How to Make a Healing Hand Cream


Creams and lotions that you buy in the store are often expensive, and they often contain strange artificial ingredients and fragrances (unless you go with natural creams, which are the priciest of all). If you’re ready to try making hand creams at home, we’ve got a few recipes to get you started.

Basic moisturizing hand cream


  • 1/2 cup (4oz) shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons of skin-nourishing oil (jojoba, avocado, apricot, almond, lemon oil are all good bets)
  • 15 drops drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5-7 drops carrot seed oil
  • 3-5 drops tea tree essential oil
  1. Melt the shea butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in the nourishing skin oil, and turn off the heat.
  2. Pour the mix into a bowl and put it in the freezer to cool down to a solid form. This will take around 15-20 minutes— don’t freeze the mixture.
  3. Once it looks solid, take the cream out from the freezer. Pour in the essential oils and carrot seed oil. Using a whisk or the whisk attachment on a mixer, whip the mixture until it’s soft and looks like thick whip cream. Scoop the cream into a jar (a spatula helps here) and store at room temperature. Apply to hands, body and face.

Gardener’s Hand Butter

This recipe features shea butter, a powerful moisturizer, and almond oil, which has nourishing vitamins.


1/4 cup shea butter
1/8 cup sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
10 drops myrrh essential oil
10 drops cedarwood essential oil

  1. First, melt the shea butter, beeswax and sweet almond oil in a double boiler. Stir the mixture as it melts.
  2. Once everything is melted, take it off the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the essential oils, pour the liquid butter into a small glass jar and let it harden completely—takes a few hours. You can use this butter as often as you like, it’s great after working outside. If you put it on at night, before bed, your skin has longer to absorb the butter (before it gets washed off or otherwise disturbed).

Moisturising Hand Scrub

A moisturizing natural hand scrub can be made with rock salt, calendula flowers, calendula oil, and a small jar. Essentially a salt and oil scrub, this one’s also great after you come in out of the garden, or after any other gritty job. We’re including with the hand cream recipes, because it’s also a great moisturizer.

  1. Put a two-inch layer of rock salt in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Mix the rock salt with dried calendula flowers and cover this layer with calendula oil.
  3. To use it, scoop a bit of scrub out, mix it in your fingers, and use it like regular hand soap, then wash it off with warm water.

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