Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer Recipe

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)

Then,

  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!

 

 

Lydia’s Famous Quinoa Black Bean Chili Recipe

Some of you might not know that I LOVE to cook. My favorite method of cooking is to make things up as I go along, and usually my chili recipe is no different. It drives Travis crazy when I’m trying to explain how to make of my recipes (“How much of this do I add?” “Enough” “As much as you need” etc.) But I do have a few recipes that I come back to a variation of over and over.

One of these is my “famous” Quinoa Black Bean Chili Recipe. I make this at home a few times a month in the cooler parts of the year. I also tend to make it for most pot lucks or special events I’m cooking for like the Keep South Berwick Warm Soup Supper. This chili recipe is great for these events because it’s a crowd pleaser, not too spicy, as well as vegan and common allergen-free option.

If you were lucky enough to join us for our 1 day retreat, you already got to try this delicious recipe. If you didn’t make it – you’ll have another chance at the Keep South Berwick Warm Soup Supper (Wednesday November 1 at 5pm).

Want to try it at home? Check out the delicious recipe below: