
- 1/2 cup witch hazel, aloe, water, hydrosol, etc.
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- dollop of vit E
- 15-20 drops essential oil (optional)
- Immersion blender (affiliate link – see full disclosure)
- Creating wildflower infused oil. Pick your wildflowers of choice. To be on the safe side, I chose prolific and edible flowers such as dandelions, violets, wild strawberry, and henbit flowers. I let them wilt overnight, mostly to allow any ants and bugs to crawl away, but this also helps to evaporate some moisture. In a jar, cover them with oil (avocado, olive, almond, etc), place into a makeshift double boiler, and heat, without boiling, for an hour or so. Strain and voila!
- Creating the lotion. In a widemouth jar combine 1/2 cup of oil and beeswax. Place the jar in water and heat on low until the beeswax is melted.
- Gently warm your choice of liquid. Heating this liquid will help prevent the beeswax from hardening when combined.
- Pour the warmed liquid, essential oil, and vit. E into your oil/beeswax blend. Place your immersion blender on the bottom of the jar and run until you develop a mayo-like consistency. After reaching this stage, move your blender around to incorporate the remaining liquid. That’s it, you’re done!