Lemon~Rosemary Gardener’s Hand Scrub

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”

Geoffrey B Charlesworth


My birthday is in the depth of winter when a gardener often dreams of spring, yearning to get her hands digging in the dirt.  Imagine my delight when I found a birthday surprise from a neighborhood friend in my mailbox, on a cold February day, to transport me to the garden.  The gift was a homemade jar of lemon-rosemary gardener’s hand scrub, beautifully packaged.  Spring has finally sprung and I am digging in the dirt and cannot rave enough about this wonderful hand scrub!

First off, the  scrub smells fabulously fresh, like spring!   It is all natural and made with ingredients you likely already have on hand.  The sugar and lemon zest exfoliates skin gently and leave the hands smooth.  The olive oil moisturizes yet does not leave the hands greasy. The lemon juice and zest give the scrub its fresh scent and provide  cleansing and skin brightening properties.  The rosemary adds an aromatherapy element as well as natural antiseptic benefits.  Rosemary is believed to also relieve muscle pain and improve mental clarity.  All that in a scrub? You bet! And it is so easy to make.  It would be a lovely Mother’s Day gift with a plant and a new pair of gardening gloves perhaps.  But it’s not just for gardeners…it is a wonderful hand cleanser to keep handy by the kitchen sink.  Now if that scrub could just help me remember all the latin names of the plants in my garden!



Lemon~Rosemary Gardener's Hand Scrub

  • Servings: Makes 1 cup
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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • zest 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, cut finely
  1. In a medium sized bowl place the sugar.  Zest the lemon peel into the sugar.  Add the chopped rosemary sprigs then the lemon juice and olive oil and mix well.   Store in a glass jar by your sink.
  2. Rub a small amount all over your hands then rinse under water.

To see the original source for the scrub recipe, please visit: http://premeditatedleftovers.com/gardening/lemon-rosemary-gardeners-hand-scrub/#_a5y_p=1457777


Wishing you many wonderful hours in your garden!

20 thoughts on “Lemon~Rosemary Gardener’s Hand Scrub

  1. I can almost smell it. Got all done in time and it was was powered by Snickers. Thank you for coming by and bring motivation. Having dinner tonight w neighbors at Yang Ming.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. I just loved seeing my gift on your blog — your description of the scrub is spot on and I love that you are enjoying it! I was also touched how you included the little bird votive I gave you years ago in the photo. I notice it now and again in your photos — am pleased that it has come in handy 🙂 I am thankful for our friendship and just love reading your blog!!

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed the post Michele! I knew you would recognize those bird candle holders-I put them in the post just for you! I use those all the time. Did you know you gave me the striped tea towels too as a hostess gift? They often appear on the blog too. So this was a homage to you! I am honored you enjoy the blog, thankful for your encouragement and blessed with our friendship. xo Johanne Lamarche


  3. Love, love this post Johanne. A wonderful description of the lemon-rosemary scrub and it’s uses. A great idea and it would definitely be a great hostess gift for anyone who loves gardening. I’ll surely be coming back to this post when I need to replicate it. 🙂

    • Lovely to know I touched another gardener’s heart, Loretta. I thought this could be a great activity for your garden volunteers to make in the off season. I even used it to scrub grease off textured kitchen backsplash tiles last week and it worked while regular cleaners did not! It can easily be varied with other herbs. I know this was one of the programs for my neighborhood garden club, of which I am not a member, during the winter.

      Johanne Lamarche


  4. This is such a great idea. I recently made my own silver polish and am keen to make more of my own household products from straightforward ingredients – just like this. Plus I LOVE your photographs.

  5. Joanne, this scrub looks wonderful and the recipe is so simple. I am going to make this for my sister-in-law to bring to her home this weekend. Such simple ingredients. I am sure it smells heavenly.

    Happy mother’s day to you.

    Warm regards


  6. What a delightful gift Johanne 🙂 I think I’d be tempted to eat it or at least lick my fingers! I love your photo of the basket of lemons – enticing me to make this gorgeous smelling scrub! Weeding or scrub making…

    • Oh I hope you chose scrub making! The weeds will always be thriving. Thank you for commenting on the bowl of lemons. I love that photo as well which I took in my garden on an old bench. Enjoy the scrub after all the weeding! 🙂

      Johanne Lamarche


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