Gardener’s Soothing Hand Salve

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Gardener's Hand Salve Gardening is a favorite past time for many people-I get it-you literally make life out of nothing!  It’s so rewarding, yet can be so grueling!  I live amongst A LOT of nature, some of which is not wild.  Meaning-I’ve got a whole lot of weeding to do almost on a weekly basis!  My hands get wrecked and ravaged after a day of gardening.  I’m talking cuts, raw skin and rough dry patches.  I’m sure you fellow gardeners know exactly what I’m talking about.

After a particularly rough day in the yard, I realized a hand balm was exactly what I needed to nurse my sad, painful hands back to health.  So let’s make a balm for the hands that will speed up healing while reducing inflammation and kill mold and bacteria.  Plus, this balm will help relieve discomfort and protect!

Olive oil makes up the base of this salve.  Olive oil is very nourishing and contains a lot of antioxidants.  Plus, I just love the smell of olive oil when mixed with the essential oils in this recipe.  You won’t be disappointed!

I have added quite a bit of Lemon Essential oil.   This oil has been known to help lighten skin.  I thought this would be a perfect addition for hands that have seen better days!  Be sure to use this salve only when you are done being outdoors.  Citrus essential oils on the skin, when exposed to the sun, can actually cause your skin to be even more sensitive to the light.

You don’t have to use all the suggested essential oils, but the smell of this salve is OUT OF THIS WORLD.  It smells earthy yet fresh.  It’s crazy.  Oh and I’m using this all over too.  My hands aren’t the only body part that needs some moisture!  This little jar has found a home on my nightstand, that’s for sure!

DIY Gardener’s Hand Salve

1/2 cup Olive Oil (find it HERE)

1 heaping TBSP. Beeswax (find it HERE)

30 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)

20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (find it HERE)

15 drops Cypress Essential Oil (find it HERE)

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)


  1. Fill a medium sized pot half way full with water.
  2. Place a glass pyrex bowl with a spout in the water.
  3. Turn the stove to medium heat.
  4. Add Olive Oil and beeswax.
  5. Once beeswax is totally melted, remove from heat.
  6. Add essential oils.
  7. Pour into a glass jar.  Find mine HERE.

This recipe makes about 4 ounces.

gardener's hand salve 1Hope you enjoyed this simple DIY!  You’re going to love your new hand salve-it seriously smells amazing, heals skin fast and moisturizes like nothing else!!

xx, Jenni



Gardener's Hand Salve DIY


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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

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