It’s planting time, homesteaders! Spring is a time of sunshine and hard work as we take the trowels and plows out of the shed.
But your hands can take a beating from all the springtime festivities. When your hands aren’t feeling their best, it slows you down. Cure these common hand woes on the homestead with some of our favorite remedies.
Shovels have given me more than my fair share of blisters. And boy, does a bad blister ruin your day!
The key is to keep blisters dry and clean. Avoid popping them, since that can lead to an infection.
Follow an easy three-step process to speed up your blister’s healing time.
1. Soak the blister in warm (not hot) green tea.
2. Dab the blister with apple cider vinegar.
3. Coat the blister with a little aloe vera.
Cover with a bandage if necessary before you get back to work, and remember to wear work gloves.
Have you ever worked with beets, only to find they’ve stained your palms red?
Stained hands are a fixture of homestead kitchens and gardens. The best way to conquer dirty palms is with nature’s whitener: lemon. I keep a big jug of lemon juice on hand and it cleans my hands in a jiffy.
If you have stained hands, pour about half a cup of lemon juice over your hands. Let the juice sit for 30 seconds before rinsing your hands with warm water and soap.
Repeat as needed to fade the stain.
Over-washing and harsh chemicals can dry out your skin. When your skin gets too dry, you risk cracking and bleeding, which can lead to pain and infection.
The solution is simple: keep your hands moisturized. Before you get to work, apply warm beeswax to your hands. This will naturally repel dirt and protect your skin during subsequent washes.
You can also treat dry skin with a beeswax-coconut oil lotion. Simply melt beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler, give them a good stir, add essential oils if you like, and allow to solidify in your favorite jar. Apply every night to heal your hands as you sleep.