Hands, Feet & Nail Care

Fingernail Treatments

1) Beat 1 egg yolk in a small bowl. Soak fingernails for 5 minutes. Rinse.

2) Forget the Palmolive Madge! Make a solution of pure castile soap and water in a large bowl, soak hands and nails for about 10-15 minutes.

Dill & Horsetail Nail Soak

2 Tbsp chopped horsetail herb
2 Tbsp dill seeds
1 cup boiling water
Pour water over herbs, steep for 1-2 hours. Strain and bottle. To use: warm some of the solution, pour into a small bowl, soak nails for 10 minutes.

Lady's Mantle Hand Mask

2 Tbsp finely ground oatmeal
1Tbsp lady's mantle infusion
1 tsp avocado oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp glycerin
Mix all to form a smooth paste. Apply to hands at bedtime. Leave on for 1/2 hour, wash off and apply moisturizing cream overnight (wear gloves) Wash off in the morning.

Cornmeal Hands Mask

Mix 1/4 cup corn meal with 3 Tbsp. milk. Heat over low heat until a paste forms. Add 1 drop almond oil. Let cool. Spread on hands, leave on for about 10 minutes. Rinse.

Lady's Mantle Hand Lotion

2 Tbsp of a strong infusion of lady's mantle
2 Tbsp glycerin
2 tsp carrageen moss (Irish Moss) melted in a little hot water
4 Tbsp vodka
10 drops essential oil of rose or geranium
Stir glycerin into melted moss. Add essential oil to vodka, then blend into the glycerin mixture. Stir in lady's mantle infusion, blend well. Pour into jar, cap tightly. Shake before using.

Heavy Duty Barrier Cream

4 Tbsp Unpetroleum Jelly (available in natural foods stores)
2 handfuls fresh elderflowers
Melt jelly, add elderflowers. Steep for 45 minutes, reheating the jelly when it solidifies. Reheat until mixture is liquified, strain through a fine sieve into a jar. Cool, then cap tightly.

Heavy Duty Gardeners Hand Cream

2 Tablespoons of shaved beeswax
1/2 Teaspoon of carnuba wax
2 Tablespoons of jojoba oil
1 Teaspoon of aloe vera gel
10 drops of Vitamin E oil ( or 4 capsules)
1 drop of your favorite essentail oil for fragrance
Melt the first four ingredients in a stainless steel pot on the stove or use a glass pyrex cup in the microwave. Remove from heat and beat until cool, adding the Vitamin E oil before mixture thickens. Continue beating until this mixture becomes creamy. Add your favorite essential oil, continue beating until cream has completely cooled. Spoon your cream into a jar, store in a cool dark place.

Banana Hand & Foot Cream

Dry hands and feet will become smooth and soft overnight if you mix:
Lemon juice
Natural margarine
Smear on hands and wear white gloves to bed. Wash off in the morning. For dry feet, smear the mixture on and wear heavy socks to bed, wash off in the morning.

Wheatgerm Hot Oil Fingernail Treatment

Soak fingernails in warmed wheat germ oil for about 5 minutes. Wipe off oil, then massage nails. Strengthens weak and brittle nails.

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