How to make an easy garden salve
To wear gloves or not to wear gloves? That is the gardening question of the hour!
I did a recent poll on Instagram, and 78% responded that they prefer not to wear gloves when they have their hands in the dirt. And, I have to agree with them. There is something that is so much more fruitful about planting a seedling without gloves. Plus it’s just easier to handle the tools, plants, and seeds!
After playing in the dirt, and a good scrub my hands are always a bit dry. Both water and soil can easily strip your skin’s natural moisture, and it’s so important to replenish it. I made a simple salve that can help do just that, plus a few other important benefits.
Tea Tree oil or Melaleuca is a natural antifungal, and helps to soothe in small scrapes or cuts you have. Lavender, which is the queen of cellular support, naturally cleanses and nourishes your skin. It also speeds up the healing process of wounds, and can improve scar tissue. I added Rosemary oil because of its ability to support your skin from sun damage, and free radicals. Rosemary has been used for centuries as a natural moisturizer. And, last but not least Geranium – this oil is amazing for overall skin health. Adding a few drops creates a beautiful floral fragrance, and reduces irritation.
2 tsp of Beeswax
1 c of Coconut Oil
¼ c of Shea Butter
Melt the above ingredients in a double boiler. Remove from heat and cool.
Once the salve mixture has cooled, you can add your essential oils.
10 drops of Melaleuca
10 drops of Lavender
5 drops of Rosemary
5 drops of Geranium
add Calendula petals and stir
Pour into tin or mason jar, and cool.
Apply this salve daily – after gardening or before bed – for refreshed hands.
***In this particular recipe, I wanted the salve to be fairly soft. If you would like it to be more firm you can add more beeswax, and use less coconut oil.