Lemon Hand Cream
Squeeze a Lemon and strain through cheesecloth. Pour the juice into a measuring cup and add an equal amount of Almond oil. In a small butter melting pot put a thin piece of beeswax. I use approximately 1 teaspoon beeswax for every 3 oz. of cream, this amounts to a thin sheet about an inch square. Add to the pot a bit of the Almond oil that has collected above the Lemon juice in the measuring cup. Heat over a medium fire, gently shaking the pot, about 30 seconds or more. Take the pot on and off the fire so that the wax melts but does not burn. Add the rest of the contents of the measuring cup. Heat, shake, and stir with a wooden spoon until the wax has completely melted. Remove from the fire. Stir until cool with the wooden spoon. Add one drop of Lemon oil for every oz. of cream. Give it another stir and transfer to a cream jar or bottle. Cap it. Now shake it every few minutes until the cream is completely cold.
Rub a little bit on hands or body whenever necessary.
This cream is excellent to soften and smooth rough hands. The oil is an emollient, the Lemon is a protectant and texturizer.
Lemon Hand Cream is so easy to make (and so lengthy to describe) but takes less than 5 minutes, so only make one Lemon's worth at a time. Your measurements then will probably be 1 1/2 oz. Lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz. Almond oil, 1 tsp. beeswax, and 3 drops Lemon oil.
bookmark - From "Kitchen Cosmetics" by Jeanne Rose
During my early research, I found in an old herbal, Receipts in Physick and Chirurgery, by Sir Kenelm Digby, 1668, a recipe called "A most precious Ointment for all manner of Aches and Bruises; and also for the Redness of Face." I proceeded to make this ointment according to the original formula and then made it twice again, slightly enlarging and improving on the formula. It really is a most precious ointment. We have used it to relieve the pain of sunburn (and if used throughout the day, even if you skin is fair, it usually prevents sunburn and peeling). We have used it on bruises to make them heal and disappear more quickly and on all the myriad little wounds, cuts, cat scratches and hurts that a child gets during a day. We have used it to cure more quickly a bad case of poison oak, and have even heated it as a massage cream for sore aching muscles.
It is a very handy all-purpose medicine to have in the house. When applied externally, pain immediately disappears and the healing process seems to be hastened.
Take 2 handfuls each of the fresh botanicals, or 1 handful each of the dried.*
balm (lemon balm leaf)
cowslip flower and leaf
Jerusalem oak seed
mint leaf (spearmint)
peony leaf and root
white mint (peppermint)
white pond lily root
white willow bark
If the botanicals are fresh, stamp them
all individually in a stone mortar and cover with a layer of olive oil.
When you have gathered all ingredients together, put them into a large
enamel pan. Cover them with a thin layer of olive oil (about 2
quarts of oil altogether; you can substitute any other oil or lard for
the olive) and add 1 quart of May Wine or any other dry white wine.
Cover the pot and simmer gently for 1-3 hours or until the wine has
evaporated. DO NOT LET THE HERBS BOIL. Strain through a
coarse strainer, then a sieve, then through 3 layers of cheesecloth.
This process of straining will take a little time. Finally put it
into a clean glass container and let it quietly settle for a couple of
weeks. Now decant the clear, beautiful, green oil and throw the
dregs away. This all takes time but you will be very satisfied
with the result, and this amount of oil will last for a year or more.
*A handful of fresh herbs is about a foot's length of branches or twigs, approximately the amount that you can enclose in your hand. They should be cut into 1-inch long pieces. A handful of dried herbs is about 1/3 to 1/2 cupful, depending on the size of your hand.
- From "Herbs & Things - Jeanne Rose's Herbal"
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