I don’t know about you, but I am ready for summer to be here! Bring on the sunshine and warmer weather! Enough of the cold, rainy days that we have had of late. Thinking about sun, warm weather, and days spent outside, I am in the midst of preparing some of my favorite summer time must haves, all made with simple and natural ingredients and containing essential oils. This will be the first post in a series of some of my favorite summer time DIY recipes.
When preparing recipes with essential oils to use for my family, I always look at other available recipes that are abundant on the internet these days (thank you Pinterest), as well as the properties that various essential oils contain, to come up with just the right combination that works for me. These recipes are things I have personally used and like, but you may prefer a different combination or amount of essential oils to create a different effect.
I am not a doctor (and I don’t play one on TV either). I have no medical training whatsoever. I am just a person seeking more natural options, and an avid user of essential oils who has researched a lot of the properties that various oils have. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA should not take the place of diagnosis, treatment, and advice from a licensed medical practitioner.
I only recommend and use Young Living Essential Oils for my family and in all of my essential oil recipes for their 100% pure, therapeutic grade quality and Seed to Seal guarantee. To find out more about Young Living Essential Oils visit my Young Living website. For more information on essential oils basics and how to use them, visit the Essential Oils tab on this blog.
Now, on to the good stuff!
Hand Sanitizer Spray
Hand sanitizer is something I carry in my purse with me at all times. You just never know when your little ones, or yourself, when get into something grimey. I also use this to clean tables and high chairs in restaurants before my little guy sits down just to make sure he doesn’t pick up any nasty stuff.
I particularly like this recipe because it doesn’t contain alcohol, and is therefore not overly drying to the hands. The aloe vera gel helps with this as well, and also provides a base for the essential oils to mix better with.
Witch Hazel is the main ingredient, as is in many of the DIY health and beauty recipes that I use. If you don’t have Witch Hazel on hand, it’s a must have for any first aid cabinet or beauty regimen. Witch Hazel is distilled from the leaves, bark, and twigs of the Witch Hazel (or Hamamelis Virginiana Linné) plant. Like essential oils, Witch Hazel has been around for a very long time. Witch Hazel has many uses, I like to use it in sanitizing spray because of it’s astringent properties and ability to sanitize and kill bacteria.
Why did I choose these particular essential oils? Thieves oil blend is a no-brainer when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing. A study performed by Weber State University in 1997 proved that Thieves is effective in killing 99% of airborne bacteria. Lemon essential oil (d-limonene) was studied for it’s antibacterial activity in 2000 with a number of other essential oils (many of which are in the Thieves oil blend). The study showed that all of the oils studied exhibited antibacterial activity. In addition to the fantastic properties that both of these oils contain, they smell great too! No chemical or alcohol smell when you use these little gems!
So there you have it!
To make Hand Sanitizer Spray combine the following ingredients in an 4 oz. glass bottle:
- 2 tsp. aloe vera gel
- 2 oz. Witch Hazel
- 25 drops Thieves essential oil blend
- 10 drops Lemon essential oil
- Fill remainder of bottle with distilled water
Shake and spray hands and surfaces liberally.
I hope you enjoy this Hand Santizer Spray as much as my family and I do. Let me know what you think of it!