Essential Oils Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Just in Time for the Winter Sniffles!

Personally, I am not a huge fan of commercial hand sanitizer due to their drying alcohol additives and other antibacterial ingredients, like triclosan, that contribute to other resistant strains of bacteria. However, I do enjoy knowing I took some precaution towards preventing sickness; especially during these winter months when the common cold falls upon us like snowflakes. Thankfully, I stumbled upon an easy recipe that incorporates essential oils to not only fight off bad bacteria, but add a lovely aroma to this season of sickness.

Essentials oils have been incessantly praised for their many home remedy uses, and now there is one more: essential oil hand sanitizer gel. This easy to make recipe is perfect for on the go families, or busy work environments, 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 (I use this organic one)
  • 20 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Reusable Silicon Container

Here’s how simple it is:

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicon tube (like this one).
  2. Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.

This recipe is not written in stone, and therefore any of the essential oils mentioned can be omitted or added to make this sanitizer your very own. 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 desired 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: