Thursday, May 23, 2013
Gardener’s Moisturizing Salve
Working in the dirt is very drying. I wear gloves when I garden, but that does not keep the dry effects away. I always wash carefully when I come in the house and then put on a moisturizing salve or lotion.
Test on the back of a wooden spoon to see whether it is of a suitable consistency. That means stir the spoon down into the melted wax and oil, then draw it up and turn it over. As the mixture cools it will harden. See if this is the texture you want. If it is rough and hard add more oil, if it is runny and slick add a bit more beeswax. Sometimes the humidity of the day will affect the consistence so do not be afraid to make adjustments. If you are not confident to do the spoon test, an easier way of checking is to drop a very small amount of oil plus melted wax into cold water in a small bowl or mug. The salve will immediately cool and you can rub it between your fingers to check the desired thickness.