Seriously, gone are the days when carrots were just for the kitchen. These days, not only are they good for the body inside out — but carrots are actually very helpful in building soft, supple skin and aiding in hair growth and strengthening when applied externally.
Instead of using all those commercially prepared shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc. — which all contain preservatives and chemicals — it’s better to use a natural oil, likewise reducing your risk for unwanted allergic reactions.
Carrot oil is very easy to make at home and it is extremely beneficial for the hair and skin. They are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E and have wonderful conditioning properties. They moisturizer the skin or scalp on the body, thereby building healthier hair and skin.
Below are some of the benefits of carrot oil:
- It heals a damaged skin.
- Stimulates hair growth.
- It strengthens the hair and prevents breakage.
- It removes black spots on the face.
Looking at some of the benefits of carrot oil, there is no doubt that it is an added advantage if you know how to make oil from the comfort of your home. Carrot oil is pretty expensive but it’s definitely cheaper if you can make it.
How to make carrot oil:
- Veggie peeler
- Hand grater or food processor
- Crock pot
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- Glass mason jar
-2 organically or home grown carrots
-olive, coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil, to cover
- Wash and peel the skin of the carrots.
- Grate carrots with the use of a hand grater or food processor.
- Place the grated carrots in a crock pot and pour the oil of your choice to cover. Note: I used 2 1/4 cups of oil or 18 ounces.
- On your crock pot’s lowest setting, maintain a warm temperature — infusing the oil for a full 24-72 hours.Note: I use the “warm” temperature setting on my crock pot. Try not to allow the temperature of the oil to rise above 100-105 degrees farenheit. You will notice the oil becoming orange in color.
- Once the infusion process is complete, pour the carrots and oil mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth and strain.
- Reserve the oil and compost the carrots.
- Label and store the oil in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator until ready for use. Will keep for 6-8 months if stored properly.