I love gardening with bare hands - feeling the soil and sensing it's moisture, being able to gently handle seedlings and seeds, rubbing herbs with in my fingers to release the scent.
Gardening is a sensory delight. I've tried gloves of all sorts, but always end up bare-handed, and usually bare-footed again in the garden. I just feel so much more connected.
But I have to admit, my hands do get sore sometimes. To help prevent my hands from getting sore and to rehydrate them afterward, I have made this lotion to use before and after doing a big gardening session.
Morag's Natural Moisturising Lotion
- 50 grams coconut oil (I use organic cold pressed fair trade)
- 50 grams beeswax (I use a local organic beeswax)
- 50 grams cocoa butter (similarly, I use an organic fair trade product)
- 15 drops essential oil (in the latest version, I used an organic mandarin oil with a few drops of peppermint)
- Melt the oil, wax and butter together in a bowl over boiling water.
- Stir gently until melted and mixed.
- Turn off the heat and add the essential oil.
- Pour into forms
- Allow to set (5-10 minutes)
- Remove from forms and store.
These are shelf-stable. I am storing mine in a container on the bathroom shelf to use after I wash my hands.
Just a little is all you need. As you begin to rub it into your skin it melts and is absorbed.
|I used an old ceramic bowl to melt the butter, oil and wax over boiling water.|
|Pour and allow to set before removing mould and storing.|
|Today I was having fun today experimenting with various forms to make little samples - little paper cups, big paper cups, waxed paper in mini-muffin pan. They all worked wonderfully.|
|These paper cups make excellent forms for the lotion. The little rounds pop out and if handle carefully, the cups can be reused over and over.|
More than just a hand lotion, these are great as an all-over body moisturising butter. Excellent too for rough elbows, knees and feet.
I am constantly fossicking around in the garden - tending, planting, harvesting, playing.... I don't mind the dirt under my fingernails, and the short gardeners nails, but when I get cuts or skin cracks they hurt. These little bars of soothing lotion are super at preventing this.