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Mar 10, 2013

Pampered Hands

Pampered Hands with simple ingredients.

Our hands are two special appendages with which we greet the world with a handshake, a friendly wave, a pat on the back or a tender and reassuring hug.  Yet, they are so often neglected in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.  Here’s an easy, quick and effective Spa Sunday treatment for two of our most important body parts.


1/3 cup salt

1/2 cup olive oil

Fresh Lemon

Nail Polish Remover (if needed)

Small bowl.


Cotton Socks

Cut the lemon in half, set aside.  Carefully WARM 1/2 Cup of olive oil in the microwave (about 30 seconds) or in a hot water bath.  Reserve 2 TBLS.  Remove nail polish, if necessary.  Wash hands.  Rub the lemon on clean nails to naturally whiten them.  The citric acid does wonders for nails which have been darkened by nail polish and smoking (God forbid).  Dark nails can also be an indicator of an underling health problem so if the condition persists, please check with your health care provider.  Discard the lemons in your kitchen disposal or add to your compost bucket (nothing is wasted).

Soak your clean nails in the warm olive oil for five minutes per hand, massaging the oil gently around the cuticles.  If desired, re-heat the oil for another 30 seconds, then stir the salt into the warmed oils to make a paste.  Over the sink, rub the Salt Scrub into your hands, again paying special attention to the cuticles and any rough spots.  Go ahead take a moment . . . you deserve this special pampering.

Rinse the excess scrub from your hands with warm water.  Pat dry.  Apply the reserved olive oil to your hands, gently massaging into the cuticles.  Cover with cotton socks and relax into noticeably softer hands.  Perfect while watching your favorite TV program, listening to music, reading or overnight.  Remember, our hands communicate so much about us; make the message one of love, caring and attention – with simple and readily available ingredients.

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