Pamper Your Hands with Essential Oils

Pamper Your Hands with Essential Oils

Hands-at-87-YearsWe use and abuse our hands more than we do any other part of our body, including our feet. And our hands are often the first physical contact we have with another person. We spend a lot of time focusing on our faces and our hair, but it’s easy to forget how important it is to keep our hands in good shape. So it’s time to make sure you take care of your hands with essential oils.

While there are recipes in this article that involve nails as well as hands, you can also refer to our article on ways to Pamper Your Nails with Essential Oils for more specific ones. You should look through the article on ways to Pamper Your Feet with Essential Oils to find more recipes that will work as well. They are interchangeable so have some fun!

Best oils

  • Essential oils: Lavender, Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Melissa, Balsam of Peru, Frankincense, Rosewood, Carrot Seed, Red Mandarin, Jasmine, Neroli
  • Carrier oils: Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Avocado

Points of interest

  • To get rid of callouses, use a pumice stone. Can also use 1/2 cup each of Sea Salt and Baking Soda. Scrub hands with the salt and baking soda, then use the pumice stone. (13)
  • Give yourself a weekly manicure. If you polish your nails, be sure to remove the polish for 24 hours and allow your nails to breathe once a week.
  • water-glassBe sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated. Also eat properly. Particularly get in enough omega – 3’s, vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Calcium and good quality protein.
  • As part of a manicure, you can use your favorite facial mask on your hands as well, whether you have oily, dry, combination, normal, or mature skin. Rinse well with warm water and moisturize.
  • Keep 100% cotton gloves around. When you moisturize your hands at night, wear the gloves while you sleep to allow the moisturizer to absorb as completely as possible.
  • Some of the recipes, like the Hand and Nail Butter, would make a great gift for someone. Put the formula in a nice container and and add nail clippers, files, nail buffers, 100% cotton gloves, etc. (13)



Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face or body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Witch hazelBest Hand Sanitizer

  • 1 ounce water
  • 1 ounce Vodka (80 proof) Can also use Witch Hazel
  • 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera gel
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerine
  • 2 drops each Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 10 drops each Lemon and Tea Tree

Pour water and vodka in 2 ounce, dark plastic spray bottle, leaving half an inch empty at top. Add aloe, glycerin, and essential oils. Shake gently. Spray on hands and wrists when needed. Rub hands together until dry. Discard after 6 months. (14)

Baking Soda Hand Exfoliant

  • 1 tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon favorite carrier oil
  • 2 drops Geranium, Lavender, or Orange oil

In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until a spreadable thick paste forms. Apply the paste to dry hands, covering all surfaces thoroughly. For about 2 minutes, briskly rub together your hands, making sure to massage paste between fingers, around nails and cuticles, and over the backs of hands. Rinse in warm water and apply favorite moisturizer or balm. (13)

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salts
  • 6 drops Lemon oil
  • 3 tablespoons Almond oil

Stir all ingredients together until well mixed. Pour mixture into a clean container with a tight fitting lid. First wash your hands, then massage a teaspoon or two of the scrub all over your hands. Rinse well with warm water and pat your hands dry. (15)

Soothe Aching Muscles

  • 5 drops Spearmint
  • 5 drops Palmarosa
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 1 teaspoon Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Hazelnut oil, or Sesame oil

Add formula to a basin of warm/hot water and soak your hands for 20 – 30 minutes. (9)

Hand massageHand Rejuvenator Massage

  • 5 drops Melissa
  • 5 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Massage formula into both hand, from fingers to the shoulders. (9)

Hand and Nail Butter

  • 4 tablespoons Almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Anhydrous Lanolin
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax (for a firmer consistency, use 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 50 drops Peppermint, Carrot Seed, Rosemary, Geranium, Lemon, or Pink Grapefruit oil

In a double boiler, warm all ingredients except essential oil, until wax and cocoa butter are just melted. Remove from heat and stir a few times to blend. Add the essential oil, stir, and pour into a storage container. Lightly cover with a paper towel and allow the mixture to cool before capping. Cocoa Butter takes a while to set up, so leave at room temperature for 12 hours before use. The finished formula will have a paste wax consistency.

Use on hands as an overnight softening treatment. Wear gloves to seal in moisture and protect sheets. May harden in cold weather but will soften with warm skin. Discard after 1 year. (13)

Marie’s Basic Hand Cream

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/8 teaspoon Borax Powder
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons Beeswax
  • 5 drops essential oil of choice

Bring water to boil. Place borax powder in a clean, heatproof bowl, pour in boiling water, and stir well. Set aside. Place the oil and beeswax in a microwave safe container, mix together, and microwave on high heat for 2 minutes, until the wax is melted. pour the oil mixture into a blender or food processor and blend at low speed, adding the hot water mixture in a slow steady stream. Then add essential oil. Blend on high speed until well mixed. Pour mixture into clean container to cool. You should have a white fluffy cream. Massage into skin. (15)

Hand treatmentOlive Oil Treatment

  • 3 drops Orange
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil

Mix all together and store in a a dark colored, glass bottle. Apply the formula generously all over hands and massage it in thoroughly. Put on a pair of thin plastic gloves and leave them on overnight. In morning, massage your hands again before wiping away the excess oil with a tissue. Rinse your hands thoroughly and pat dry. (1)

Luxurious Hand Oil

  • 10 drops Carrot Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Avocado oil
  • 10 drops Jojoba
  • 10 drops Evening Primrose oil
  • 2 Vitamin E capsules (250 IUs)

Break open vitamin E capsules, blend all oils together well. Then add the following:

  • 5 drops Rose
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Sandalwood

Store in a dark colored, glass bottle. Massage a tiny amount of oil each time. Massage into hands well. (6)

Hand Cream for Rough Hands

  • 1/8 ounce Beeswax
  • 1 ounce Cocoa Butter
  • 4 teaspoons Sweet Almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Glycerine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Calendula oil
  • 5 drops Myrrh
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Red Mandarin

Melt beeswax in a glass bowl placed in a pan of hot water over gentle heat. (Or use a double boiler) Once the beeswax has melted, add the cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, glycerine, and calendula oil, stirring steadily to ensure that all ingredients are incorporated thoroughly. Remove pan from the heat, stirring until the mixture has cooled. Then add the essential oils, mixing them in thoroughly. Store in a glass jar. Massage into skin often throughout the day. (8)

A last thought

Please share with us down in the comment section below. Which recipe did you like the best? How did it turn out for you? We’d all love to know!



  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  4. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  5. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  6. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  7. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published, by Patricia Davis
  13. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  14. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  15. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends, by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox

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