Retired nurse makes homemade hand salve for medical workers

Reporter: Taylor Petras

Dina Viteretti likes to be busy in the kitchen.

“This is the melting pot that I use to melt the oils; we just pour it into the tin and we let it cool,” said Viteretti.

She’s especially busy when she’s “creating”.

“All of my ingredients are organic, all-natural,” said Viteretti.

She uses butters and essential oils to make 100 tins of homemade hand salve.

She said when the virus started spreading and turned into a pandemic, she knew she needed to do something.

“This is salve. It’s very thick, it’s very rich and very moisturizing,” said Viteretti.

The retired nurse from New York is donating a batch to the health care workers at NCH.

“It’s the hand sanitizer that you have to use constantly that dries out your skin. And the constant washing of your hands with the friction, it disrupts your skin cells, opens up your pores, you get cracks and of course, that’s a medium for bacteria,” said Viteretti.

She said health care workers are “her people and whatever I can do give those fighting the coronavirus on the front lines some relief – I’m in,” said Viteretti.

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