If you overdid it while you were doing chores, massaging in some grapefruit salve will help alleviate cramping and muscles stiffness, as well as joint pain.
Did you cut yourself while you were out working in the coop? The grapefruit in this salve can help disinfect your cut and prevent it from getting infected.
And the best part? Studies have shown that grapefruit essential oil can help protect against staphylococcus, Salmonella and other bacterial infections, which can be rampant in even the cleanest, most well-maintained chicken yard.
So join me in whipping up a batch of Chicken Keepers Hand Salve and keep it handy for when you're done spending time with your flock.
Chicken Keepers Hand Salve with Grapefruit Essential Oil
(makes approximately one cup)
1/4 cup beeswax pastilles
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
Melt beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler until they melt into a liquid, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond oil and essential oils (I like to add a bit of vanilla to soften and relax the scent a bit). Allow to cool slightly, then pour into a small covered container and cool completely.
To use, scoop out a generous amount of the salve and massage into your hands (or other body parts) as desired after finishing up your chicken chores.