DIY Lavender Hand Soak
Giving yourself a manicure at home is not only economically wise, it’s relaxing and a quick way to pamper yourself. When you go to a nail shop, they usually soak your hands warm soapy water. If the water is soapy, in most cases it contains some sort of detergent which can dry your hands and cuticles out. No wonder your cuticles need attention in just a few weeks after getting a manicure. One of the most effective ways of moisturizing your hand and nails is not to soak in soapy water, but to soak your hands in oil. We have a growing selection of natural oils in our Urban Apothecary. One oil that works well for hand soaking is apricot kernel oil. Apricot kernel oil is a light natural oil that comes from the seeds of apricots. It is a nutritionally supportive oil that will leave your hands soft and smooth but you can use any natural carrier oil.
Our homemade lavender hand soak recipe is super easy. It only calls for two ingredients: Apricot kernel oil ( or any other natural oil) and lavender essential oil. You’ll need a small bowl, 2 tablespoons of oil and 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix the oils in the small bowl and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds ( use the double boiler method if you don’t dig the microwave) add the lavender essential oil and mix together.
Make sure the oil is not too hot because the benefits of essential oils are minimized when they get too hot. Soak your nails in the warm oil mixture for 5-10 minutes then massage into the nail, hands and arm ( show the elbows some love). Wipe off excess oil with a warm towel. You do not need a fancy towel warmer, a well wrung out face towel with work just fine. Be sure to let me know if you try the recipe. I’d love to hear from you and add your comments to the blog post.
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