I’ve never been a huge germaphobe. The 20 second rule is an art form in my house. Heck, let’s be honest, we’re good with the 20 minute rule at times! But there are some situations where extra germ fighting power is just plain necessary. You know, like those moments in a public bathroom where your kid squats down (embarrassing enough!) and then – BAM! – smacks both hands flat down on the floor! Or possibly worse yet, grabs the toilet seat. I’m getting the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.
In those instances, I feel like a good hand washing just isn’t enough. So I’ve always been one to have hand sanitizer, well, on hand. In my purse/diaper bag, car, a large bottle by the kitchen sink; wherever I may need it, hand sanitizer was at the ready!
That’s until I got a severe eczema outbreak on my hands about two and a half years ago. I don’t recall having eczema that bad since I was in middle school. I can remember my mother sitting on me to keep me still, kicking and screaming, so she could apply the prescribed steroid cream to the cracked open skin on my hands.
This most recent outbreak was no exception, and I think it may actually have been worse. I couldn’t do anything without the skin on my hands cracking open and bleeding. Dress my children, blood on their clothes. Clean the bathrooms, blood dripping from the trigger on the bottle of cleaner. Bathing my children or myself was agony. Wearing thick gloves to do the dishes was no longer enough, I had to resort to turning down my scalding hot water, and let me tell ya, dishes just don’t get as clean without scalding hot water. (Wait, maybe I am a germaphobe… Gasp!)
There were even moments where picking up a cooked kernel of corn or a blueberry that one of my kids had dropped on the floor brought me to tears. I was miserable. So when the doctor suggested hand sanitizer in place of good old soap and water (as those are harsh on skin with eczema), I looked at him as if he had lost his mind.
Alcohol on my broken open skin?? No thank you!
I decided to stick with soap and water and mass amounts of lotion. That was already about as much stinging as I could handle!
Then I started to use essential oils.
Since beginning my journey with Young Living Essential Oils, almost 8 months ago, my eczema has cleared. I can live life like a normal human being. Praise The Lord!! But, before the eczema cleared, I learned that I could make my own hand sanitizer without using harsh alcohol, or all those other toxic things they put in it. I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
Especially since this recipe uses my beloved Thieves.
Thieves is a blend of clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils.
Pretty cool story about how this blend got its name; in the 15th century there was a band of thieves in Europe that was robbing the homes of people who were sick with the plague, but they weren’t getting sick themselves. When they were finally apprehended by authorities they were offered a lesser sentence in exchange for revealing how they had avoided contracting the plague. Their secret? They would soak handkerchiefs in these herbs and spices and use them to cover their nose and mouth during their robberies. Smart thieves.
Thieves essential oil blend is highly antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-infectious.
Basically, anti-all-that-yucky-icky-stuff. Hence my love of this oil! It is my go-to if sickness begins to rear it’s ugly head. So imagine my joy when I learned I could use it make a hand sanitizer!
The great part about this hand sanitizer, besides being a non-toxic, germ fighting machine, is that it is gentle on skin. No harsh, drying ingredients like alcohol that make you cringe when it touches open skin. In fact, because the base of this recipe is aloe, it is actually moisturizing and good for your skin. No more worries if I forget to throw lotion into my purse!
So, down to the nitty gritty – how to make this wonderful hand sanitizer.
- Start with filling your squeeze bottle with aloe, about ⅔ full.
- Next, add the Vitamin E.
- Add 6 drops of Young Living Thieves Essential Oil and give it a shake.
- Lastly, add a little distilled water until it is to the consistency you like.
Voila! Natural, non-toxic, moisturizing hand sanitizer! Most importantly, it’s safe for kids too!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. The statements in this post are meant for educational and entertainment purposes only. Post may contain affiliate links.