This past weekend we stopped by a farmer’s market of sorts. We have a new grocery store opening soon where I live called Roots Zero Waste Market. I’m so excited for this store to open as it will really help reduce plastic bag use among other things.
Back to the farmer’s market.
Roots had a booth set up and a little station where you could make your own hand sanitizer using natural ingredients. The ingredients actually have beneficial benefits on the skin. Beyond eating healthy foods, what we put on our skin is also important in promoting overall health! And this time of year, there are a whole lot of germs lurking around. What better time to make a DIY hand sanitizer to take with you?
Thanks to Roots for the idea and the how-to!
Commercial hand sanitizer is filled with chemicals and things that we really shouldn’t put near our skin. The main component of hand sanitizer is alcohol which is very drying and harsh on the skin. And we all know that burn when you use some hand sanitizer, forgetting you have a little cut. The burn!!
Another thing, commercial hand sanitizer is anti-bacterial but not anti-viral. Thanks to essential oils, this DIY one targets both.
This sanitizer is gentle on the skin and has soothing and healing benefits for skin.
Instead of alcohol, we use witch hazel. Witch hazel works as an antimicrobial but is very gentle on the skin. It can actually help reduce skin irritation
Aloe Vera acts as a moisturizer and skin soother. It’s rich in vitamins C and E which help promote healthy skin. Be sure to choose pure aloe vera gel without added dyes or weird chemicals. Try one of these brands if you need some recommendations.
Lavender essential oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Tea tree and frankincense essential oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. They both have healing benefits and may reduce the appearance of scars, too.
Orange essential oil is antibacterial (and smells lovely).
This recipe is perfect for a 2 oz glass spray bottle. It’s best not to use plastic when using essential oils.
- 2 TB aloe vera gel
- 1 TB alcohol-free witch hazel
- 8-12 drops each of a mix of these essential oils: lavender, tea tree, frankincense, orange
*When I made mine, I used 10 drops each of lavender, orange, and frankincense.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water
- Use a small funnel or spoon to get all ingredients into the jar.
- Give it a shake and you’re good to go.
Sometimes, it’s good for us to encounter germs to strengthen our immune system. But sometimes you want something for emergencies like after using a porta-potty or when you’re around sneezing kids!
I hope you try this out. I’d love to hear about it if you do.