Just in Time for the Winter Sniffles!

Commercial hand sanitizers can be icky, drying, and include nasty ingredients that contribute to creating resistant strains of bacteria (EW). However, it is important to take some precautions against sickness, especially with the flu, colds, and some nasty stomach bugs going around! Thankfully, I stumbled upon an easy recipe that incorporates essential oil to not only fight off bad bacteria, but add a lovely aroma to this season of sickness.

This easy to make recipe is perfect for on the go families, or busy work environments. It is so easy that even your kids can make it! Most of the oils listed in these recipes can be purchased at the Yoga in ME Studio, just ask the staff!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Reusable Silicon Container or glass jar

Here’s how simple it is:

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicon tube or glass jar
  2. Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.

Feel free to add and subtract oils to make this recipe your own, although keep in mind that the tea tree and cinnamon are the germ fighters. The best part is it doesn’t dry out your skin like the cold weather does!

It Doesn’t Stop There!

If you are still seeking a little more punch to your germ fighting remedy, try this instead:

  • 1 tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • 10 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Distilled Water (or Colloidal Silver/Ionic silver if available)


  1. Mix well and add distilled water (or Colloidal/Ionic silver) to thin to desired consistency and add any other oils to change up the smell
  2. Use a small funnel or medicine dropper to transfer hand sanitizer into spray or pump type bottles.
  3. Use as you would any other type of hand sanitizer.

Like anything in life, moderation is key and some bacteria here and there is actually beneficial for your body. But on the days you are pumping gas, or playing with the kiddos at the park you may want to have some homemade sanitizer on hand- pun intended!