How to Make Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer
200 B.C. “Here, eat this root”
A.D. 1000 “That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer”.
A.D. 1850 “That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion”.
A.D. 1940 “That potion is snake oil. Here, take this pill”.
A.D. 1985 “That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic”.
A.D. 2000 “That antibiotic does not work. Here, take this root”.
Back to Basics
I love this parable. We have come full circle it seems.
Back to basics: back to nature and all it has to offer. Throw in modern technology, extensive research and blend them all together and you have a magical recipe for homemade solutions that work on mind body and soul.
By choosing to omit the bad ingredients like toxins, chemicals and synthetic fragrance we can whip some healthy choices for all the family in the kitchen costing considerably less. What we put on our bodies is as important as what we put into them since we absorb over half of what we apply.
This hand sanitizer is a perfect example of utilizing simple ingredients that stem from plants. What I have chosen to omit is just as important as the ones in this recipes.
No irritating alcohol or hormone disrupting toxins which are both regularly found in commercial brands. There are homemade sanitizers that do have rubbing alcohol and vegetable glycerine added but I have not tried these yet.
I wanted to go the no alcohol route and keep cost down while making an effective product I could use on children over the age of 2.
Great Article on Hand Sanitizer Ingredients
Lavender Hand Sanitizer
- 1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
- Distilled Water
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Orange Essential Oil (optional)
- 4 oz dark glass spray bottle (blue, amber or green)
- Start by pouring your distilled water about ¾ of the way up your bottle.
- Add the aloe vera gel.
- Carefully add the lavender and sweet orange essential oils.
- Secure with cap and give a good shake to mix.
- Apply a couple of sprays into the palms of the hands and rub hands together.
- Repeat as often as you need to.
Handbag, Trial Size or Travel Size Recipe
Change main recipe to the following quantities and use a 1 oz bottle.
1 tsp aloe vera gel, distilled water and 1 drop of each essential oil or use 2 drops of lavender. Make in the same way.
Good for keeping in the car, handbag, baby room, bathroom, kitchen, as a trial run or when travelling.
Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol and Glycerine
Air Purifying Plant
Make sure you keep the hand sanitizer out of reach of children and pets. While this recipe does not contain alcohol, the essential oils are potent and volatile, not safe to be ingested by curious kids or pets.
I would recommend buying the best quality and go with an organic brand of aloe vera gel and essential oils to be sure of getting the very best nutrients and benefits.
Aloe Vera gel I found out sometime ago can be a difficult one to find without some unsavory ingredients. Here are some of the good guys that I would recommend:
Available to purchase directly from them online—they are a fabulous site to check out. Their aloe vera gel contains aloe vera gel, xanthan gum, citric acid and potassium sorbate. Watch out for their special offers. Their gel can be great value at a 16 oz size for $5.75.
A small business based in Texas using organically grown aloe vera. Their gel comes in different quantities and contains 99.75% aloe vera, potassium sorbate, citric and ascorbic acid. A 32 oz (2 pk) size is $18.50 and they are also available all over the USA. For local stockists, check out their website.
The Big Bug Busters
These essential oils are antiseptic, antibacterial and many are anti-viral, perfect for selecting from and versatile in the home making them cost effective. From house cleaners to homemade skin care there are hundreds of uses and benefits for these oils. I have given a quick highlight of the many therapeutic benefits.
They are not in the top most expensive oils so easier on the spending. I used only two but for variation why not try a spin on the traditional Thieves Oil?
Use 5 drops each of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. Add 10 drops of either orange, grapefruit or lemon essential oils. The original recipe for this sanitizer used the mythical “Thieves” oil blend in higher quantities but I tweaked it and found it was just as good on small amounts.
- Tea Tree – promotes calmness and makes us more alert. Not the most attractive smelling option but it is a big bug buster being extremely antiseptic and antibacterial.
- Peppermint – energizer, calming and improves mental clarity.
- Cinnamon – one of the most antiseptic oils it helps reduce drowsiness improves concentration.
- Eucalyptus – stimulating, removes fatigue, increases alertness, rejuvenating.
- Lemon – reviving, energizing, helps lift moods, rejuvenating
- Rosemary – an excellent choice that improves memory, information retention and alertness.
- Grapefruit - improves immune system, lifts depression, and helps headaches and tiredness.
- Clove – excellent disinfectant properties, it helps lift depression, fights lethargy and strengthens memory.
DIY Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Gel, Distilled Water and Essential Oils
Food for Thought
Making your own product for keeping the hands free of germs and bugs is cheap, easy and can easily be adapted to meet your own needs or those of your family. Looking at the changes through the years, it is good to see more awareness today on the hidden dangers that lie in mainstream products and the alternatives available. Try thinking kitchen cabinet instead of the medicine cabinet and you will be amazed at what you come up with!
"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty products"
© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway
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