Hand sanitizer doesn't take the place of washing you hands, but it's useful when you have little or no access to clean running water. Following the earthquakes here in Christchurch in September 2010 and again in February 2011 (plus all the after shocks) it got a lot of use in our house.
The combination of essential oils is based on Four Thieves. The story is that during a time of plague in medieval France four thieves were caught robbing the bodies of plague victims. They seemed to have some sort of immunity which they said was due to a combination of herbs, oils and vinegar. The thieves are supposed to have gained their freedom in return for sharing the concoction.
While I can't say if the hand sanitizer will ward off the plague, the essential oils I've used used do have some germ-fighting properties.
Orange is antiseptic and is an anti-oxidant
Cinnamon Leaf is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobal
Clove Bud is antimicrobal and antibacterial
Rosemary is anti-fungal and antibacterial
Lavender is antibacterial and anti-viral
- 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel (or vodka)
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
Place the aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerine in a bowl and stir to combine. In another bowl mix the witch hazel (or vodka) with the vitamin E oil. To this bowl add the following essential oils, stirring to combine after each addition -
- 10 drops clove bud essential oil
- 8 drops sweet orange (or lemon) essential oil
- 5 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
This makes about 1/3 of cup. If you choose to use vitamin E oil the hand sanitizer will keep for up to 12 months.
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