Lemonade Hands Natural Hand Care Treatment

Try this at home. “Lemonade (or shall we say aid?) Hands” is a simple, all natural recipe that will immediately improve the smoothness of your skin.

You’re going to love your hands after this natural hand care treatment from Norma Pasekoff Weinberg‘s free Natural Hand Care in the Age of COVID-19 mini-eBook. It’s quick and easy, and—best of all—you likely already have the ingredients needed at home… water, sugar, lemon juice, and oil.

This recipe is used to heal hands around the world. In the countryside of Chile, people use real sugarcane mixed with lemon juice to produce a mild dry skin exfoliant, but granulated sugar works as well. You can even finish this treatment with a few drops of avocado oil, which has therapeutic value because it contains the vitamins A, D, and E, is easily absorbed, and helps heal the skin.

My daughters and I enjoyed a little mother-daughter bonding time trying this recipe out and ended up with smooth, soft hands—a winning combination.

Photo of two young girls pouring lemon juice from a measuring cup into a bowl.
Photo by Kimberly Thompson Panay © Storey Publishing.


  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • A few drops of unrefined avocado oil (we used olive oil because that is what we had on hand)

To make:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands and pat (do not rub) them dry.
  • Have ready the squeezed juice from a lemon or 1 teaspoon commercially prepared pure lemon juice.
Photo of two lemons.
Photo by Kimberly Thompson Panay © Storey Publishing.
  • Pour about 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar in the palm of one hand (we used a bowl to make a batch for the three of us).
  • Sparingly, add enough lemon juice to the sugar to make a gritty paste.
Photo of a young girl pouring lemon juice from a measuring cup into a white bowl.
Photo by Kimberly Thompson Panay © Storey Publishing.

To use:

  • Rub your hands together in a rotary motion, either clockwise or counterclockwise. At first, the paste will feel gritty.
  • Continue rubbing gently. Work the gritty paste up and over each finger, nail, and cuticle, and over the back of each hand. The heat of your hands will melt the sugar. The final coating is a shiny glaze. (If you suffer from cold hands, it will take a bit longer. If you can, step outside to warm sunshine.)
Photo of a child's hands rubbing a sugar scrub around their palms and fingers.
Photo by Kimberly Thompson Panay © Storey Publishing.
  • Leave the glaze on your hands for 5 minutes. Relax!
  • Rinse with warm water. Pat your hands totally dry with a soft paper towel.
  • Apply a drop of avocado oil to one hand, then to the other. Gently massage the oil over the palms and backs of your hands, around your cuticles, and over your nails. The result will be silky, smooth hands!
Photo of a glass containing oil and a whole lemon, and half lemon, on a granite countertop.
Photo by Kimberly Thompson Panay © Storey Publishing.

Try this recipe and more by downloading Norma Pasekoff Weinberg‘s free Natural Hand Care in the Age of COVID-19 mini-eBook. Your hands will thank you.

First timer? Not a problem. Norma has generously offered to answer any questions you may have about the many recipes (some more complicated than this but equally relaxing!) featured in the eBook. Please contact her directly by visiting herbsdottir.com.

Recipe excerpted and adapted from Natural Hand Care in the Age of COVID-19 © 2021 by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg. All rights reserved. 

Norma Pasekoff Weinberg

About the

As Master Gardener, freelance lecturer and columnist, Norma Pasekoff Weinberg is the respected author of two of Storey’s health and beauty books, Natural Hand Care and Henna from Head to Toe! She also self-published Herbal Secrets for Gardeners in 1997. She is producer and host of the public-access television series, Herb’s Daughter, based in Massachusetts, which is a show that allows Weinberg to share her gardening, health, cooking, cosmetics and crafts know-how with her fans. She has additionally spread her knowledge in articles published in New England’s Holistic Magazine and Spirit of Change magazines. Weinberg is also a member of the Herb Research Foundation, American Botanical Council, Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the American Herb Society. Weinberg lives in Massachusetts with her family.

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