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How To Make Gardener's Hand Scrub

by Andrea Butje on June 08, 2015

I call this recipe “Gardener’s Hand Scrub”…

… but it works for anything that leaves hard-to-remove dirt on your hands! It cleans deep in the creases of your fingerprints and under your nails. So even if you’re not a gardener, this hand scrub can be great to have “on hand.” (I couldn’t resist!)

I made a YouTube video showing you how to make Gardener’s Hand Scrub, so you can watch me do it and get an idea for how yours will look.

This recipe makes enough Gardener’s Hand Scrub for a 4 oz (120 ml) glass jar (with a little space left over).

The ingredients are:

  • 1.5 oz (42 gm) pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 oz (28 gm) Coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 25 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 15 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

Directions:

Blend your salt, coconut oil, and jojoba. You can blend them right in the 4 oz (120 ml) jar. Then add your essential oils.

When you make Gardener’s Hand Scrub you'll notice it's a very oily recipe, so don’t worry if you see all the salt at the bottom of the jar, and the oils floating at the top. The salt is going to give you a gentle abrasive action, and the coconut and jojoba help the dirt to slide off, while moisturizing your skin.

Just shake the jar before using it, and then scoop a little out. When you’ve scrubbed all over your hands and between your fingers, rinse your hands. You may want to leave the oils on your skin—they really feel so luscious!—or you can wash your hands with some soap to remove the oils.

I make Gardener’s Hand Scrub with Lemon and Lavender essential oils, which are great for disinfecting any small cuts you might have on your hands, and helping them to heal.

It is true that Lemon is a phototoxic citrus oil, but we’re using it in a small enough dilution (12 drops per 1 oz/30 ml is safe) that it will not cause phototoxic reactions in direct sunlight. So you can go right back out in the garden and get your hands all dirty again!

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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