Showing posts with label DIY Herbals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY Herbals. Show all posts

DIY Hand Scrub for Gardeners!

Make this DIY Hand Scrub especially for Gardeners who may forget to wear gloves :-) Its easy to make! Gets hands SO clean and leaves them super soft. #homesteader #DIYhandscrub #DIYscrub

This DIY Hand Scrub is formulated especially for gardeners! I know I can't be the only one who forgets their gardening gloves! Sometimes on purpose, once the soil warms up because I just really like the feel of warm soil in my hands.

But that makes my fingers look awful and sometimes does cause surface scratches on my skin that needs to be cared for so nothing gets infected!

What makes this DIY Hand Scrub special!

When I was in Esthetics school my favorite chapters in our textbooks were about ingredients and their effects on the skin. Natural plants and herbs have so many benefits, not just for our insides but for our largest organ, the skin. The skin has optimal abilities for absorbing what it comes in contact with. So being chemical free is important as well as needing products that really work!

I came up with this easy DIY Hand scrub with gardeners in mind several years ago. I actually sold it for a few years in my online shop! It did really well. 

Since I no longer sell scrubs I decided it was time to share it with my fellow gardeners and previous customers so they can make their own. 

The Ingredients and why they are important

The key ingredients are infused comfrey oil, tea tree, and lavender essential oils. 

Comfrey: The healing action of comfrey on wounds comes from a constituent contained in the leaf and root called allantoin. This compound is a cell proliferate which helps to regenerate wounded areas of the body and speed up new healthy cell growth! In most all of my skin care products over the years, I included comfrey because it works to support healing and beautifies! Allantoin is used in most skin care products but is typically lab synthesized. The real thigs works SO much better! I add a comfrey leaf infused oil and a tsp. of comfrey root powder for its help and support to heal minor skin scratches that can occur when gardening without gloves. I can not say enough about the positive effects of comfrey on the skin for these reasons and so much more. It's literally worked overnight for me in some situations! I believe in it so much I'm actually writing a whole book on it! Check this post if you do not know how to make an herbal oil infusion DIY Herbal for Horses whether you are making it for human or animal its the same thing 🐴 

Lavender Oil: Has wonderful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help with bug bites as well as minor wound healing support! Plus it smells amazing and helps mellow out the stronger fragrance of comfrey and tea tree oils.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: Helps with dry, itchy skin and skin irritations. It's anti-inflammatory and also helps support any minor wounds. 

The other Ingredients that make it work so well!

Those are the ingredients that help support any healing of bites or scratches from rocks out rough dirt that can occur for us that 'forget' our gloves occasionally!
But these are the ingredients that get your hands clean!! Even the tiny little crevices in the fingers!

Sugar: Just plain old cheap sugar! In fact, scrubs are the only reason I have sugar in my house at all! It is a natural, gentle abrasive that removes dead skin cells and dirt easily. It helps keep skin unclogged and clear! 

Olive Oil: Is what I use to infuse the comfrey. Its prevents signs of photo-aging and sun damage. The fatty acids absorb quickly into the skin making it a great moisturizer. 

Soap Sheds: I prefer adding soap shreds to this and really any scrub I make. Soap shreds add another level of clean! And also help reduce an oily feel that might be left behind on the skin. I highly recommend you use a natural handmade soap with extra moisturizing benefits like a goat milk soap or one of my Donkey Milk Soaps

Making a DIY Hand Scrub

Vegetable Glycerin: It's a natural humectant that locks in moisture! It's optional for this scrub but really adds to it if you have drier skin!


This recipe/formula is for 4 oz. of hand scrub. You will need a kitchen scale, a grater like you would use for cheese, small mixing bowl, spoon and a small jar with a lid to put the scrub in.

2.5 Oz. Sugar
1 Oz. of infused Comfrey olive oil
.25 oz. of soap shreds
10 drops of tea tree oil
10 drops of lavender oil

1 Tsp. Of vegetable glycerin
1 Tsp. Of comfrey root power.

Mix it all up and scoop into your jar! Easy peasy and ready to use! 

Making a DIY Hand Scrub

I hope it helps you like it's helped me!

This scrub has been so beneficial to me over the years. Keeping scratches from getting infected and keeping my hands so clean and soft you'd never know I garden without gloves, trim hooves, shovel manure, etc... It's really great for all-around farm work!

Another DIY Herbal to try is my Homemade Fly Repellent Salve
I actually developed this for my equine but it works great for people too! 

Other resources

Sourcing out good herbs and essential oils is important if you want your DIY Herbals to actually work. I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs
If you are a member of AHG you can get a 20% off discount as well as if you enroll in some herbal student programs. 
For essential oils, I really like Majestic Pure

More About The Comfrey Book and recipes!

Comfrey Benefits so many things! Livestock, the garden, healing support for the body and healthy skin! This ebook goes into details on how to use it, grow it and harvest it! Recipes included! #comfreybenefits #herbgarden #homesteadgarden

I mentioned above I am working on a book about Comfrey because it has been such an amazing herb for us on so many levels! The book will be about its many uses, growing, and harvesting as well as many formulas for healing support. It will also include a bonus booklet with recipes for a complete facial skin care routine!

When it's released I'll be doing a deeply discounted special on it!! So if you'd like to be notified sign up for our email list! 
We never share emails, nor do we hit people up every week with affiliate links! We are not affiliate bloggers. We are real full-time homesteaders and don't have time to full your email box. We do like sharing what we know to help others build their dream farm... just like we did! 

Rain Rot in Horses and other Livestock Free Herbal Recipe!

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No Fail Basic Goat Milk Soap recipe

After over 4 yrs making & selling soap.... goat milk soap, lard soaps, tallow soaps,herbal soaps, vegan soaps, sheep milk soap...etc., I have alot of tried and true formulas for soaps!
But this formula/recipe right here started it all!
It makes a small 1 lb batch of soap.
Its my easy peasy go to and never fail goat milk soap recipe.

Basic Goat Milk Soap 

10 ounces Lard
4 ounces Coconut Oil 
2 ounces Olive Oil 

2.3 ounces lye 
3.08 ounces water
3 ounces Goat Milk

1 ounce fragrance/essential oil (optional)
color can also be used, I use natural colorants from herbals or minerals 

Basic Cold Process Directions: 

1. Wearing rubber gloves/ safety glasses and a surgical mask careful not to breathe in fumes. If weather allows I do this outside.
Measure your goat milk/water into one glass bowl.
Measure lye, Pour lye into the water/goat milk SLOWLY while stirring with a whisk (never pour water into lye) - this will heat up quickly, Set aside to cool
*To keep milk from burning and turning orange I use some ice cubes as part of my water measurement . Lower butterfat milk such as Alpine seems to blend better and not turn as bad.

2. In another pot , Melt oils together 

3. When oils are approximately 110 degrees Fahrenheit and lye water/milk is approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit, gently pour lye into oils (never pour oils into lye) Blend with stick blender... 
please have safety glasses and gloves on!!!

4. Mix until soap traces. 

5. Add essential/fragrance oil and color (optional)

6. Pour into prepared molds ..I use wood molds, they need to be lined with freezer paper.

7. Cover with plastic wrap. 

8. Allow to stand covered and out of drafts for 24 hours

9. Remove form molds, let air dry another 24 hours and cut as desired

10. Allow to age in open air for about 3 to 4 weeks before using 


Once you have it down now you can take this basic recipe and make it your own... different scents and colors to customize it.

Also, If you Do not want to use lard replacing it with palm oil works for this recipe too. It will not be as gentle of a soap, but it will still be nicer than anything you can buy at the store!

Happy soaping! If you have any questions just ask :-)

Homemade Horse Fly Repellent and healing salve

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Fly Repellent Recipe