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Aromatherapy Hand Sanitizer

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

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.

Formulating Steps:

1) Mix the essential oils and jojoba, then shake.

2) Top off the bottle with the 190 proof alcohol, shake well.

Carrier Oils

  • 20 mls 190 proof alcohol

  • 10 mls organic jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)

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 breastfeeding.

Here is a substitute blend of essential oils for children and during pregnancy: Suggested 1% blend of essential oils:

  • 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

  • 3 drops Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)

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;;

Retrieved February 24, 2020.

2) PubMed Article: Antimicrobial activities of Leptospermum isolated from Leptospermum scoparium seeds and structure-activity relationships of its derivatives against foodborne bacteria;; Retrieved February 24, 2020.

3) PubMed Article: Seasonal Variation in the Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Volatile Oils of Three Species of Leptospermum (Myrtaceae) Grown in Brazil;; Retrieved February 24, 2020.

4) Worwood, Valerie Ann; The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy; Novato, CA; New World Library; 2016; pages 594, 595, 602, 603, 626, 627.

5) Battaglia, Salvatore; The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 3rd edition; Virginia Q. Australia; The Perfect Potion; 2018;

Pages 400-403, 340-343, 566-572.

6) Tisserand, Robert, and Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh, 2014 Second Edition, page 307, 344, 345, 451.

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