Gardener’s Hands

Are you hands on in the garden?  I start out with gloves, but end up working in our gardens with my bare hands.  There is something primal about touching, planting and working the soil with my hands.  I feel better connected to mother earth.

At one time in my life, having farmer hands was soooo embarrassing!  My hands can be rough and not look so, let’s say, well kept!  At this stage of my life though, I really don’t care what folks think.  I play in the dirt!  A LOT!

I keep my nails short and if I need to have them polished for a specific event (it has to be a good one), I get a gel polish. I can’t get out the door of a salon without ruining just a plain old manicure.  WHAAAAAA!  Who can relate?

I found this very easy Gardener’s Scrub on Pinterest (where else, LOL!).  I decided to give it a try.  My lovely assistant, Anna (my Granddaughter) assisted me every step of the way and took all the photos!  I must say, this scrub has helped the roughness of my hands and really cleans them up!

My theory is, the Epsom salts (I bought the kind with lavender in it because I’m thinking it would be lovely in a bath) and the Kosher salt which has large salt crystals will help to exfoliate and sooth my gardener hands.

The smell is incredible too!

Here we go with the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Zest of 1 Large Lemon
  • Juice of 1 Large Lemon
  • Leave of 5-6 Stems of Fresh Thyme (I used Rosemary because I have it in my garden)
  • 1-1/2 Cups of Epsom Salt (I used the kind infused with lavender because I thought it would be nice in a warm bath after a hard day’s work on the farm)
  • 1 Cup of Kosher Salt (I keep this in my kitchen and use it often to cook with)
  • ¼ Cup of Coconut Oil (I use coconut oil for the popcorn we grow – recipe to follow later)
  • ½ Cup of Natural Liquid Soap
  • Optional:
  • 5 drops of Essential Oil (lemon, rosemary, lavender) I didn’t use this

 

Instructions

  1.  Combine softened Coconut Oil with the Juice and Zest of 1 Large Lemon till smooth

IMG_E14682.  Add the Liquid Soap and the Leaves of Thyme or Rosemary and blend

IMG_E14723.  Add the Epsom Salts and Kosher Salt and combine well

4.  You may need more salt or liquid at this point – add sparingly

5.  Add the Optional Essential Oil

6.  Pack up in Mason Jars – we filled five 4 oz jelly jars. One for me and 4 to give away

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If you give as a gift, it would be nice to put a label on it and wrap twine around it. A little spoon would be nice too.  (As you can see, I just hand wrote what was in the jar and we moved on)

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I really like this scrub.  And, I’ve been given rave reviews from those that we gifted the scrub to.  I keep it by my sink and use it every day (sometime more than once)!

It was fun and very easy to make with my 11 year old granddaughter.  She thinks I should be vlogging (video blog – I had to google it – LOL)  instead of blogging.  I told her to give me time….YIKES – stall tactic!

Let me know what you think of the scrub!

By the way, it’s not too late to plant a cut flower garden!  I’m still planting cut flowers for our PYO Flower Garden that will open late June or early July.  Click HERE to find my 5 Favorite Easy Cut Flower varieties for your garden.

See you soon!

Karen

 

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