Self-Care Initiative. Week One: Hands


It’s Monday.
(a more than manic-Monday in this household as we deal with another flu and all the fun that comes along with it….)

Remember the invitation last week? We’re ‘self caring’ together! Every Monday from last week until June 20th, I’ll be posting a reminder/challenge/opportunity to help us move to a more conscientious care of our bodies and health in the midst of marriage, motherhood, and daily life.

This week: Hands

I confess, I had a bit of a jump-start on this one as I mixed up a special hand treatment on Thursday (International Women’s Day). But, these hands need the head start 😉

Our hands are, in many respects, extensions of our heart and beliefs. Through our hands, we love and discipline our children; righteously or inappropriately. With these hands, we caress our spouses or push them away. It’s through the work of our hands that we wash the dishes, prepare food, change diapers, and fold laundry. We are invited to use our hands to open our door to strangers, to worship, to touch the untouchables, to hand off our money and materials.

This week, try out this easy home-made hand scrub. Measurements are approximate.

Yummy Honey Scrub

–          1 cup coarse salt (sea or kosher)

–          ½ cup liquid oil, divided (Olive, grape seed, jojaba. Mature skin would love some rosehip oil added in, though this is a bit more pricey)

–          ½ cup raw honey

–          Your choice of essential oils (I most recently did a blend of lavender and palmarosa; beautifully calming and floral, and safe for pregnant and nursing mamas)

 

Method:

–          Pour ¼ cup or so of oil into container (I used a 2-cup wooden bowl. I add the bit of oil first to ease mixing)

–          Add salt, then honey, then the rest of the oil, and finally the essential oils

–          Mix

–          If too thick, add in more oil and honey to desired consistency. It’s very forgiving and works to your preference or need.

–          Scoop some out and take your time scrubbing and massaging your hands. This works great with a gathering of dear souls. Scrub and chat and enjoy the moment.

–          Rinse with hot water (I prefer a hot lavender dip), pat dry, then finish with lotion or other oils if desired. Special tip: castor oil is an especially nourishing treat for brittle nails and worn cuticles. Massage it in and enjoy the shine.

(Extra scrub can be stored in closed container for later use. Also great in the shower for an all-over body polish. Try scenting with cardamom and anise or perhaps some sandlewood for a treat for the man in the home).

 

Enjoy! For something so simple, it really does feel divine!

To conclude….

I have seen beautifully manicured hands attached to poorly kept lives.

I have seen the most gnarled and spotted hands expressing the soul of the most beautiful of women.

Truly, better chipped nails and calloused palms embracing a life of joyful service and worship and humility, than perfect color and satin skin gesturing back to a heart of self-focus and petty pursuit.

This week, let us take time to grow the habit of caring for our hands. Higher and greater than that invitation, let us remind each other to be regular in filing the rough edges of our character, in applying the oil of generosity, and in developing a life-embrace that is safe and welcoming to those in need.

 

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One Response to “Self-Care Initiative. Week One: Hands”
  1. kitlagoon@hotmail.com says:

    Well put!:

    Truly, better chipped nails and calloused palms embracing a life of joyful service and worship and humility, than perfect color and satin skin gesturing back to a heart of self-focus and petty pursuit.

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