Hand Saving Recipe!

Honey Sugar Scrub Hand Treatment 

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp powdered milk

1/4 tsp lemon juice

Mix together into a slightly runny paste in a bowl.

Apply gently rubbing the mixture into damp hands. Let mixture sit on hands for at least 10 minutes. I recommend applying the mixture onto hands over the sink and putting each hand in a baggie to contain any mess. Wash hands in warm not hot water without soap. Once rinsed off apply hand cream.

I like to do this treatment once to twice a week at night.

If you have any allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients please don’t try this recipe.

Make Your Own Hand & Foot Soaks!

While the ingredients sound strange together keep in mind the ingredients are chosen for how they benefit your skin not how appetizing they are. You are not drinking these soaks you are making them to help give yourself softer and more youthful hands and feet. You could if you wish do a bath for your body with any of these soaks. Just remember to completely rinse your body afterwords, scrub and rinse out your tub, and you may want put a thin cloth or paper towel over the bath tub drain right before you drain the tub to collect ingredients from the soak so you don’t get a clogged drain. Another option is to put any large pieces in pantyhose and knot the ends to infuse the bath without a mess.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the soak don’t make the recipe you may have an allergic reaction!

Hand & Foot* Soak Recipes:

Put all ingredients in the below recipes in either a microwave safe bowl and microwave slowly at medium or low until warmed.  Or heat slowly in a non-copper pan at low heat until warm.  Once warm let the ingredients steep together for at least 10 minutes rewarm if necessary before soaking your hands or feet.

Always soak for 15-20 minutes unless stated and rinse your skin after the soak with water. Apply cuticle oil, I like Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil (available online or at Whole Foods), and hand or foot cream while the skin is still damp to lock in moisture.

*Double recipes for feet

The Egyptian:

Warm 1 quart of whole milk (cow or goat) or buttermilk

Add:
1 large hand full of fresh parsley
1 inch of fresh ginger sliced into thin slivers
3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
3 tablespoons of honey

This recipe is natures way to naturally exfoliate & promote circulation this treatment really takes you back to the ancient Egyptians. Like Cleopatra bathing in milk for beautiful skin.

Dancing Happy:

For the hands & feet that need extra exfoliation.

Warm 1 pint soy milk
1 pint whole milk (cow or goat) or buttermilk
Add:
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
3 garlic cloves sliced, diced, minced or crushed, just not whole
1 teaspoon hot paprika or cayenne powder (beware of open skin or touching your eyes it will sting!)
2 cinnamon sticks

These ingredients help to relieve inflammation, stimulate circulation, warm & revitalize the body, great for dancers feet, overworked feet, & arthritis!

The Stain Remover Soak

Designed to lighten yellow nails! Do not use the recipe for anything other than your nails!

1 pint warm water

Add:

2 tablespoons lemon juice (beware of open skin and your eyes it may sting)
2 tablespoons strawberry juice
1 denture stain remover tablet
1 small hand full of parsley

Soak nails only for minutes or until stains are removed. Rinse well, then apply a good cuticle oil. Lemon juice is a great natural bleach for getting yellow stains out, strawberries are a natural whitener, denture stain remover helps lifts the pigment.

Deodorizing:

For those who need a little help with smelly feet this kills odor causing bacteria and deodorizes,

Warm 1 quart water
Add:

6 tablespoons of baking soda
3 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 large hand full each of fresh mint bruising the leaves and fresh parsley
1 orange sliced
3 tablespoons Epsom salts
1 tablespoon of chlorophyll

Disclaimer:
While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

Mudras: Yoga for the Hands!

Mudras are a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism.  They are kind of like yoga for the hands. Mudras are hand positions, or exercises, used to balance various energies in the body.

Via Sundari

In Ayurveda, there are five elements, and each corresponds with one of the fingers:

Thumb represents fire

Second finger represents air

Third finger represents space

Fourth finger, or ring finger, represents earth

Little finger represents water

Mudras can have positive effects on our physiology. And we can get some of the same benefits by working with our hands, playing an instrument, washing our hands, and massaging our hands. The next time you wash your hands, try consciously massaging them at the same time. Spend time on each finger, and then rub both palms together vigorously. While you’re sitting at your desk, use the thumb and index finger to gently massage the “web” between each of your fingers. Place one hand on your desk, and use the second, third, and fourth fingers of the other hand to gently massage between the long bones on the back of the hand.

English: Naruto Mudrā - "Monkey", Ve...

English: Naruto Mudrā – “Monkey”, Vectorized from a photograph.

Give your hands a treat,we abuse they them everyday!

How to keep your hands looking youthful.

Protect and moisturize!

English: Female hands.

The two most important rules to youthful looking hands, so many peopleconcentrate on making their face look youthful, failing to take the time to care for their hands.

  Protect your hands by wearing gloves when doing dishes, working outdoors, keep your hands exposure to chemicals and water to a minimum and always moisturize them once clean.  Keep hand cream in convenient places so that you are sure to use it.  The kitchen and bathroom sink, your car, purse, and your desk at work are all great places.  Your daily daytime hand cream should have sun block for sun protection and lactic or glycolic acids, to protect and revitalize the skin.  At night apply a heavier hand cream.  You don’t need a hand cream with sun block at night.  For better penetration of the product wear cotton gloves to bed, this also helps if you touch your face or sleep on your hands at night to keep from transferring the heavy cream to your face causing break outs.

Use a face or body scrub to exfoliate your hands once to twice a week.  Don’t use pressure when using a scrub on any part of the body all you need is the light movement of your hand to have the scrub do its job.

Pay attention to your cuticles and nails.  You may want to buy cuticle/nail oil if they are very dry and peeling.  Apply a drop of oil to each nail and work into the cuticle and nail.

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