"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Soothing Rose Hand Cream Recipe

My soothing rose hand cream is made similarly to the Body Cream from Shoshana's Kitchen, but it ends up more like an ointment. My first inspiration to use a salve to make a lotion came from Bulk Herb Store. Later I pick out my salve and went looking online for the instructions, and turned out the one I was using had some of the same herbs. :) My ingredients are a little bit different, but if you're a visual learner before I tell you about mine go take a look at this video to see Shoshana make her amazing cream.

To make this cream or lotion, you want to make a salve first. You can start by extracting the great herbal properties into the oil. Then add your wax and harden it. Lastly, it goes in a blender along with the rest of the things on the list.

My ingredients. Take a look at the list of what I included:
  • Rose Petals
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Coconut Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Vitamin E oil (I used a capsule full, by poking a hole in it and squeezing it out)
  • Mango Butter
  • Distilled Water (I had learned you can use distilled water instead of the aloe. Since it was cold and wet out, I didn't want to take time outside to cut a bunch of aloe, and so I used a bit of distilled water.) If you use water instead of aloe vera, keep in mind it will have a short shelf life.
Soothing Rose Hand Cream
My salve was made by infusing the three herbs in coconut oil all day in a mini crockpot. After straining out the herbs, I melted in mango butter and beeswax. Then to make my cream/ointment, I put the salve, some vitamin E oil, and distilled water together in a blender. (When I made mine, I only had a large blender, and it was hard to get it to blend enough -The solids stuck to the sides and left the liquids below. I had to start and stop it way too many times. You may want to use a small one, something you can shake, if possible!) In the end, it was more runny than fluffy - I'm not sure if the water was too much for it, or if it was the way I blended it - but it later set up nicely. :)

This recipe is so soothing to dry, cracked and painful hands. The first jar full ended up going to the grandmother of one of my deaf girls; the grandmother works in the strawberry fields, picking all day long. She ends up with black cracked hands that are so painful. She said the ointment really helped her hands feel better!

Will you try making this? Would you be willing to try, even if you don't have exactly what I used?