Winter is upon us and the cold, dry conditions normally associated with this time of year is the season for dry, cracked hands. Coconut oil is renowned for it’s excellent moisturizing and healing properties and when used in a balm can be the ultimate winter hand moisturizer.
Parched skin soaks up creams quickly, briefly quenching the lack of moisture, but still leaving skin exposed to the elements and thus allowing all that nourishing moisture to be sucked right back out! Balms offer the same moisture as the cream, but with an added protective barrier, allowing for dry, cracked hands to slowly soak in the moisture and promote healing.
Honey is full of antioxidants that leaves soothes skin, and can actually slow down the aging process. It is also a natural antibacterial and is highly effective in healing cracked skin and reducing the risk of infection.
A double boiler or glass bowl/large jar and a pot with about 2″ of water
Combine the coconut oil and beeswax in the glass jar and place in sauce pan or pot with about 2″ of water, creating a double boiler. Heat over low-medium heat, stirring, until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and pour in the honey. I have found this step to be a good bit easier if the honey is preheated.
Stir the mixture for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, as your stirring the mixture should begin to thicken, if not stir until it has began to thicken. Pour or spoon into a small glass or metal container. This recipe nicely fills a 2oz tin or jar. Enjoy!