Gardener's Hand Salve Recipe

Treat rough, cracked hands with this rejuvenating hand salve after a long day in the garden.

Hand Salve

Craft soothing hand salve to refresh your hands after a long day of gardening.

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As lovely as digging into the soil feels come spring, working with our hands (and vigorously scrubbing afterward) can leave them cracked and dry.


• 4 tablespoons grated beeswax
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• 8 tablespoons almond oil
• 25 drops lavender essential oil
• 10 drops tea tree oil
• 6 drops spearmint oil


1. In a double boiler, melt beeswax.

2. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and almond oils, then essential oils.

3. Pour into a small jar and let cool before putting on the lid. Massage into hands as needed.