Homemade Hand and Foot Care for Gardeners

These recipes can help alleviate sore feet and rough hands after a long day in the garden.

| May/June 2019

Photo by Getty Images/TommL.

I started making my own beauty products at a very young age. My father was a farmer, which meant we lived in the country. Commercial beauty products were hard to buy because they were sold in town, and I was too young to drive. But I loved reading beauty books and magazines for hours in my room. I spent even more hours in our family bathroom mixing up my own potions, lotions, and treatments.

Everyone can grow a natural beauty garden that suits their personal needs and resources, and in addition to the satisfaction you’ll receive from making and using your own products, the savings can’t be beat. Once you’ve made your first skin-care product, I’m convinced that, just like me, you’ll be hooked on whipping up a continually growing variety of them.

Note: The following recipes to soothe tired hands and feet after a long day spent gardening are generally safe and effective. However, it’s not possible to predict an individual person’s reaction to specific ingredients. Unless you’ve had prior experience with the substances in the following recipes, be cautious the first time you use them.

Photo by Getty Images/Halfpoint.

Green Thumb Hand Cream

Green thumbs and rough, dry hands no longer need to be the result of a day spent gardening. Use this rich cream before and after a day spent planting, weeding, and pruning to keep your hands soft and full of moisture. I like to massage it into my skin before putting on my gardening gloves. The dark sesame oil acts as a mild sunscreen, and the scent of lavender is a natural insect repellent.

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