Julie Hasson is the author of 9 cookbooks, including 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes, 125 Best Chocolate Recipes, 125 Best Cupcake Recipes and 300 Best Chocolate Recipes, Vegan Diner, Vegan Pizza and Vegan Casseroles. You can visit julie at www.juliehasson.com
After struggling with dry, chapped hands for years, I finally happened upon a homemade remedy that is heavenly. I love that it’s easy to make, you can customize the scent and it’s all natural. I don’t give exact measurements here, as you can make as much or as little of this as you like.
- About 1/4 to 1/2 cup pure shea butter*, depending on how much you want to make
- Pure essential oil of choice, such as lavender or lemon or grapefruit
- A few drops of vitamin E oil, optional (but this acts as a natural preservative)
- In a microwave-safe glass measuring cup or canning jar, scoop shea butter. Heat for a minute or two on high power, until the shea butter is melted. It may take a little longer or shorter, depending on the power of your microwave.
- Using a dropper, add in the essential oil a drop at a time, until you are happy with the level of fragrance. Some people prefer a little more and some a little less. Add in a couple of drops of vitamin E oil, if using, and stir until mixed.
- Pour the mixture into a jar or container of choice. Let cool and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, or until firm.
- Use the shea butter for dry chapped hands, feet and lips. I have even used it on a chapped nose when I had a bad cold, and it softened my skin right up.
*You can find pure shea butter in health food stores and online. One of my favoritye sources is Mountain Rose Herbs (www.mountainroseherbs.com)