A Gardeners Hand Salve: For Dry, Cracked Hands

I started my journey to herbalism and partial veganism a long time ago with my curiosity in herbs. I fell deeply in love with the healing powers of the food and plants on earth. In all of my life I never had any luck with traditional medicine. I was always in and out of Dr. offices for different skin rashes, and different diet and mental struggles and even into my teen years I developed menstrual issues and ovarian cysts.

Painful ones, cysts that would come with every single period and some that would get so large it would send me to my knees for a couple of hours. But I’m not going to discuss that any deeper in this article because this here is a recipe for lotion.
I had spent the majority of my life juggling different lotions, steroid creams and rash creams trying to get rid of my dry hands and rashes and there is nothing that has ever worked so effectively or medicinally then natural earthly products, and more specifically, herbal and organic hand made products.

This recipe can be adjusted to your personal preference but its main purpose is to help alleviate discomfort from dry, cracked hands from the summer gardening soil or the winter wind. So enjoy it and play with it all you need.

Dry Cracked Hand Salve

This recipe is meant to fill a 4oz Glass Jar of salve.

You will need:

  • 4oz of Unrefined Organic Shea Butter
  • 4oz of Organic Cocoa Butter
  • 2tsp of Beeswax pellets

Equal Parts of Organic Herb:

  • Dried or fresh Calendula Flower
  • Dried or fresh Comfrey Leaf
  • Dried or fresh Goldenseal Leaf
  • Dried or fresh Lavender Flower
  • Dried or fresh Chamomile Flower
  • Fresh Dandelion Flowers


  • Mesh Strainer
  • Funnel
  • Double Broiler or ( make shift double broiler ) *Bowl on top of a pot of water
  • Spoon
  • Pyrex Measuring Cup
  • Two 4oz Glass Jar for storage



  1. First start by setting up your double broiler and turning it to a medium low heat. Make sure the bowl or jar that your going to put your herb and butters into isn’t touching the bottom of the pan or it will burn.
  2. First put in your cocoa butter, shea butter and beeswax and wait until they completely melt.
  3. Once your butters have completely melted, turn your heat to a low setting and add in your herbs and flower. Make sure you don’t add too much. Adding too much flower and herb can make the mixture dry and put it at risk for burning. To make it easier maybe try to mix equal parts of the herbs in a separate container before adding them into the oil.
  4. When you add in your flower and herb, be sure to stir them into the oil and make sure all of them have been submerged and covered.
  5. Let the herb and flower infuse on the stove for up to two hours. Check on them and maybe give them a good stir every 20 minutes.
  6. Once your herb and oil mixture has been infusing for a couple of hours remove it from the stove and immediately place into a strainer over a pourable container such as a Pyrex Measuring Cup. (Use a funnel if needed).
  7. Use your spoon to squeeze out all of the oil from the herb, because the best stuff is soaking and sapped to the outside of the flowers and herbs.
  8. Once you have squeezed out as much as you can quickly add it into your jars and let the mixture cool and set for up to 3 hours before using. (To speed it up you can place it in the fridge, but I would let it at least come to room temperature before adding it into the fridge.)

Enjoy this salve and use it as often as needed!



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