Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

healthy living ~ now for our hands

We have been looking at keeping our facial skin soft and moisturized, now let's move on to looking at care for our hands. This is one of my simplest recipes for hand care. 

Hand cream recipe - this comes from one of my all-time favorite books, Organic Body Care Recipes. It is easy to make and leaves your skin soft without feeling greasy.  Since finding this recipe, I don’t buy commercial lotions. It's simply that wonderful. 

This hand cream recipe also makes an excellent gift. You can order containers that are perfect for these lotions and give them as gifts. They are luxurious gifts that are easy on the budget.

I apply this hand cream on my hands after doing chores, especially after dishes, and it keeps them from cracking and getting those awful peelies. The combination of cocoa butter and essential oils give it a slight spicy scent.

1 tablespoon cocoa butter
2 tablespoons beeswax
1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon almond or apricot kernel oil

I also add:
20 drops (any combination of) peppermint, geranium, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil
Using a double boiler, warm the cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil and almond or apricot kernel oil until melted. The beeswax will be the last to melt.

Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for five minutes, and then add the essential oils. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes opaque but can still be poured. Pour it into a container and allow it to cool overnight, cocoa butter takes a while to set-up, at least 12 hours. This recipe makes about one cup of hand cream. No refrigeration required, for maximum freshness use within one year.

For those dry calloused hands… try combining

½ c. olive oil
1 c. kosher salt or sugar

Stir well and rub into hands and cuticles for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Rinse with warm water. The granules gently yet effectively slough away dull, flaky skin to reveal a fresh, hydrated layer of skin.  Smooth on your favorite lotion… like the one above. 

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