It’s often said that gardeners’ hands are their best tools. Even if you routinely wear gardening gloves, playing in the dirt can be hard on your hands.
Restore moisture and massage away minor pains with this homemade hand cream made from shea butter and almond oil. It’s scented with calming lavender essential oil, but you can use your favorite oil, or go without.
Fill small Ball jars with this soothing balm and give to your friends, family, teachers, fellow gardeners or anyone who has been a “helping hand” through the year. We call it “Gardener’s Gold” because of the rich yellow color.
HOW TO MAKE GARDENER’S GOLD HAND CREAM
1. Shea butter and beeswax give the finished product body and moisture.
2. In a double boiler over gently simmering water, melt shea butter, beeswax and almond oil. When melted, remove from the heat and let cool.
3. A 4-ounce jelly jar is the perfect size for gardener’s hand cream. This recipe makes enough to fill two jars. Scale the recipe to make enough for your gardener friends.
GARDENER’S GOLD HAND CREAM
Yield: 1/2 cup hand cream, enough for two (4-ounce) jelly jars
Time: 1 hour or less
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Canning jars, such as 4-ounce jelly jars
Double boiler, or a bowl set inside a pot of gently simmering water
- Set up a double boiler with gently simmering water over low heat. A bowl over a simmering pan of water works great.
- Add shea butter, beeswax and almond oil and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add essential oil, stirring until combined.
- Let cool for 10 minutes. Pour into jars and set in a cool place.
- Label jars and give to gardening friends.