Carrot Oil for Healthy Skin
Carrot Cake! With a hint of cinnamon, soft crunch from nuts, ultra moist crumb and piled high with the fluffiest ever cream cheese frosting, this has the perfect texture and flavour. Easy and fool proof, absolutely to-die for!
Carrots aren’t just for the kitchen any more! 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.
One bite was all it took for me to ditch the recipe I’d been using all my life up until that moment. This was The One. Hands down the best Carrot Cake I have ever had in my life!
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.
Why you will love this carrot cake and oil recipe
- The cake itself is not too sweet, with less sugar than most recipes;
- The cake is moist, but not doughy or “mud-cake” like;
- The subtle crunch from pecans and coconut in the cake. The textural contrast with the crumb is really terrific; and
- There is plenty of frosting!!
Benefits of Carrot Oil
Carrots are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, and a multitude of other antioxidants. Vitamins A and E — in addition to beta-carotene — have wonderful conditioning properties. They moisturizer the skin or scalp on the body, thereby building healthier hair and skin.
The benefits of carrot oil include — but are not limited to:
- healing damaged skin
- warding off the dreaded signs of aging
- stimulating hair growth
- creating luxuriously, soft-to-the-touch hair
- improving blood circulation
- protecting hair and skin from the damaging effects of weather, pollution, dust, sunlight, chemicals, treatments, and the like
- strengthening hair…preventing breakage
How to Make Carrot Oil
- Veggie peeler
- Hand grater or food processor
- Crock pot
- Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
- Glass mason jar
What you need for Carrot Cake
Here’s what you need for this Carrot Cake. The “secret ingredients” in this are:
- Crushed pineapple (canned) – this adds to the moistness of the crumb, as well as sweetness and flavour. We’re going to use all of the pineapple and some of the juice; and
- Coconut and walnuts (or pecans) – they add a subtle soft crunch which provides great textural contrast in this cake that has a very soft crumb.
Carrot Oil Instructions
- 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.
How To Use Carrot Oil
Homemade carrot oil may be used in the following ways:
- Add 5 drops of essential oils of carrot seed and helichrysum to 2 ounces of carrot-infused oil and apply nightly to mature skin. This application will work to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
- Make a Carrot Shampoo Bar
- Create a carrot oil lotion for all over radiant skin.
Cream Cheese Frosting for Carrot Cake
There’s just no question – fluffy cream cheese frosting is the BEST frosting for Carrot Cake! Here’s what you need:
- Cream cheese – use BLOCK, not the spreadable cream cheese in tubs (too soft);
- Softened butter – softened but not super soft / borderline melting;
- Icing sugar aka powdered sugar – use soft icing sugar, NOT pure icing sugar (which is used for things like royal icing ie sets hard); and
TIP for even layers (without trimming)
No cake comes out of the oven with a perfectly level surface.
But rather than bothering to cut the top to make it level, just flip the cake upside down before frosting.
You’ll still get a slight dome in the middle with this cake but it’s less pronounced than if you frosted it without turning it upside down.
Please note: This oil is not suitable for use in salves or balms due to the use of fresh carrots during the infusion process. The water content of the carrots may cause the salve to go rancid. It is important to only use carrot oil prepared in this manner when using for direct application or in soaps and/or lotions.