Skin Deep: Hand Mask

Easy herbal treatments to protect, preserve

| March/April 1997

Makes 1 to 2 applications

Try this mask after a day of manual labor to soothe and soften aching hands.

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh mullein ­flowers, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons glycerin
  1. Combine all of the ingredients, blend, and let stand for 10 minutes. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes.
  2. For maximum softening, wrap the masked hands with warm, wet towels for 15 minutes, then wipe off the mask.

Adapted from The Skin Care Book: Simple Herbal Recipes by Kathlyn Quatrochi (Loveland, Colorado: Interweave Press, 1997). Kathlyn is a naturopathic doctor who lives in California, where she teaches herbal skin care, maintains a skin treatment practice, and makes Bio Balance Skin Care Products.

Click here for more recipes from the original article, Skin Deep. 

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