As a sufferer of eczema, I have tried more hand creams, hand balms, and hand lotions that you could ever imagine. I cannot find a commercial hand balm that will not aggravate my hand condition. It is quite aggravating to have no options.
So, I did what all grandchildren of mountain people would do, I decided to make my own hand balm using all natural products. With eczema you walk a fine line, you want to keep your hands dry enough to prevent flaking, cracking, and bleeding, but not so moist that extra oils develop and cause the breakout and itching.
It seems like as more people turn to all natural products, more people are making their own products. We have indeed returned to the methods of our ancestors for quality products and amazing results.
Handmade lotions/balms do just the job with my eczema. I keep my lotion in small glass jar and while no one has ever told me to refrigerate it, I do refrigerate it. A cool lotion on aggravated hands is a beautiful thing indeed. I bought all my products for my hand balm at my local, natural friendly market.
10 ounces of high quality coconut oil
5 ounces of soy wax
6 ounces of cocoa butter (some people use a Shea butter)
6 ounces of nut oil (I use almond, maker’s choice)
Citrus essential oil (I have used lavender before)
Melt the wax in a double boiler
Add the oils and then meld in the butter
Simmer and stir until all products are thoroughly mixed
Cool and then put in your container of your choice
Use a glass container with a very tight seal
Use as often as you want or need
Apply my homemade, all natural hand balm and smell and feel the magic! Your skin will be smooth, you will not have outbreaks, and you will love how inexpensive making your own hand balm can be.