Hands, Feet & Nail Care
1) Beat 1 egg yolk in a small bowl. Soak fingernails for 5 minutes.
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.
2 Tbsp chopped horsetail herb
Dill & Horsetail Nail Soak
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.
2 Tbsp finely ground oatmeal
Lady's Mantle Hand Mask
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.
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.
Cornmeal Hands Mask
2 Tbsp of a strong infusion of lady's mantle
Lady's Mantle Hand Lotion
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.
4 Tbsp Unpetroleum Jelly (available in natural foods stores)
Heavy Duty Barrier Cream
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.
2 Tablespoons of shaved beeswax
Heavy Duty Gardeners Hand Cream
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.
Dry hands and feet will become smooth and soft overnight if you mix:
Banana Hand & Foot Cream
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.
Soak fingernails in warmed wheat germ oil for about 5 minutes. Wipe off oil, then massage nails. Strengthens weak and brittle nails.
Wheatgerm Hot Oil Fingernail Treatment
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