What to do when your trusted hand sanitizing gel is out of stock, or you want to save cost in hand sanitizer because you see that you are going to be using it long term? Besides, alcohol-based sanitiser is drying and toxic and destroys natural skin barrier and makes our skin more susceptible to infection and allergic reaction.
Here’s a simple way to make your own with mostly natural ingredients when pharmaceutical sanitisers are not available. (Afterall mankind’s original antiseptic came from nature….)
What You Need:
Aloe Vera gel – it’s a natural anti-septic that inhibits fungi, bacteria and viruses and it has pretty good skin moisturizing and healing effect; buy it as a tub from make up supply stores, health food stores, or you can extract directly from the actual aloe vera plant. (If you cannot find it, you may also use our Phit Gel which is aloe-vera based with oxygen.
(Authentic) essential oils – most authentic essential oils are known for their remarkable anti-microbial and anti-viral effect; they are plant’s natural defenses and mankind’s first antiseptic and disinfectant. They also contribute to the wonderful refreshing scent.
There are endless options for what to use. To keep things simple, we suggest these two ready and proven blends so we cover a wide ground and you don’t have to buy a whole lot of essential oils to start with:
- Young Living Thieves (mix of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary)
- Young Living Purification (mix of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree)
If you find Thieves being out of stock due to high demand, or if you do not have the Starter kit which includes it, you may get the Melrose blend (tea tree, niaouli, rosemary and clove), adding (additional) single oils of Clove, Cinnamon Bark and Lemongrass. These are all hard core disinfecting essential oils.
Raven (mix of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Wintergreen) is also a good blend with refreshing and immune supporting oils.
Additionally for your added enjoyment and more synergy, you may also use Bergamot and Geranium for their wonderful scent and both also have good antiseptic properties to boot.
Or refer to the ingredients of the blends above and make your own blend. Use a variety – citrus, spicy, leaf and bark oils, to cover a good ground.
If you do have Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit (which is a good value set many people get to start their aromatic lifestyle), you can easily add these two essential oils with antiseptic properties to your blend as well:
- Peppermint (for refreshing scent)
- Lavender (for relaxing scent)
- RC (blend of Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus citriodora, Myrtle, Pine, Spruce, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress, and Peppermint)
Distilled water – to achieve your preferred consistency
Alcohol (such as 70% – 75% alcohol commonly found in your first aid kit – either isopropyl alcohol or ethanol based) If unavailable, other spirits you can get. Ricqlues (a spirit containing 80% alcohol) available from pharmacies is an option.
(Even if you leave out the alcohol, the sanitising gel will still work with enough essential oils but alcohol adds to the disinfecting effect and helps evaporation. Be cautious and keep product away from children in ca
se of swallowing because alcohol has high toxicity.)
Plastic squeezy bottle and/or standing lotion bottle (glass or plastic) with pump. You may probably recycle containers you already have and not have to buy new containers. Hard and good quality plastic containers are okay to be used with essential oils. Single use plastic will disintegrate with the essential oils.
Nice to Haves:
Vitamin E or vegetable oil – if aloe vera is not enough, Vitamin E will protect your skin more, especially if you are in dry weather and you are including alcohol in the mix
You can also add any skin moisturizing vegetable oil such as avocado oil which is high in Vitamin E. (If you know you do well with coconut oil it is a good choice also as it has some anti-microbial properties. But years of Bioresonance assessments have shown us that more people resonate with avocado oil than coconut oil, given both are genuine and pure. Of course you can use other vegetable oils too. Try a small batch first to see if you like the effect.)
Colloidal Silver – long known for anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral effect; you can use colloidal Silver suspended water instead of distilled water to enhance the effect of your end product.
Be serious about Essential Oil Quality
We use Young Living only because we know their quality from experience and from many Bioresonance assessments. The ready and proven blends we mentioned above can save you time and money and you don’t have to end up with many single oils that you hardly use and end up wasting them.
If you are using aromatherapy grade essential oils, they should also be authentic and would work from our experience although we have found them to be less potent in general so more is required (about 30%) for similar effect.
In general we have found many other popular brands of essential oils not “resonating” with human body according to Bioresonance testing and we would not risk using them in critical situations. What you put on your skin you absorb into your blood. And if you will be using this gel to clean your cutlery then it’s even less advisable to just use any brands of essential oils that you would never put into your mouth.
How to Make:
Step 1: Place 250gm to 300gm aloe vera gel in a big bowl or tub.
Step 2: Add in essential oils (total approx. 45-50 drops). There are many possible combinations. Refer to Point #2 about the blend of essential oils you can consider. These are a few you can try or modify:
DIY Recipe A:
20 – 24 drops Young Living Thieves (mix of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary)
12 – 16 drops Young Living Purification (mix of Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree)
8 – 12 drops Young Living Peppermint (We like it for the refreshing scent and for the added anti-microbial effect. If you skip this just use more of Thieves and Purification blend)
DIY Recipe Blend B:
24 drops of Young Living Melrose blend (blend of tea tree, niaouli, rosemary and clove)
18-20 drops of Young Living Raven Blend (blend of Ravintsara, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Wintergreen)
DIY Recipe Blend C (minimal effort):
45-50 drops of Young Living Melrose blend/Thieves Blend
Step 3: Stir.
Step 4: Add distilled water by the spoonful until the right consistently is achieved.
Step 5: Optionally add Ricqlues or rubbing alcohol by the spoonful. Stir some more to achieve even distribution of all ingredients and desired consistently.
Step 6: Pour into desired containers.
We suggest you do not make too much in one go so that you do not need to worry about preservatives.
Use it as a non-drying hand sanitizer. You may also use it to wipe table and cutlery when you eat out. Use it with a tissue to clean door handle, toilet seat etc.
Note: We stock many of the ingredients mentioned above. Stock availability changes very fast and we may not update our webstore in time. Feel free to check with us for latest availability and price. Thank you!
Note for sanitizing to prevent coronavirus:
Medical advice is that the best way to clean our hands is still to wash them with soap and water. Hand sanitizing is used when that is not an option. You can add authentic essential oils mentioned above in your soap base to enhance it.