Tis that time of year again when hands and feet take a BEATING! Cold weather, forced air heating, constant washing of hands to combat cold and flu germs are doing a number on me! Time to bring out the big guns in the fight against dry, cracked skin!
I have posted about this lotion before…but I think it’s worth doing so again because I just love the way it works and feels! Plus, it’s very inexpensive to make. This time I even decided to “kick it up a notch” by giving it an antibacterial edge with essential oil.
There are actually several essential oils with antibacterial properties (tea tree, lavender, and oregano to name a few)…but I decided to give eucalyptus a try. Laboratory studies have shown that eucalyptus oil contains substances that kill bacteria and some viruses and fungi. I also like the clean, fresh, invigorating scent of eucalyptus.
To make the Moisturizing Lotion you will need:
16 ounces baby lotion (if you have an aversion to baby lotion, pick another lotion)
8 ounces coconut oil (solid form, not melted)
8 ounces vitamin E cream
Mix together with handheld mixer until it resembles icing. I store mine in 1/2 pint mason jars or small tupperware-like containers.
To give your lotion an antibacterial edge, just add 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to 4 ounces of lotion. I filled the original 8 ounce Vitamin E Cream container and added 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
Now I can fight dry skin AND germs at the same time. :-)