Now that it’s finally March, we can finally start breathing a sigh of relief that winter is starting to fade into distant memory, right? Right? Well, maybe not quite yet. It seems like for every sunny day we’ve had lately, that only instigates another week of freezing temps and brutal wind–two things that our already-dry hands don’t fare well against even when they’re shielded by a pair of gloves or hiding inside fleecy pockets. Fortunately, this lavender lemon hand and cuticle balm contains coconut oil that will moisturize cuticles to prevent them from cracking and soften dry skin, fresh lemon juice that will dissolve dead skin and disinfect any open wounds and lavender that helps reduce any redness and inflammation in the cuticle area. And after your hands and cuticles are restored to their pre-winter softness, it serves as a fantastic aromatherapy massage oil for worn-out hands that are still getting used to the glove-free lifestyle.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice or two fresh lemon halves
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil (the oil is easier to work with as a liquid, and heating it up in the microwave for 20-30 seconds should melt it down), lemon juice (either from a bottle or squeezed from the lemon halves) and lavender essential oil in until blended well and store in a container in the fridge for 1-2 hours, or until the liquid oil has become completely solid. This will allow the mixture to become a balm (it also allows for less waste, which is always a good thing). Using your finger or a spoon, scoop out a quarter-sized dollop into hands and massage for 30 seconds, focusing on the cuticles and knuckles. Repeat as often as necessary throughout the day, or use at night just before bed.

Will you try this lemon lavender hand and cuticle balm?

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