As we approach the cold & flu season, you may be thinking about how you can prevent your family from getting sick this year. The best place to start is by working on boosting your immune system. We come into contact with germs all day long, but it only leads to sickness when our immune defenses are down. I will be writing more on the topic of herbs to boost the immune system in the near future…
Another thing parents tend to reach for to prevent the spread of germs is hand sanitizer. As my kids and I were leaving the children’s museum the other day, there was a big tub of hand sanitizer and I gotta say it gave me the creeps when my son went to put some on his hands. I am just gonna admit it, I am not into hand sanitizer. That stuff is everywhere these days! And after doing more research into what is found in commercial hand sanitizers, I am feeling pretty confident in my hesitation. They are loaded with pretty toxic ingredients, the main being Triclosan, which can be harmful to the health of our bodies and our environment. If you would like to learn more about it, check out the profile of Triclosan on the Environmental Working Group’s website. If you have never been to their site, it is an amazing resource.
When you think you have been exposed to germs the best thing to do is simply wash your hands with soap and water. Sometimes, when you are out and about, there may not be a sink available. In this case, I would like to suggest making your own all natural hand sanitizer using antimicrobial essential oils. It is simple, effective and safe for your family and the environment.
Tools Needed: 2 ounce spray bottle
Aloe Vera is cooling, hydrating and soothing to the skin. In this formula it helps to soften and balance the essential oils.
Lavender Essential Oil is one of the most useful and one of the safest essential oils. It can destroy bacterial, viral and fungal infections. And it also has a calming affect on the nervous system.
Ravensara Essential Oil is a personal favorite of mine for the prevention and treatment of infections. It fights against both bacterial and viral infections. It also can boost the immune system.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is another gentle yet powerful antibacterial oil, useful in the prevention of bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Directions: Combine all ingredients together in the spray bottle and shake well before each use. I suggest a two ounce bottle because it is easy to carry around in your purse or diaper bag, but you can make any size you would like. Spray directly onto the hands and rub them together.
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