I’m sure I am not alone in washing my hands more than I ever did. I was already a very diligent and frequent hand washer but these days I just look at any surface and go wash my hands “just in case.”
I only use this Probiotic soap when washing my hands (or any part of me for that matter). It doesn’t strip away the good bacteria in the process of removing all the bad germs. It also doesn’t suck up your natural oils. But the simple act of washing VIGOROUSLY with a frequency in the 100’s per day, and not surprisingly, my hands are a mess. They are beyond dry. They are cracking. They are bleeding. They. Are. A. Mess.
I’m sure yours are too.
I needed to act fast! It isn’t healthy to open pathways via cracked, bleeding hands. That doesn’t help one’s overall health. And so, I spent a few hours in the kitchen and created a pretty incredible hand cream to repair overwashed hands.
This DIY hand cream is very easy to make, uses ingredients you can actually source right now, and works well! It will soak into dry skin quickly so you don’t have to worry about a greasy feeling or film left behind.
You can use any essential oils you would like but I would suggest using either my soothing and healing blend or my germ busting blend. Just don’t mix the two together. It smells awful. Ask me how I know that.
I put this on every time I wash my hands. A little goes a long way. It is best to make small batches every few days based on my experience. If you do want to make a larger batch of hand cream to save on time, I would suggest putting small amounts into several different containers. Since there are no preservatives, this hand cream could get funky within a week if you keep putting your fingers into it.
Are you ready to repair those overwashed hands? Let’s do it! Carve out 6 minutes and let’s make some…
DIY Hand Cream To Repair Overwashed Hands
DIY Hand Cream To Repair Overwashed Hands
This DIY hand cream is healing, soothing, and repairs overwashed hands in no time flat. It comes together in minutes and won't break the bank!
- 3 tablespoons of beeswax
- ½ cup almond or apricot oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
- 2 tablespoons of freshly steeped calendula tea
- 4 drops of soothing and healing essential oils OR germ busting essential oils (see note section below)
- ½ teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda
- Glass Measuring Cup
- Small Saucepan
- Wooden Spoon or Silicon Spoon
- Small Glass Jar
- Place the beeswax and oils in a glass measuring cup.
- Fill a small saucepan 1/3 of the way with water. Gently place the measuring cup with oils in the saucepan.
- Turn the burn on the lowest setting and allow the oils to melt.
- Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the honey and calendula tea. You want the honey to melt.
- Allow to cool slightly then mix in the essential oils and baking soda.
- Pour into a glass jar with a lid and allow to cool completely.
Rub the cream into your hands as often as needed. It works especially well if you slather it on at night then cover your hands with cotton gloves like these.
This hand cream does not have preservatives and as such, I would not suggest you make more than you will use in 3-5 days.
You can use any essential oils that you would like however, these two blends are my favorite. One is very soothing and healing and the other offers germ protection essentially making this a hand sanitizing lotion of sorts.
Soothing and Healing Blend
2 drops Lavender essential oil and 2 drops Melissa (aka Lemon Balm). As an added bonus with this blend, Lemon Balm is a well-documented antiviral herb.
Germ Buster Blend
2 drops Cinnamon Leaf essential oil and 2 drops Tea Tree oil. Cinnamon essential oil fights multiple virus strains. However, it is extremely potent and can irritate the skin or respiratory system if used incorrectly. Do not use more than 2 drops in this recipe.
Great idea! Thanks a lot.
If you infuse the calendula into the oil instead of using tea, you can eliminate the water and your body butter (no longer a cream without water) will last for months. HTH
I’m fairly new to this DIYing thing and want to thank you for all the great recipes you’ve shared!
Just curious, what purpose does the baking soda serve in your hand repair cream?