If you're like me, you spend a lot of time washing dishes, cleaning house, and digging around in the garden. All this in and out of water, exposure to the weather and soil can dry out our hands in a jiffy! That's why I love this DIY moisturizing hand cream recipe. It's more than a lotion… it's thick, more like a butter, and its going to soak in and allow the essential oils to heal those tired hands.
As I mention in the recipe you can use your favorite essential oils to make this DIY moisturizing hand cream your own! I love to use a little peppermint and orange oil. The peppermint is a tad zingy and the aroma of these oils wakes me up and makes me feel alive! If you want a more woodsy scent the cedarwood is a really good choice. Flowery sound good? Try geranium! Whatever you do, try to stick to 20 drops total for this recipe and still use some myrrh. It really is good for your skin!
If you want to make this even harder, like a lotion bar, you can experiment with adding more beeswax. Add a little more, cool some on a glass plate and see how hard it gets. Keep adding till you get it just right! NOTE: Do this before you add your essential oils so you're not heating those and changing their healing properties.
- Put a glass jar or measuring cup in a pan of ½-1 inch of simmering water. Melt the shea butter, beeswax, and sweet almond or jojoba oil together in the glass container, stirring with a wooden utensil as the ingredients melt. (A popcicle stick works great for this because you can throw it away when you're done!)
- When all your ingredients are melted, remove the jar from the pan and allow the mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Next, add your blend of essential oils and stir well. Before the mixture cools, pour it into a glass salve container or shallow jar. It will take several hours to harden into a cream, but it will be worth the wait!
- *You can use a blend of your favorites, depending on the scent you like! Some oils like myrrh, lavender, frankincense, and cedarwood are great for your skin and circulation. Try pairing these with other favorites!
Safety & Contraindications
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When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in long-term human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.
Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family.
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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.