When was the last time you really gave thanks to your hands for doing all that they do... the texting, the typing, the holding, the scrubbing, the touching, and the ______________ (you fill in the blanks, the list is truly endless).
The least you can do for your hands is give them a little dose of TLC and if you're already parked in the kitchen cooking up some Thanksgiving goodness, reach for the cranberries and this homemade hand scrub recipe will leave your dishpan hands feeling soft smooth and refreshed.
I'd recommend you make some on the weekend and use it the day after dinner's over for a nice little pick me up. If you have young ones in the kitchen who you want to keep busy, spooning the cranberry mixture into little jars will be a fun activity for them.
This homemade hand scrub recipe is without specific measurements because I want you to feel free to experiment and have fun with the recipe, using whatever you have on hand.
- 2 handfuls of fresh (or frozen) cranberries
- 4 spoonfuls of finely ground sea salt or pink Himalayan salt (if you only have regular table salt, that'll do in a pinch)
- 1 spoonful of honey (preferably unpasteurized)
- 1 spoonful of olive oil
- A generous curl of lemon and/or orange rind (finely chopped)
- Optional: a sprinkling of finely chopped rosemary
- Put the cranberries in a small saucepan, cover with water, and boil briefly just until they soften.
- Transfer cooled cranberries into your blender and pulse with the rest of the ingredients until blended.
- Spoon puree into a (small) jar, cover with a lid and place in the fridge. If you want to get fancy, tie a ribbon around the jar, put a label or a tag on it (like you would do with a jar of jam) and give away as a gift to your guest. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe depending on how much you want to make!
- Once the mixture has cooled, spoon out on the palms of your hands (also works beautifully on your feet) and massage this antioxidant, vitamin c, mineral-rich scrub into your skin, working on rough spots on your elbows, heels etc.
- Please be mindful and avoid touching cuts, burns or irritated hangnails as the salt in this recipe will sting!