Hand sanitizers are great when it isn’t feasible to wash your hands.
It’s just another step to keep germs and viruses out of our bodies.
But when I look at the ingredients in many of the bottles, my first thought is I don’t want that in my body either.
So I turned to hand sanitizers made with natural ingredients.
The high cost that I would have to consistently pay and really wanting to know what I was constantly putting in my bloodstream caused me to do more research. I found a basic recipe, which i will share at the end of this blog. I took the recipe over to my sister at sofreshsmells.com and we got inspired. We figure if we are going to be using this consistently, we may as well add other benefits, even healing benefits. We played around until we found 3 perfect blends; all of them smell amazing, feel moisturizing and they’re made with natural ingredients.
One of my favorites is our peppermint blend.
The smell is addicting. And it feels great on my hands. But what I like most are the benefits to the rest of my body. It’s the included Ylang Ylang essential oil. Have you heard of it?
It’s been known to boost your mood, alleviate anxiety and help with depression.
It’s also supposed to lower blood pressure, help with headaches, fever, even insomnia.
How can you use it?
Some people apply it to their skin for the calming effects, other people use it in their food, and others include it in their cosmetics… even soaps. We add it to several products including soaps and hand sanitizers.
I promised you a DIY hand sanitizer recipe.
This is a basic recipe. I love that there are so few ingredients.
You can play around with adding other essential oils but do your research first.
All oils do NOT get along.
I’d love to know if you try it out. Send us photos!
DIY HAND SANITIZER GEL RECIPE
10 drops lavender essential oil
25 drops tea tree essential oil
2 ounces ethyl alcohol 90%+ (180+ proof) or 91%+ isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
1 ounce aloe vera gel
¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to your bottle and mix.
Add alcohol to the oils and mix again.
Next add the aloe vera gel and mix well.
Shake gently before each use.
Note – always use colored bottles when using essential oils so they are not exposed to light. The sun speeds up the shelf life and changes the oil.
Not feeling confident in your homemaking skills, or just don’t have the time or ingredients to make your own? Try any of our homemade hand sanitizers. They start with the basic recipe, but include other oils for other healing benefits.