Skip the gloves. Digging in the dirt with your bare hands will make you happier. * Research has shown that a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of serotonin. Serotonin is a natural compound in our blood that elevates mood and decreases anxiety. So get your hands dirty! After a little garden therapy, your hands will need a good scrubbing. I love the combination of rosemary, lemon, and olive oil in this hand scrub. Each ingredient benefits the skin and senses. Gardener’s hand scrub gently removes dirt, grime, and plant oils from hands while leaving them wonderfully soft. you’re pregnant, wear the gloves, particularly if you have cats around. Your soil may be contaminated with toxoplasma, which could negatively affect the fetus.
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
- ½ cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup castile soap (or dish soap)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 10 drops of clary sage essential oil (optional)
Add the lemon zest and chopped rosemary to the sugar. Mix to combine. The lemon zest has natural oils that gently cleanse the skin, the rosemary has antibacterial benefits, and the sugar exfoliates and moisturizes.
Now add the castile soap and olive oil, and mix together until it forms a paste. The soap will get rid of any stubborn residue and the olive oil will moisturize.
Add about 10 drops of clary sage essential oil, which is a natural disinfectant. You can also use tea tree oil, which helps with healing, or peppermint essential oil to add a soothing tingle.
Store the scrub in a sealable glass container. The hand scrub is safe to keep on the counter for daily use, but needs to be used up within a week Make small batches of the scrub weekly, especially during the growing season. You’ll find that your homemade gardener’s hand scrub adds soothing relief for working hands.