Last time I posted a recipe that was not food (hand cream!) I was overwhelmed with positive feedback on the blog, facebook and instagram. There are so many people out there who have had enough of crapy ingredients in the products we put inside and on our bodies and that makes me so happy because it matters so much. The skin is our largest organ (truth!) and weights about 15% of our body. Everything you put on your skin gets absorbed and enters the body. You put crap, you absorb crap. What you put on your body has the potential to either nourish or negatively affect your body. Simple math.
And because I like to know what’s in my skin products as much as I like to know what’s in my food, I oftentimes choose to make some skin care products if I can. Especially when it’s SO easy.
For this recipe I used a base of coconut oil and vitamin E oil. Because for healthy skin we need vitamins A, D, C and E – these can come from the foods we eat or products we put on our skin.
I also used essential oils because I think they’re magic. Little powerhouses of goodness that can support the body back in balance/towards healing. Prior to making my healing hand cream to treat chillblains I was not so much sold on essential oils – I would occasionally use them for aromatheraphy or in food (the edible ones). But since I experienced the magic on my own skin I have build a small home apothecary and use them for what not!
Few weeks ago, when my cuticles started to experience some damage, I rushed to do research on some of my essential oils, to help me create a new homemade potion to treat them. Now you might think ‘cuticles? what? that’s so shallow’ except it’s not. Once cuticles get damaged, torn, inflamed, they can become quite painful. And with my kitchen job, cooking day in and out, always having my hands in water, it can also easily lead to bigger tears and bleeding.
Luckily I embraced this new opportunity to put on my witch hat again.
I chose these particular oils because they have powerful medicinal properties and they work wonders for skin and cuticles.
Rosemary is much more than the aromatic herb that makes roast potatoes amazing, it is also one of the most powerful herbs and essential oils. Of particular interest for me and my hands are its antiseptic properties, as well as the fact that it soothes pain if your cuticles are already quite damaged. It is a rich antioxidant, has great anti-inflammatory properties and boosts micro-circulation.
Similarly, tea tree is a powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is so powerful that it can help fight bacterial or fungal infections and helps heal dry cuticles. You can think of the combination of rosemary, tea tree and lavender (see below) as the holy trinity in healing minor wounds.
Myrrh has been used for centuries to treats minor wounds, skin irritations and to prevent infections. It works wonders for skin health and can help sooth chapped or cracked skin. It moisturizes and also makes the skin smell pretty.
Lavender is one of the most used essential oils in the world and one of my favorite oils to use as well. I use it in my bath, in aromatheraphy and in my perfume. Besides the fact that it smells gorgeous, it is a powerful antioxidant. And what did I mention above about the best thing for skin? Antioxidants! It is also antimicrobial and calming to the nervous system and the skin. It helps to heal minor burns and skin wounds, helps relieve pain and, because it calms the nervous system, it helps improve sleep and also can help reduce headaches. So if you’re having bad cuticles and poor sleep, use this potion in the evening and go to bed smelling your hands. Problems solved!
*If you try this potion, I would LOVE to hear your feedback.
Homemade hand cream to nourish and boost circulation
Makes a small 20ml jar
*For best results, I used pure essential oils (I love the DoTerra brand).
* If you are buying all your essential oils for this recipe, you will not end up using the whole bottle. But rest assured, they keep for a long time and they are so good to have around the house!
*This will last for several months, up to a year.
- 3 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp vitamin E oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 8 drops myrrh essential oil
- 7 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops tea tree essential oil
- Melt your coconut oil in a small bowl using the bain marie method.
- Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils to the bowl and mix well until they are all combined.
- Pour in a teensy weensy jar and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes so the oil firms up.
- For best results, use at least twice a day. Apply a bit to your cuticles and massage really well so the cream gets absorbed.
- This is best stored in the fridge in summer as the heat can melt the coconut oil. I also find it really good to use it when it’s cold as it further helps soothe and calm skin irritations and minor cuts.