No matter the season, my hands are in and out of dishwater, cold water pumps for the animals, and hauling wood. To say that my hands get dried out would be an understatement.
They will get so dried out, they can crack and bleed. This hand cream has really helped keep them soft and smooth. I go through a lot of lotion, no matter what time of year, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. While I love my skin softening lotion and the hard lotion bars, I wanted another option. So, I found another homemade nourishing hand creme that I have come to love! It has the added benefits of essential oils in my lotions as well because they have been healing to my dry skin and have scents that are musky, earthy, sweet, relaxing and are just wonderful.
Here’s what I do:
I start with a 4oz portion of shea butter. You can easily double, triple, or quadruple this recipe to give some as gifts as well. The shelf life of this is approximately 6 months, stored in cool, dry conditions.
Melt the shea butter gently over a double boiler until not quite fully melted.
You don’t want to get it too hot to lose the nutrients in the butter. Then, I put it in the fridge to help it cool off. You don’t want to leave it in there too long or it may fully solidify on you and you will have to start the process over again. I will then whip it for 5 minutes, and put it back in the fridge for another 5 minutes. After a second time of 5 minutes of whipping, it will begin to look like your lotion. You can repeat this process another time or two to get it whipped just how you like it.
Then, I add the essential oils. I put in 5 drops of Helichrysum, due to it’s cell regenerating, skin protecting and other beneficial properties, and 10 drops of Sweet orange.
Mix it in for another minute or so and then place in an 8oz container. Viola! Nourshing hand creme that isn’t greasy! Be sure to pin this to your favorite boards for later!
*****Author note***** This recipe originally used Frankincense essential oil, and I had that on hand at the time. However, due to further and more in-depth studies, I no longer use Frankincense. That is simply because the plant itself has become endangered, and as a responsible aromatherapy/herbalist student, I do not want to use plants that are harvested unsustainably to the point of endangered and/or extinction. You can read some sources that I used to make this decision here, here, and here (page 62).