Updated: Jul 22, 2020
No doubt you have been among those who've stormed the stores in search of hand sanitizer. I am sure you quite quickly found out, at this time in the world of retail, hand sanitizer is running in short supply, along with toilet paper, garlic, and vitamin C supplements! Working in a hospital, I always have my sanitizer on hand (pun intended). I make it from my basic apothecary supplies of these 3 to 4 items: essential oils, alcohol (100+ Proof), aloe and/or vitamin E. Here is the super simple yet effective recipe to make your own, along with a few links for ingredient options:
NATURAL HAND SANITIZER
You will need a clean bottle that holds 8 oz. I prefer glass spray bottles. Add all the ingredients into a shaker bottle, shake to blend, & fill up your 8 oz. bottle.
5 oz. 100+ proof vodka. If you do not have vodka, you can use another clear alcohol, but it must be at least 100 proof (50% alcohol). Typical rubbing alcohol is 70% or you can find isopropyl rubbing alcohol that is 90-99% by volume.
10 - 15 drops of tea tree essential oil
10 drops clove bud essential oil (you can sub cinnamon or ginger essential oil).
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 - 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 - 10 drops rosemary essential oil
2 - 3 oz. aloe vera gel OR vitamin E oil (this adds a moisturizing property).
* The oil to alcohol ratio is 5 to 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of the base (alcohol + vitamin E or aloe).
* If you don't have all of these oils on hand, simply adjust the recipe. Example: If you only have lavender and lemon essential oils, use 30- 40 drops of lavender and 30 - 40 drops of lemon essential oil in the blend.
* SHAKE! You will need to shake the bottle with each use of the sanitizer in order to blend all the ingredients with each application for optimal efficacy.
Germ Fighter Essential Oil Blend from Plant Therapy https://amzn.to/39Zl5Ug
Clove Bud Essential Oil, Organic https://amzn.to/38VzJu6
Ginger Essential Oil, Organic https://amzn.to/33m1dYO
Lemon Essential Oil, Organic https://amzn.to/3aZ774Q
Rosemary Essential Oil, Organic from Plant Therapy https://amzn.to/2INdrjH
Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Organic https://amzn.to/39TIzKk
Aloe Vera Gel, Organic cold-pressed https://amzn.to/2wWpqc0
100% Vitamin E Oil https://amzn.to/3d3culi
Holding hands and warm hugs are a beautiful thing, but not when we run the risk of passing on our ills to another. Therefore, practice smart hygiene, regular holistic self-care, get your rest (7 to 10 hours a night), drink plenty of water daily, take vitamin C, nourish with whole foods, release stress and worry, do not let fear conquer you, and keep those hands CLEAN!