Pantry Ingredients – Natural Hand Scrub
I wear gloves in the garden, almost always…certainly when I am planning on working for a period of time, gloves are the first thing I grab. Despite this, my hands seem to always be stained. The thumbs and index fingers are split and cracked and always look dirty. It has been beginning to bug me!
On a one income family budget I am always on the hunt for new ways to make the budget go further. I admit to having a hankering for good quality. For us this means that we grow as much of our own fresh food in the garden as possible, ensuring that we are eating fresh organic produce often. We eat high quality meat, straight from a farm, but less of it and less often than in the past. We shop at farmers markets and farm gates. I buy organic Australian grains in bulk via a co-op – you get the picture. I have spent the last two years working out where to find the best quality at an affordable cost.
So that brings me to skin care…..I have been wondering what I could do to return my hands to their previous state. As with food, I could be described as obsessive. I will only use natural skin care. What you may not know about me is that I was a qualified Aromatherapist practitioner many many many years ago . As an Aromatherapist I created my own range of skin care that I sold to my clients and anyone else who was interested in using it. I have not practiced Aromatherapy for many years but I have continued to use essential oils on a daily basis and continue to be mindful of ingredients in products that I put onto my skin, and that of my family. That leads us here – why was I not getting out my old recipes and making my own skin care again????? Why indeed.
This recipe has worked beautifully to soften and heal my poor old battered gardeners hands. I use it each afternoon and if I have been in the garden I often use it again in the evening. When I first made it I used it daily to get my hands back into shape. Now I use it as required.
A natural hand scrub made from pantry ingredients. Give it a try. It also makes a fabulous body scrub.
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ lemon juiced (a small lemon)
- sprig of fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine in a bowl and stir to combine
- Add to a steralised jar and store in a cool location away from direct heat
- To use the scrub wet hands a little and scoop out some of the scrub and rub your hands together. Focus on the areas of your hands that are rough
- Moisturise hands after scrubbing
Coconut oil will solidify in cold weather. If this occurs it will melt upon rubbing together of your hands
This is a quick summary of the properties of the ingredients that I have used, thus the reason they were included:
|Ingredient Name||Ingredient Properties|
|Coconut Oil||Inhibits moisture loss, soothing, natural cleanser|
|Honey||Hydrating, antiseptic, soothing and healing, bonding agent and natural preservative|
|Lemon Juice||Cleansing, removal of stains, antiseptic|
|Rosemary||Healing, removal of spots and marks, aids circulation|
|Sugar||Exfoliating, stabilizes the fragrance|
I adore the fresh clean smell of this scrub. It also works beautifully on the feet and as a body scrub as the sugar is not too harsh ( a good thing as skin starts to age…)
Avoid scrubbing any areas of the skin where you have a sore or wound.
Do you have gardeners hands? Have you tried making your own skin care preparations?
- The depths of my brain!
- Complete Aromatherapy Handbook, S Fishcer-Rizzi, 1990, New York, Sterling Publishing Company
- Kitty Little’s Book of Herbal Beauty, K Little, 1980, Middlesex, Penguin
- Natural Beauty, L Horrocks, 1992, Pymble, Harper Collins
- The Fragrant Pharmacy, VA Worwood, 1990, Toronto, Bantam Books
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