We can look after our faces and work out at the gym but if we don’t take care of our hands it can all be a bit of a waste of time, because the hands reflect our age very well and give the game away in an instant. Age spots make their first appearance on the hands and one of the first signs of departed youth is when the skin on the back of the hands becomes loose and wrinkled.
Unfortunately, if you work with your hands a great deal this stretches the skin more than ever, and everyone’s hands are exposed to pollutants more than any other part of the body–just think of how much dirt, grease, grime, and heavy detergents a pair of hands has to handle every day. Although the skin on the palm of the hands is thicker than on other parts of the body, except for the soles of the feet, we should really wear rubber gloves for many of the jobs we do–but how many people bother?
Thankfully, essential oils can help to keep hands looking their best. If you have a favorite hand cream you can simply blend the essential oils into that, although it is always better to make a cream from scratch. Don’t be surprised if you find that you are supplying the whole family–essential oil hand creams tend to disappear very quickly!
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HAND CARE
FOR DRY HANDS
OILS FOR NEGLECTED HANDS
Choose from these lists the essential oils you require and add them to the following lotions: basic hand cream (10 drops), barrier cream (20 drops), and jelly barrier (10 drops).
Basic Hand Care Cream
- Cocoa butter ½ ounce
- Almond oil 2 tablespoons
- Beeswax ½ ounce
- Evening primrose oil 5 drops
- Carrot oil 5 drops
Melt the cocoa butter and the beeswax in a bain-marie, then add the almond, evening primrose, and carrot oils. You now have a basic hand cream that can be made thinner by adding more almond oil, or thicker by putting less almond oil in to begin with. Finally, add your chosen 10 drops of essential oil.
Luxurious Hand Care Oil
- Carrot oil 10 drops
- Avocado oil 2 teaspoons
- Jojoba oil 10 drops
- Evening primrose oil 10 drops
- Vitamin E capsules 2 (*)
Blend well then add:
- Rose 5 drops
- Lemon 2 drops
- Geranium l drop
- Sandalwood 2 drops
(*) 1 capsule = 250 lUs
You need only a tiny amount of this oil each time. Massage it well into the hands.
- Lanolin 1 ounce
- Beeswax ½ ounce
- Mineral oil 3 ounces
- Lavender floral water (*) 4 ounces
- Borax 1 good pinch (approx. ¼ teaspoon)
(*) See: Making Your Own Essential Oils
Mix the lanolin and beeswax, then add the mineral oil. In another container mix the lavender water and borax. Combine both mixtures thoroughly in a blender. Add the essential oils of your choice. Rosemary, lavender, and thyme are very good choices for use in a barrier cream because they have antibacterial properties. Use a total of 20 drops of essential oil.
Jelly Barrier for hand care
- Arrowroot 1 tablespoon
- Glycerine 1 tablespoon
- Floral water (*) 5 ounces
- Essential oil of your choice 10 drops
(*) See: Making Your Own Essential Oils
Put the glycerine in a small pot and heat very slowly. Add the arrowroot and then the floral water (I like the rose best, but use whichever you prefer). Blend this mixture in a blender, then add the essential oils.
The upper arms are as prone to sagging as are the breasts and neck. Cellulite also tends to affect this area. Sensible arm exercise helps keep the arms toned and firm, and if this is your only problem area then use the following formula and treatment.
The underside of the upper arm is very near the lymph gland in the armpit and this makes treating the underarms very easy with a form of lymphatic drainage. First make up your synergistic blend:
UNDERARM SYNERGISTIC BLEND
- Cypress 5 drops
- Lavender 10 drops
- Fennel 8 drops
- Juniper 7 drops
Make up a synergistic blend using the above proportions and then make a massage oil using 5 drops of the blend to each 1 teaspoon of base vegetable oil; use 8 drops to a bottle containing 4 ounces of water for the splash.
Hold one arm straight in the air above your head and with the other stroke it firmly downward towards the armpit, as if trying to push the flesh under your arm. Do this at least ten times with each arm. Now repeat the whole procedure but this time using a washcloth which has been soaked in the essential oil and water splash. Dry, then massage the whole of one arm towards the armpit, and then the other arm.
Making Your Own Essential Oils
Home stills can often be bought and will save you a great deal of trouble. With these stills you can make floral waters and small quantities of essential oils, but although the quantity may be small it will go a very long way, and quality, which is of utmost importance, can be ensured.
Also, you can produce essential oils which may not be readily available commercially. Depending on the flower or herb, the raw material you require may be enormous or quite small, and depending on the exact procedures you follow, the strength of the finished product can be varied to suit your requirements. You will see from the various procedures that follow that there are also other ways of making essential oils and flower- or herb-infused vegetable oils, but whichever method you choose remember that organically grown raw materials are a far better option than those grown with the usual pesticides and fertilizers, so even if you do not plan to start making your own oils just yet, do begin right now to think about ways of growing your raw materials organically. This is especially important if you plan to use your finished products therapeutically, but in any event, making your own oils gives you tremendous scope for concocting your own cosmetic lotions and potions.
Wish you always healthy and happy in life.
This article is for reference only and to share experiences, and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment.
Source: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ESSENTIAL OILS & AROMATHERAPY – Valerie Ann Worwood & Essential Oil Natural Remedies – ALTHEA PRESS