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The spring season is finally here! Time to haul bags of rich soil into our cars, peruse potted plants in store greenhouses, and dig up our gardening tools for some down-to-earth spring landscaping!

But hard work doesn’t go unpunished. After toiling away in your garden, you’re not only left with a row of fresh daisies, but a pair of rough, cracked hands. Don’t worry, this homemade salve will have your hands feeling soft and smooth again.

Ingredients

4 Tablespoons of Grated Beeswax

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Who better than spring’s busiest workers to provide you with the base for your ointment. Beeswax mixes well with the other oils you will be using, and has properties that soften and smooth the skin.

4 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

It’s pretty annoying to slather ample amounts of moisturizer on your skin, only to find out that your skin still feels dry and no matter how much more product you spread on your skin, it seems that it will always feel dry…forever.

Coconut oil contains saturated fats that lock in skin moisture. You won’t need to return to your salve for a second layering…unless you want to.

8 Tablespoons of Almond Oil

What’s really cool about this oil is its ability to protect your skin from the merciless rays of the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate the skin, causing wrinkling, sunburns, aging and skin cancer. Almond oil can even reverse the damage caused by sun exposure.

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No longer will you hide your hands, embarrassed of what the blazing sun has done to them. With almond oil, you’re letting the sun know that you’re not afraid of it and that this is your time to shine!

25 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

A lot of people really like the smell of lavender, but bugs don’t! If you’re already the victim of a bug bite, lavender essential oil can reduce your irritation and pain. Lavender essential oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, and can treat and heal a variety of skin ailments such as burns, cuts, wounds and scar tissues.

However, if you are pregnant, avoid using this essential oil. Just replace the 25 drops with more of the other oils.

10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil has much of the same benefits as lavender essential oil. Tea tree oil is also used to heal skin infections, treat ringworm, and remove ticks.

6 Drops of Spearmint Oil

Spearmint oil is also a great insecticide, disinfectant and antiseptic. However, like lavender oil, it is best to avoid it if you are pregnant.

Instructions

1. Melt your beeswax in a double boiler so that you can mix the oils with it later.
2. Remove the beeswax from heat when it has melted and stir in all the oils.
3. Pour your mixture in a small jar and let it cool before putting on the lid. Store it in a cool place.

That’s all there is to it! Your hands can now reap the benefits of your homemade garden salve! Check out a pleasant picture of it at MotherEarthLearning.

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