DIY Hand Sanitizers

First of all, I personally have used the following oil blends during times that my body was challenged and I felt like I was fighting a cold or virus and my body needed support.  During the cold and flu seasons, I keep a bottle on my person in preparation. 

There was a time, while on my way to work, that I began feeling a cold coming on. Having this blend of essential oils with me during this hour long commute and using it multiple times, helped me to overcome the cold entirely by the time I arrived at the office. As support, I always continue with a maintenance protocol for another day or two with ultimate success.

There have been times when I didn’t have the essential oil available. When I did get to use it the blend of these oils would always assist my body by halting the cold’s progression and supporting my body immune system to recover from such challenges. 

A person’s body biochemistry (or terrain as I like to refer to it) dictates how quickly a person’s immune system can stop a cold or virus in its tracks and dispense with it through the immune system. 

So now we want to address how to create a hand sanitizer with these same ingredients.  As pointed out earlier, the essential oils family contain some oils with very strong antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.  Creating a hand sanitizer with them will generally be less expensive than the commercial antibacterial hand sterilizers you may normally buy.  Another key point here is that YOU WILL KNOW what is in the product you created and can share that with your friends and relatives.

Using quality oils is the key.  You can test their quality by placing one drop on a piece of paper and observe it evaporate completely, leaving no oily residue.  The antiviral ones used forever in time include:


  • Cinnamon,
  • Lemongrass,
  • Bergamot,
  • Thyme,
  • Lavender,
  • Lemon,
  • Lime,
  • Tea Tree

A famous blend of oils used by corpse robbers during the bubonic plague in the 15th century was purported to have been derived by four thieves using a blend of oils to avoid contracting the highly infectious plague while robbing hundreds of corpses.

This blend came to be known as “Thieves Oil”.  The name has since been copyrighted by Young Living. I, myself, us “Germ Fighter” by Plant Therapy which I have confirmed works very well and costs less.  You could just as well create your own blend using the formula below: 

  • 40 drops clove essential oil
  • 35 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil

To create this hand sanitizer simply take 36 drops of your created blend from the above formula (or from Thieves Oil or Germ Free) and add it to 2 ounces of aloe vera gel as a carrier oil and as support for your hands. Mix it up gently by stirring slowly not briskly or shaking and pour this blend into a squeeze or pump bottle. Know that you’re initial investment in the oils for the custom blend will last a very long time and refills will be inexpensive to make.  

If you think the formula above will cost a lot consider the fact that a 1/2 ounce bottle will provide approximately 300 drops. So in the formula above Clove and Lemon will provide 9 refills while the rest approximately 15 to 30 for Rosemary. 

Set your course naturally!

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