Home chefs, gardeners, and just about anyone who works with their hands can regularly have problems with dry, cracked cuticles. This soothing cuticle balm is packed with an herbal blend that will mend those cracks and make hands soft again. Like all of my homemade beauty products, it is completely natural and gentle on skin!
Whether it’s due to the winter air or washing my hands after working in the garden, my hands can get so dry. I have been using this Ultra Moisturizing Natural Lotion Recipe after each time I wash but still, my cuticles have needed a bit more intensive treatment. My cuticles kept splitting from the dryness and that really hurts!
I’ll admit, I haven’t used my homemade cuticle bomb in a really long time, because the lotion does the trick with normal hand-washing. But I’ve gone back to using this cuticle bomb because my hands are just crazy dry right now.
So, while I was making a batch for myself, I thought you all could use some balm for yourselves and decided to share the recipe!
What Does Cuticle Balm Do?
Have you ever noticed the skin around your fingers becoming sore, tender, or inflamed? Picking at dry skin around your cuticles allows bacteria to grow and could lead to infections.
A cuticle’s job is to protect your nails from infection. When they get torn, the bacteria can get in. So using this cuticle balm can actually protect your fingers from common skin infections.
Cuticle balm softens your cuticles so you don’t pick at them. It also helps your fingers speed up healing and grow healthier skin faster.
The Moisturizing Properties of Natural Cuticle Balm
Before showing you how to make your own cuticle balm, I wanted to share all of the healing and moisturizing properties that come with using this homemade balm.
The oils and butters in my cuticle balm smell amazing, but they are also powerhouses when it comes to healing your skin. I always encourage people to personalize recipes and change them up.
Here’s some information about what I used and why I chose to use them.
Chamomile Infused Coconut Oil
Coconut oil already has fatty acids in it that our skin needs, but when you add chamomile to it, you have the best recipe ever. Chamomile tends to naturally calm redness in the skin. So, if your hands are sensitive and dry, you definitely want some of this.
Sweet Almond Oil
People have used almond oil as a natural skin-healing ingredient for years. It can heal a range of things from superficial skin burns to dry skin from too much sun exposure.
Hemp oil has essential fatty acids that help fight dry skin and alleviate eczema. It’s moisturizing and helps fight inflammation too.
Mango butter has tons of nutrients and vitamins that our body needs. It’s known for boosting the skin’s elasticity and making it more supple. I added it because it smoothes out rough skin around the cuticles like a dream.
Beeswax has amazing anti-inflammatory properties! That means that when your skin is healing from a superficial wound or burn, it decreases the inflammation which can help heal the wound faster. It also adds a protective barrier on your skin that shields it from invading bacteria and germs.
Lavender Essential Oil
This is known as a calming oil, but it does this for the skin as much as it does this for our mind. When your hands are experiencing itchiness or some kind of irritation, lavender oil is a reliable choice.
Peppermint Essential Oil
I love the smell of peppermint oil! It’s both calming and uplifting, but did you know it is also anti-microbial? It has antifungal properties that are excellent for your skin.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This oil is pretty unique. It has healing properties too, but different ones. It is antispasmodic and antiseptic which is why lots of people use it to disinfect wounds.
It’s also why I put it eucalyptus oil in my cuticle balm! If your cuticles are tearing, this oil will help it repair faster.
Fennel Essential Oil
Many people use fennel oil for mental health, but it is great for your skin too. The antiseptic properties of fennel essential oil inhibits and prevents infections.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Women have used clary sage essential oil for female health for years. It helps with menopause and menstrual symptoms. So why did we put it in the cuticle balm? It also has antibacterial properties too!
It kills bad bacteria and helps promote overall wellness in your skin.
Healing Cuticle Balm Recipe
When I shared this recipe with some of my friends, I always got the same questions, so I decided to share them with you just in case you were wondering the same thing.
How Do You Use Nail Cuticle Balm?
You actually don’t need very much of it.
To use it, rub a finger or two in the balm, just like you would for chapstick. Rub the balm on your cuticles at the base of your nails. Keep rubbing the balm in until it alleviates the dryness and itching. Apply this as often as you feel is necessary. It’s safe to use after every handwashing.
How To Store Cuticle Balm
You want to store it in something that will keep it in its solid state. I used these tiny metal tins since they are the perfect size for me to store in my purse or bag. You only really need a little bit for your fingers anyway!
Word of advice: Keep it out of the sun and away from heat sources like heaters and lamps or the balm will lose its consistency.
How To Make Cuticle Balm
Now it’s time to make it!
This recipe uses essential oils, hemp oil, and beeswax (among other ingredients) to create a balm that helps your cuticles and hands heal.
What Is A Turkish Coffee Pot
You might notice I mention a Turkish coffee pot in the recipe below…
I use this to melt the mango butter, oils, and beeswax together. It works just like a double broiler. In fact, you can use either one interchangeably!
As you are melting them together, you want to keep stirring it just until it melts. The goal isn’t to cook them together or alter their state. It’s just to melt them so you can add the essential oils.
Check out this recipe to make your own homemade healing cuticle balm! It’s worth the effort and will keep your cuticles protected.
Healing Cuticle Balm
- Double boiler or Turkish coffee pot
- Small spatula or metal spoon
- 5 small metal tins or lip balm pots
- Make a batch of calendula and chamomile infused coconut oil using this recipe.
- Melt the mango butter, oils, and beeswax in the double boiler or on the stove using a Turkish coffee pot. Stir constantly so the ingredients just melt, but don’t cook.
- Remove from heat, add essential oils, and blend well.
- Pour into pots or tins and leave untouched to set. If you are using this as a cuticle balm, small lip balm pots are best. Otherwise, use two larger size pots/tins and use it as a hand salve.
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