Gardener’s Hand Cream
This hand cream is especially beneficial for those hard-working hands. Because you are using unpreserved vegetable oils, if you don’t have a cool, dark place to store the hand cream or a friend to share with, consider making only half this recipe at a time. To make calendula tea, pour a cup of boiling water over half a teaspoon of dried calendula flower petals and let it steep until cool.
3 tablespoons beeswax, grated or shaved
1/2 cup sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons calendula tea
3 drops lavender essential oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix all the ingredients. Set the microwave to a medium heat and cook 30 seconds or until beeswax is melted. Remove from the oven with hot pads and allow to cool.
2. Pour mixture into a wide mouth, sterilized jar with a tight top. Store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.