Back to School for so many families. One of the recommended products in the supply list is hand sanitizer. It is quite a convenient item to wash the hands without water. However, what I prefer for my family is using essential oils. I prefer using these because the plant oils work on such a deeper level to combat illness.
When we inhale molecules of antibacterial plant oils, these work in the olfactory system to touch upon all the organs and cells that are linked with the sense of smell.
I have read studies over the years that noted that inhaling antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal essential oils works for hours to support the body in maintaining health.
I began to test this theory during flu season, especially holiday time when many people are out shopping. I would apply an essential oil perfume I made or inhale one from the bottle and have my children do the same. We were very healthy that year.
Now that school is back in session for us, I make hand sanitizer. However this is perfect to keep with you in the car, purse, or backpack anytime you may feel some extra help would be beneficial.
Here is how I make ours. Very simple and natural.
Aloe Vera Gel
Container for the hand sanitizer
In this case we are recycling some Olivia received last year
I pour the Aloe gel into a measuring cup that has the spout, for ease of pouring into the containers. I add enough essential oils to my preference. Depending on which oil used, 4-9 drops per oz of aloe vera is sufficient to do the job. Less is more, so start with the lowest amount first. Shake and let sit for a couple hours. Open up your lid and smell. If you can pick up the essential oils upon inhalation, you are at a great start. Try this and see. You can always add a few drops if this does not seem strong enough.
Be careful especially with citrus oils as they tend to eat plastic. Use minimal citrus in a plastic container or none at all. We use our Protect Essential oil blend quite often which I use for cleaning as well. This does contain lemon oil.
However, there are many oils you can choose from.
Powerhouse Oregano and Thyme have been found to combat MRSA.
Tea tree, lavender, lemon, geranium are good for bacteria and smell pretty good.
Hyssop, rosemary, sage, eucalyptus, cinnamon, mints, clary sage have some antiviral properties as well.
One reason why I use our Protect blend is due to its all encompassing properties.
The most important is to smell good so your child will use it. Lavender is usually well suited for children.
This is also a project the children can get into themselves and make their own.