Lard Based Skin Cream – Eeew or Ahhh?

After watching “Victorian Farm”, I was all about making the lard skin concoction. The simple ingredients were in my pantry, so I gave it a go. She had rosewater to add to hers. I didn’t, so that ingredient was omitted. I am thinking some peppermint oil would be a nice addition, though.

Skin Cream Ingredients
Egg Yolk

There were no proportions given in the film. I just started adding things and whisking them together until I hit upon the texture I liked. At first there was too much honey and it made my hands tacky. I added more lard to balance it. I also added some dried calendula flowers. I should have chopped them fine before adding.
This stuff is greasy and makes the skin pretty shiny when first applied. It does soak in and does an amazing job of moisturizing. It also acts as a barrier against water. Pretty good stuff to put on before doing a chore like washing out water buckets. If your hands are rough and dry, this bedtime ritual will help. Put this cream or Bag Balm your hands. Cover your hands with socks to keep the stuff on your hands rather than your bedding. My husband used to do this with Bag Balm to heal the splits in his hands that he got from working outside in freezing weather.
What do you use to help preserve your skin from the rigors of farm life and household chores?

Grow and Harvest Your Own Arthritis Remedies

There are a couple of easy to grow plants that are reputed to relieve arthritis pain. I’m up for that! The first, rose hips, can be found in most people’s yards. Hips are the fruits that follow the rose flower and contain seeds for future bushes. If you didn’t go crazy with the pruning shears, you should have some about ready to harvest. Heirloom roses are the best if growing rose hips is the goal. The studies I’ve seen on line used powdered rose hips to treat arthritis. I don’t know if I’ll break out the dehydrator or just enjoy a cup of rose hip tea each day. The tea sounds nicer.
The second plant can be made into an oil to rub on aching joints. Comfrey can be grown just about anywhere, I think. I had the same success with it in north Florida that I have in northern Michigan. It grows rampantly. Take a quart jar out and fill it up with leaves. Dig up some of the root, too. Chop the leaves and the root (after washing, of course) and return it to the jar. Fill the jar with cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Set in a dark place, like a cupboard, for one to three months. Strain and rebottle in some nice or official-looking dark glass bottle. Sunlight degrades the potency. If you discover that you have more than enough for your own use, bottle the excess to give as gifts to friends with aching joints.