Enjoy another of our video recipes: a quick, easy, DIY, non-toxic, all-natural hand sanitizer recipe to protect your children and you from all of those germies we encounter throughout our daily lives. Whether it's public restrooms, childcare facilities, Jiu-Jitsu mats or you just happen to be running for Congress...
Essential oils have a long history (as long as known civilization, so probably even longer) of warding off microbial predators. Even the Romans used Rosemary to stimulate memory! More recently modern science has given copious credibility to the therapeutic value of essential oils. For those who are interested, check out the following small sampling of studies demonstrating the effectiveness of some of the essential oils included in this recipe:
Aziza Kamal Genena, Haiko Hense, Artur Smania, Simone Machado de Souza. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) – a study of the composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of extracts obtained with supercritical carbon dioxide.
Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos, Campinas, 28(2): 463-469, abr.-jun. 2008
Long M, Tao S, Rojo de la Vega M, et al. Nrf2-dependent suppression of azoxymethane/dextran sulfate sodium-induced colon carcinogenesis by the cinnamon-derived dietary factor cinnamaldehyde. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015;8(5):444-454.
Kara M, Uslu S, Demirci F, Temel HE, Baydemir C. Supplemental carvacrol can reduce the severity of inflammation by influencing the production of mediators of inflammation.
Iwamatsu T, Miyamoto D, Mitsuno H, et al. Identification of repellent odorants to the body louse, Pediculus humanus corporis, in clove essential oil.
Parasitol Res. 2016;115(4):1659-1666
Santin JR, Lemos M, Klein-Júnior LC, et al. Gastroprotective activity of essential oil of the Syzygium aromaticum and its major component eugenol in different animal models.
Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 2011;383(2):149-158
Cal K, Sopala M. Tremendous ex vivo child skin absorption and permeation of eucalyptol.
J Dermatol Sci. 2008;52(2):139-140
The Dirty Truth:
The CDC says: “Feces (poop) from people or animals is an important source of germs like Salmonella, E. coli O157, and norovirus that cause diarrhea, and it can spread some respiratory infections like adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease.” (Btw, not being limber enough to put your foot in your mouth does not protect you from “hand-foot-mouth disease”, although a lot of kids are).
Also from the CDC: “A single gram of human feces—which is about the weight of a paper clip—can contain one trillion germs. Germs can also get onto hands if people touch any object that has germs on it because someone coughed or sneezed on it or was touched by some other contaminated object. When these germs get onto hands and are not washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.”
“About 1.8 million children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the world.”
Do you smell it yet? I know, right?! It’s everywhere…
Our favorite essential oil hand spray recipe is based off of Dr Rosen’s (integrative pediatrician and co-author of Treatment Alternatives for Children) ‘DIY natural hand sanitizer’. You can read more about Dr Rosen HERE.
- Start with a 2 ounce spray bottle.
- Fill it about ¾ full with water.
- Add 1 TBSP of aloe vera gel.
- Add 10 drops of our **Immunity Blend of essential oils.
- Put the top back on the spray bottle and shake until mixed thoroughly.
- Spray two or three times on your hands and rub together.
- Repeat as needed.
**If you aren’t using the Immunity Blend, you can use:
5 drops each of cinnamon, clove, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils.
10 drops of either lemon, wild orange or grapefruit essential oil – your preferred aroma.
Franks AH, Harmsen HJM, Raangs GC, Jansen GJ, Schut F, Welling GW. Variations of bacterial populations in human feces measured by fluorescent in situ hybridization with group-specific 16S rRNA-targeted oligonucleotide probes. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1998;64(9):3336-3345.
Liu L, Johnson HL, Cousens S, Perin J, Scott S, Lawn JE, Rudan I, Campbell H, Cibulskis R, Li M, Mathers C, Black RE; Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group of WHO and UNICEF. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality: an updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000. Lancet. 2012 Jun 9;379(9832):2151-61.
Aiello AE, Coulborn RM, Perez V, Larson EL. Effect of hand hygiene on infectious disease risk in the community setting: a meta-analysis.Am J Public Health. 2008;98(8):1372-81.
Lau CH, Springston EE, Sohn MW, Mason I, Gadola E, Damitz M, Gupta RS. Hand hygiene instruction decreases illness-related absenteeism in elementary schools: a prospective cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2012;12:52.