Why I really need a heavy-duty nourishing hand salve:
It gets very dry where we live during the winter. The summer isn't exactly humid either… Jerusalem in on a mountain at the edge of a desert.
I'm a mom: I wash my hands a lot since Kids eat all the time! They also need their nose wiped and diapers changed often. Needless to say, I wash my hands before preparing food and after wiping. That could be once or twice an hour.
During the winters fingers begin to crack and my knuckles look like I was in a fistfight.
But not this winter!
This winter I got a great recipe for a rich nourishing hand salve from Michal Levin, an educator, and producer of natural remedies. I changed it up a bit to tailor to my needs and likes, and I encourage you to do the same. It is a small batch recipe so you can try things out. Changing the essential oils, the carrier oils, etc. This also makes a great gift for the holidays.
How does it work?
This save has very rich and nourishing ingredients:
Shea Butter: A hypoallergenic butter, extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree, that has unparalleled skin-nourishing properties. It provides the skin with essential fatty acids necessary for collagen production.
Sweet Almond Oil: A hypoallergenic light oil, easily absorbed by the skin and safe for sensitive skin. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin A, it facilitates the healing of cracked and dry skin.
Jojoba Oil: A liquid wax produced from the seed of the jojoba shrub. Jojoba oil is an emollient- moisturizes and prevents scaly rough parts.
Vitamin E: A thick liquid that mixes with oil. Enhances tissue fusion, the healing of scars and assists stretch mark prevention.
Lavender Essential Oil: Encourages skin healing, and cell regeneration.
Geranium, Rose and Patchouli Essential Oil: In her book A home and Health Care Guide To Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Valerie Ann Worwood lists these as a remedy for dry hands.
Nourishing Hand Salve:
1 tbsp Shea butter
1 tbsp almond oil
1 tsp jojoba oil
10 drops vitamin E
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops geranium essential oil
3 drops rose essential oil
2 drops patchouli essential oil
Blend all the ingredients together using a blend stick and store.
To use: Apply to hands before you go to sleep. For enhanced results cover your hands with wool gloves and sleep with them.