Hello winter! Hello dry cracked hands!
I hate this time of year. My hands and nails tend to be dried out from doing dishes, washing my hands, and our dry Colorado climate.
For some reason, I always get a crack right on my right knuckle.
Every. Darn. Year.
This DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe whips up in about 5 minutes and it uses all natural non-toxic ingredients that really work.
The shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil work together to moisturize.
Not only does the lavender essential oil smell awesome, but it has disinfectant properties perfect for preventing infection.
You’ll need about 5 minutes of your time to provide you with up to 4 months of salve to use on a daily basis.
DIY Cracked Hand Salve Recipe
When you purchase your beeswax, it may come in a stick form.
If your beeswax is in a stick, you will need to grate it using a hand grater or a food processor. This process is so easy and all you need is 2 Tbsp worth.
Once your beeswax has been grated, set all your ingredients aside.
Fill the bottom portion of your double boiler with water and place on high heat until it starts to boil.
Immediately after the water starts to boil add on the top portion of your double boiler filled with your shea butter, beeswax, and almond oil.
The ingredients will melt and mix together nicely in a matter of minutes.
As soon as everything becomes a liquid give it a quick stir, remove from heat, and immediately pour in your metal tin.
Do not add your drops of lavender essential oil until you have taken your salve off the heat and it is safely in a tin.
Be sure to give your salve a quick stir to mix in the lavender.
Just to let you know, I filled my mixture above the line for the metal tin and it formed with a rounded top without pouring over.
Allow your DIY cracked hand salve to set for about 10 minutes and you will notice your liquid turning into a solid.
How to Use Homemade Cracked Hand Salve
After your salve turns into a solid form, grab a little chunk and rub it all over your dry, cracked hands.
Your hands will instantly be moisturized and looking better than ever!
Plus, the lavender smell is delightful.
I love to rub some on my cracked hands right before bedtime. Then, I’ll sleep with my hands tucked under my head and the smell of lavender helps ease me to sleep.
Don’t be stingy – now that you’ve bought the supplies, make up a few tins of this beeswax hand salve recipe to give as gifts. Your friends will thank you!
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 tablespoons grated beeswax (or beeswax pellets)
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- double boiler
- Fill the bottom of a double boiler with water and heat over medium heat.
- Add shea butter and beeswax to top of the double boiler and gently melt while stirring.
- Add almond oil to melted beeswax and stir.
- Pour salve into a small tin and quickly add the lavender essential oil.
- Allow the salve to cool. In about 10 minutes, it should be cool enough to start applying to dry, cracked hands
BEAUTY HACK: Keep this cracked hand salve next to your sink so you can treat your hands every time you wash them. And wash them with the moisturizing version of my kid-friendly foaming hand soap.
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Now that you have your lavender essential oil out, why not make DIY Natural Disinfecting Spray?
Do you suffer from cracked hands?