Last updated on March 10th, 2021 at 04:02 am
There are so many benefits to gardening–the fresh, healthy produce and beautiful flowers, of course. And then there’s the vitamin D from time spent outdoors, plus more health benefits than you might think. Gardening can be a terrific workout, boost your immune system, relieve stress, and even cut the risk of Alzheimer’s! So, if you’re not gardening, you might want to start.
Getting down in the dirt with your bare hands is definitely good for you, but it may be a little rough on your hands, so we want to share this recipe for a soothing gardener’s hand lotion. It’s perfect for dry hands, and is perfect to use in the winter too when our hands always need extra moisture.
Gardener’s Hand Lotion
Here’s everything you need to make your own gardener’s hand lotion.
Melt almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax pellets, vitamin E oil, and shea butter in the microwave.
Allow the melted mixture to cool, and then add 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used lavender).
Chill the lotion to slightly harden it. Then, using an immersion blender or hand mixer, mix until a light and fluffy cream forms.
Transfer the lotion to an airtight container, and store up to six months.
DIY Gardener’s Hand Lotion
So soft and luxurious–perfect for dry, cracked hands!
- 1/2 cup almond or jojoba oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
- 1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil
- 3 Tablespoons shea butter – shredded
- 10-12 drops essential oil I used lavender.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax pellets, vitamin E oil and shea butter. Microwave on HIGH for 20-30 seconds or until completely melted. Stir well.
Allow the melted mixture to cool for three minutes. Add 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used lavender). Stir well to incorporate.
Chill for five minutes to slightly harden. Using an immersion blender or hand mixer, mix for five to seven minutes or until a light and fluffy cream forms.
Transfer to an airtight container, and store up to six months.