Gardener’s hands take a lot of abuse. And if you are a gardener like me who likes to forgo gloves, those fingers can feel like sandpaper. One of my favorite ways to combat this problem has always been a sugar scrub. The sugar helps exfoliate all the rough skin and the carrier oil helps lock in some moisture. Instead of keeping it in the bathroom, I keep it on the kitchen sink because that is where I normally clean up after a bit of weeding.
Since I have many gardening friends, I decided to whip up a batch of both a gardener’s hand balm and a sugar scrub. Both take very little time to make and very few ingredients.
Gardener’s Sugar Scrub
2 cups sugar
1 cup apricot kernal oil
8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender & rosemary because lavender fragrance is calming and rosemary extract increases circulation. Pregnant women, however, should avoid using rosemary oil)
Mix it all together until well blended. Drop in 1-2 drops of food coloring if desired. Spoon the mixture into jelly jars or cosmetic jars (these, along with the tins, were purchased from Wholesale Soaps Plus)
For the gardener’s hand balm I used the recipe from the December issue of Fine Gardening Magazine. If you don’t have a copy, you can also find several online (like this Herbal Hand Salve. The key ingredients are olive oil and beeswax. Some recipes also add a bit of cocoa butter which makes the balm even smoother.
For the labels I scanned in some printed card stock so I could use the image in a photo editor and add text to it. In this case I simply printed a faint circle outline and cut them out, but you can also print yours labels directly onto round mailing labels.
Edit: Forgot to mention that your house smells wonderful while you make these.