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Hardworking Hands

Updated on July 28, 2009

Help for Hardworking Hands

Just about everyone has experienced dry skin, blisters, calluses, hangnails, and red chapped skin on their hands. That is why there are so many lotions, creams and salves especially designed to soften hands at your local drug store. If you were to stop for a moment and think about how much your hands do for you each day , you will appreciate the value of time and nurturing of these hardworking parts.

Whether you are a Mason working with stone and abrasive brick all day or a gardener using shovels ,rakes, and your bare hand preparing potting soil, or even an office worker shuffling papers all day long. Your hands are likely to be in need of cream or a salve.

Which lotions are creams the best? The choice is yours. You may want to use a hand emollient that dries quickly and has no fragrance. At home you may opt for a thicker cream formula that you can wear all night with cotton cloves. If your hands are severely chapped or cracking you need some good heavy-duty Salve to sooth the cracked skin. As you grow older, you will want to use gentle, skin moisturizing lotions and creams every day to slow down the effects of aging.

Here is a recipe for aging hands and

Fresh from the Farm

 Hand slaves and creams have probably been around since bear grease was discovered.  Many n19thcentury hand products form the agricultural communities came with names like absorbine, Veterinary, Liniment, bag Balm, Corn Huskers Lotion and White Cloverine Salve.  Farmers began to try these products on the theory that " if it's good for the horse it's good for it's owner. "


Making Creams at home

There are numerous beneficial herbs for hand creams and ointments recipes includeing, Aloe,Candulam weed, Comfrey, Viola or Garden Pansy, Plantain, Red Clover, St. John;s Wort and Yarrow.

You can find these beneficial nutrients in upcoming Hubs "Making Natural Hand creams and Salves"


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    • aslanlight profile image

      aslanlight 7 years ago from England

      I grow Comfrey in the garden and make ointment with it. It's healed a slipped disc, sore neck, my back when I injured it, a friend's stump when she lost her leg. It's an incredible herb and I'm glad you mentioned it.

      I use it as hand and face cream and I'm told my skin looks great!

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      ok a new one?

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      wesley I will have a recipe for you soon for those hands.

      even men should have nice hands. I'll let you know when i post it. It's preyyt simple

      thanks for stopping by


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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Well put, my hands were badly dried out during last winter. It was painful, and a thick lotion helped the most.

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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Hands of all shapes and sizes fascinate me. I love photos of hands, paintings of hands, hands extended in a shake. Hands reveal much about a person. Thanks for the reminder.