Do you have dry or cracked hands? If yes, then you will find this diy hand salve very helpful!
You see, my hands get so dry sometimes that I look at them and wonder, “whose hands are these?”
This is because I constantly wash my hands, which as you know causes dryness. Oh yeah, I know, I’m a self-confessed germaphobe lol!
What helps keep my hands moisturized and soft is my homemade hand salve. In fact, it is a lifesaver, especially in the winter months.
Winter days bring more than just cozy fires, snow days, and rosy cheeks. Between the crisp air chapping our skin, and the heat of our homes drying it out, winter wreaks complete havoc on our hands.
But there is a perfect healing solution – my healing hand salve! This salve works as an emollient that smoothes rough spots and seals in moisture tending to, and healing cracked and chapped areas.
And it is made with all natural, non-toxic ingredients. So you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals seeping into your bloodstream through your skin.
This is the magic ingredient in my hand healing salve. It is a waxy substance produced by honeybees.
Beeswax creates a protective coating on the skin that is almost like wearing gloves. By so doing, it protects your hands from the elements even as it holds moisture in and prevents dryness.
Better still unlike most other emollients such as mineral oil, beeswax does not clog your pores.
Beeswax also contains anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties, which helps to repair damaged skin.
Shea butter contains vitamins and other nutrients that nourish and moisturize the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and heal dry cracked hands. Its anti-aging properties help to reduce wrinkles.
This is mild hypoallergenic oil that is easily absorbed into the skin. It is great for sensitive skin, an amazing moisturizer and helps protect your skin from the damage caused by UV rays of the sun.
This is rich in antioxidants that inhibit free radicals that cause aging, hence, it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and makes your skin look youthful.
I like adding lavender essential oil to my DIY hand salve because it soothes irritation and inflammation. It also helps to heal damaged skin.
It has skin antiseptic, astringent and healing properties that help to heal the skin and make it glow.
These ingredients in this diy hand salve work together effectively in healing dry cracked skin and brittle nails.
This original recipe makes a very hard salve. If you would like one that is easier to work with, and makes a larger quantity, follow my revised recipe below.
This recipe makes approximately 2 ounces salve.
For this revised recipe I chose to weigh the main ingredients. I have found that weighing ingredients can be more accurate for many DIY recipes such as this one.
I also increased the amount of ingredients and decreased the percentage of beeswax used in the recipe. I found it made the recipe easier to work. It is still a hard salve, but is not as hard as the original recipe.
This recipe makes approximately 3 1/2 ounces.
This salve is quite thick and using after each hand wash will provide the most benefits. The greasy feeling of the salve will quickly absorb into your skin as you rub your hands together.
Your hands will start looking and feeling better in no time, but using the homemade natural hand cream on a regular basis will help prevent skin from drying and chapping again. So be prepared to have it on hand always especially in winter months!
If you have never used a certain essential oil it is important to do a skin patch test prior to topically using! See my sections on topical use and other essential oil safety concerns:
Are you battling with dry cracked heels? You may want to read Homemade Dry Cracked Heels Remedy (Salve)
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I absolutely love this recipe and have made it quite a few times with some tweaks in an attempt to make it a little softer and have failed everytime in doing so. (Even with your edited version) Any tips???? I’ve tried to add more oil…I’ve even tried whipping it!!!
So sorry, not working for you – I am assuming you weighed it for the edited version. The firm but still plyable salve that this recipe makes is a 1 to 4 ratio – with beeswax being 1 and the oils (butter included) 4. So, say you are making a 5 ounce version. 1 ounce is beeswax (weighed) and 4 ounces would be the oils (weighed). Shea butter is a harder butter – this may be the problem. You could either cut the shea butter in 1/2 amount (new amount 0.35 oz/10 gm) and add that 1/2 amount to the sweet almond oil (new amount 1.75 oz/50 gm), or totally leave it out if you want to – this should make a nice soft salve. (or use a softer butter, such as mango butter-by the way, I like this mango butter a lot also!). I wish you the best! Thanks for getting in touch!!
I just made this. Unfortunately it is so hard it is basically unusable. Is there anything I can do to salvage the hardened ingredients?
Assuming you used the original recipee-reheat the already made mix gently using double boiler method. Then add 2 teaspoons more of the sweet almond oil. Dip spoon in melted mix and put in refrigerator for a few minutes (15 to 20) to check hardness. If still too hard, add another teaspoon, etc. I hope this helps! D’Ann