Winter is well under way, bringing cold and wind, dry and damp, and — unfortunately — the sniffles and coughs of family and coworkers. At Selby Acupuncture, we are strong proponents of prevention, because if your body is in balance, you will handle the inevitable exposure to colds and flu more capably.
One of my favorite ways to reduce viral invasions is this recipe for Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer.
You will need witch hazel and three essential oils: lavender, tea tree, and sweet orange. Witch hazel is easily found at drugstores, and all the local co-ops carry EOs. In addition, you’ll need a 2-oz glass spray bottle; co-ops usually have them, too. Once you have everything, it takes only a minute to make, and it smells awesome!
Instructions: Place 2 ounces of witch hazel in your spray bottle. Add 10 drops of lavender, 10 drops of tea tree, and 4 drops of sweet orange.
As an alternative, aloe vera gel can be used instead of witch hazel. If you make this version, you’ll need to use a pump or squeeze bottle instead.
Lavender has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is soothing and balancing, and is useful for minor cuts, bruises, burns, and blemishes.
Tea Tree has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, and is stimulating to the immune system. It has an uplifting, energizing effect on the mind.
Sweet Orange has a refreshing, sweet citrus aroma. It has antiseptic properties, and can soften and rejuvenate the skin.
(EO info from Therapeutic Essential Oil Guide: Singles and Synergies by Katherine Graf and Joni Keim.)
[written by Lori]