With all that is in the news about the influenza virus each winter, you may be looking for natural ways you can protect your family. Queue the soap and hand sanitizer!
The flu is usually not a serious illness for most, but it can take 2-3 weeks for a full recovery. And for those with a weak immune system, like the elderly or small children, it can be a serious illness. One of the easiest ways to protect yourself is washing your hands, or using hand sanitizer when hand-washing is not an option.
That being said, I set out to make an easy recipe for hand sanitizer I could make at home. Of course, it had to feature essential oils. There are a lot of great recipes out there, but if you’re going for cheap and simple, this is the ticket!
This recipe is 2 ingredients plus my essential oils…super easy!
Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/8 cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp witch hazel
- After you’ve gathered your supplies, mix the aloe vera gel and witch hazel in an amber container. (I use a small, 2 oz container that can fit in a pocket of my purse.)
- Then add your essential oils in the amount specified above to the mixture and shake well.
- Once everything is mixed, make sure to label it with the essential oils you used.
It is now ready to use anytime you’re out in public with no sink available. I carry it around in my purse all the time, but make sure not to leave it out in extreme heat. This could make your mixture go bad sooner than normal. Keep in mind, since the carrier is aloe vera gel, which is water-based, the mixture will only keep for a month or two. After that make sure to mix up another batch!
The Perfect Essential Oils for Hand Sanitizer
There are a number of essential oils you could use for this. Some good choices include Peppermint, Lemon, Lime, Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Bergamot. They all have antiseptic and antibacterial properties which are great for keeping germs at bay. When making some hand sanitizer the kids will use, you may want to go with some of the milder essential oils that are less likely to cause skin irritation and sensitivity. Some options could be Lemon, Frankincense and Lavender.
Also, make sure to use only a total of 5 drops to avoid skin irritation. Use daily along with good hand-washing technique for immune support. I carry a small bottle in my purse for those situations when my children are surrounded by germs. Which for my kids, seems like all the time! For more information on preventing the flu check out our podcast!