Natural Essential Oil Hand Sanitizers

Do I need a hand sanitizer? Are hand sanitizers effective? Do I choose a natural hand sanitizer? Wait . . .  what  is a natural hand sanitizer? I Just don’t want my kids constantly getting sick. That’s not too much to ask for . . . is it?

In my last post, “To Hand Sanitize or Not to Hand Sanitize? Such a Big Question,” I discussed the hand sanitizing craze that has swept the nation. It’s everywhere and being forced upon young children – and their parents – at school. The question was asked; good thing, bad thing or  is it stress inducing  germaphobia?

As I continued my research I found more documentation that an ethanol (alcohol) hand sanitizer was effective at reducing many viral illnesses – except gastrointestinal viruses. It has its benefit in cutting down on cold and flu time. The stomach virus, not so much. There is no evidence that hand sanitizers reduce the amount of childhood exposure to illness or that they decrease the function of the immune system. Triclosan containing sanitizers should be avoided.

GIRL STOMACH FLUI would suspect that a child exposed to a virus may still have the immune response, building a defense to the specific virus, even though with the help of a hand sanitizer they may not get  the full effect, illness, of the virus. This is my own observation with no studies available to address this.

I recommend essential oils as a daily preventative measure to reduce illness. This is not much different than the use of an alcohol hand sanitizer. I have some suggestions in my blog, “Prevent Illness with Essential Oils: Back to School Remedies.”

You can take these daily suggestions and repurpose them into a hand sanitizing solution. Many of the most effective anti-microbial essential oils are the most irritating – cinnamon, clove, thyme thymol type, oregano, even tea tree and eucalyptus. This is not a problem unless there are wounds – even slight micro Spicescuts – in the skin, which would result in mild to extreme stinging. The other caution is bringing the hands to the eyes. If there is still enough essential oil on the hand that can be transferred to the eyes, boom, ouch, major eye burning and irritation. These oils do not cause serious or long term irritation or damage. The temporary sting is enough to use extreme caution.





Here’s a quick recipe for a mild, minimally irritating formula. To calculate the volume amount used simply take the total volume of the container (example: 4 ounce) and multiply it by the percentage (example: 4 ounce X 0.6 of alcohol = 2.4 ounces). I provide a drop calculation for each essential oil per ounce container used (example: 4 ounce container would use 44 drops of lavender).

60% Organic grain alcohol (or vodka)

20% Aloe Gel

15% Glycerin

5% Essential Oil Blend (Below formula)

Lavender 35% (11 drops per ounce)

Geranium 35% (11 drops per ounce)

MQV 15% (5 drops per ounce)

Cedarwood 15% (5 drops per ounce)