For many years now, I have formulated and used aromatherapy hand sanitizer. I carry a bottle in my purse, car, traveling, and other public places I visit. It is so easy to carry in a pocket or purse and well worth the protection from bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.
Start with a 1oz./ 30ml PET plastic bottle with a flip lid or a glass bottle.
1) Mix the essential oils and jojoba, then shake.
2) Top off the bottle with the 190 proof alcohol, shake well.
Suggested 5% blend of Essential Oils for Healthy Adults.
10 drops Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
10 drops Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis ct. decumbens)
10 drops Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool)
I chose these specific essential oils for their antiviral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and immune-stimulating properties. Please note the particular chemotypes of Thyme and Hyssop. The basic chemotype Hyssopus officinalis has many precautions, including toxic ketones, as a result of the high percentage of pinocamphone.
Apply a dime size of the hand sanitizer after you wash your hands or after being in public areas for an extended time.
Precautions: This higher dilution formulation above is not recommended for those with on anticoagulant medication, children, during pregnancy, or breast feeding.
Here is a substitute blend of essential oils for children and during pregnancy: Suggested 1% blend of essential oils:
Other tips to keep your immune system healthy:
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap often.
Open public doors with a tissue, your shirt shelve, or elbow.
Get plenty of rest.
Keep well, hydrated. Drink plenty of warm water.
Stop eating refined sugar and other processed foods.
Keep your stress level as low as possible.
If your nose itches, do a neti pot cleanse with just warm water and salt.
If your throat starts to ache, do a saltwater gargle with just warm water and salt.
Use essential oils in nasal inhalers, room spritzers, and an aromatherapy hand sanitizer.
1) Hands Image; free for commercial use; CCO Creative Commons; found on Pixabay; https://pixabay.com/photos/hands-together-handshake-give-1947915/;
Retrieved February 24, 2020.
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3) PubMed Article: Seasonal Variation in the Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Volatile Oils of Three Species of Leptospermum (Myrtaceae) Grown in Brazil; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6259844/; Retrieved February 24, 2020.
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